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Holmes and Watson

MPA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPA) for crude sexual material, some violence, language and drug references.
also known as “Holmes & Watson,” “Holmes és Watson,” “Holmes ja Watson,” “Serlokas Holmsas ir daktaras Vatsonas,” «Холмс & Ватсон», «Холмс и Уотсън»
Not Recommended
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Mystery Comedy
1 hr. 30 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
December 25, 2018 (wide)
DVD: April 9, 2019
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Featuring Will FerrellHolmes
John C. ReillyWatson
Ralph FiennesMoriarty
Lauren LapkusMillie
Kelly MacdonaldMrs. Hudson
Rebecca HallDr. Grace Hart
Hugh LaurieMycroft
Noah JupeDoxy
Steve Coogan
Pam FerrisQueen Victoria
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Director Etan Cohen—“Get Hard” (2015), “Idiocracy” (2005—Writer), “American Dad!” TV series, “King of the Hill” TV series
Producer Columbia Pictures Corporation
Gary Sanchez Productions
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Distributor Distributor: Columbia Pictures. Trademark logo.Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: The “STEP BROTHERS are reunited—this time playing the world’s greatest consulting detective and his loyal biographer—as Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly star as HOLMES & WATSON. They use their brilliant minds to stop rival James Moriarty from assassinating the queen.”

  • Violence: Heavy
  • Profane or vulgar language: Heavy
  • Sex/Nudity: Heavy
  • Drugs: Heavy

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Negative—Very corny movie, a few funny moments, but nothing great, go watch “Step Brothers” instead.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
Jeff Andrew Winters, age 40 (USA)

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Secular Movie Critics
…Making their previous vehicles “Step Brothers” and “Talladega Nights” seem the height of comic sophistication by comparison, “Holmes & Watson” features the duo parodying Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous characters to devastatingly unfunny effect… a strange amount of anachronistic Donald Trump-related humor…
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
…As a director, Coen commits comedy’s most cardinal sin: He gets between us and the performers. …When it’s bad it is, indeed, painful, but even third-rate Will Ferrell + John C. Reilly is more inspired than the noisy contraptions on either side of it in the multiplex…
David Edelstein, Vulture, New York Magazine
…an off-brand, garden-variety parody… the duo’s clueless execution spoils the joke… Is it funny, for instance, to spend an entire movie watching Ferrell’s Holmes try on various hats, knowing that eventually Reilly, as Watson, is bound to steer him toward his trademark deerstalker?…
Peter Debruge, Variety
…The target audience for this movie is someone who knows that masturbation was seen as the cause of numerous physical maladies in the Victorian era, and also thinks Will Ferrell peeing his pants is hilarious… A brilliant supporting cast…utterly wasted on this lame and forgettable outing. …
Dana Schwartz, Entertainment Weekly
…a witless Sherlock Holmes spoof that supplies fewer laughs in its entirety than “Step Brothers” does in its deleted scenes, is that the movie can never decide how dumb it wants to be. Or, more accurately, what kind of dumb it wants to be. …
David Ehrlich, IndieWire
…a looney-tuned misfire… like a cross between a raunchy ‘80s comedy and a Daffy Duck cartoon… It’s frustrating mainly because all of these folks can do much better. …
Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times
…If there are any new jokes left to tell about Holmes, they’re nowhere to be found in the abysmal Holmes & Watson, which might be the worst feature-length film ever made about the “consulting detective” from Baker Street…
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, The A.V. Club
…a thoroughly tedious and never-amusing spoof…
Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
…So excruciatingly awful that you have to wonder what it was, other than their paychecks, that could have possessed the cast and crew to keep coming back each day, when it must have been obvious from the first day of shooting that the project was the most hopeless of cases imaginable. …
Peter Sobczynski,
…It’s just not funny. …
Roger Moore, Movie Nation
…“Holmes & Watson” is one of those movies that goes beyond unfunny and into a comedy-cubist zone, where jokes are no longer recognizable and laughter is philosophically impossible. …
Rafer Guzmán, Long Island Newsday
…not so much a case of whodunit as it is a question why bother…
Marc Savlov, The Austin Chronicle