Sherlock Holmes

Theatrical Release: December 25, 2009
Sherlock Holmes


In a dynamic new portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous characters, “SHERLOCK HOLMES” sends Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country.

The action-adventure mystery “SHERLOCK HOLMES” is helmed by acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie, for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Robert Downey Jr. Brings the legendary detective to life, and Jude Law stars as Holmes. Rachel McAdams stars as Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have bested Holmes and who has maintained a tempestuous relationship with the detective. Mark Strong stars as their mysterious new adversary, Blackwood. Kelly Reilly plays Watson’s love interest, Mary.

Dove Review

In this version of the exploits of the famous detective and his partner we find a much more down to earth and vulnerable Sherlock Holmes. Action and adventure abound in this fast-paced film. We learn about the private lives of the two colleagues (Holmes and Watson) created by Arthur Conan Doyle.

I was pleasantly surprised that language was kept to a minimum. Unfortunately, violence and occult rituals permeate this otherwise enjoyable tale. Due to the content listed below, we cannot award our Dove Seal to this film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A man talks about having an illegitimate son while performing an occult ritual.
Language: D-1; H-1; Good God-1; Good Lord-1
Violence: Lots of shootings, fist fights and explosions; some blood in a few of the fights; one fight shown in slow motion.
Drugs: Mild drinking in a few scenes; man slipped a knock-out drug in wine; Holmes smokes a pipe.
Nudity: Mild Cleavage; shirtless men; full nude male statues; a fully nude Holmes with a pillow covering his private parts.
Other: The occult is dealt with and Sherlock performs an occult ritual to help him solve a crime.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Michael Robert Johnson and Anthony Peckham and Arthur Conan Doyle
Director: Guy Ritchie
Producer: Susan Downey
Genre: Action
Runtime: 128 min.
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe