Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) - Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

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When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.

IMDB: 6.8
Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox
Length: 109 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 10 out of 94 found boring (10.63%)

One-line Reviews (58)

This film, while it does take great liberties with Doyle's writings, is highly entertaining.

A great looking 80's movie with a ho-hum plot.

They will probably find this boring.

To my mind this film is far more entertaining than any in the Harry Potter series and wish it were more recognized for the superb entertainment it is.

The early section of the film is a fanciful, briskly entertaining imaganing of the meeting of a young Holmes and Watson in a British prep school.

Despite that, this is an enjoyable and engaging Sherlock Holmes film to date and is Barry Levinson's incredible achievement and thanks to the help of Steven Spielberg, Chris Columbus, and Henry Winkler.

I was ready to take on the greatest and most exciting adventure of them all, and I knew it was bound to involve Sherlock Holmes.

It's all enjoyable enough, I suppose, if you are happy to accept the use of special effects and, given what happens in the Conan Doyle stories, a somewhat unconvincing love interest for Holmes.

Overall, the mix works, and "Young Sherlock Holmes" is an extremely entertaining film which unfortunately never found it's audience.

The acting was pretty good but I found Elizabeth's death near the end of the film to be over-the-top and rather pointless.

I found the actors below par and uninspiring, although at least there are a few distinguished faces in support.

The hat, the pipe, the memorable lines like "Elementary" and " the game is afoot " are all quite enjoyable.

It maintains a high level of suspenseful urgency throughout, thanks to Levinson.

The strongest aspects goes to the riveting action sequences, the rousing music score from Bruce Broughton, and the top notch cast.

The memorable introduction of Holmes and Watson in the college, the great dialogues involving riddles, and the magic art of deduction and a mentor-master relationship made of fascination and admiration, matched the original books' spirit, and making Watson a chubby teenager admiring the slender, intuitive prodigy is the stuff gutsy screenplays are made of, but then with all the special effects and the supernatural elements, the film ventures into familiar territories, with thrilling sequences tailor-made for the 80's, and sometimes ahead of their time.

A riveting and imaginative mystery film from the producer of Jurassic Park and the writer of Home Alone .

The second half of the film leads in something of an odd direction, becoming an intense action thriller that is at times jaw-droppingly similar to Spielberg's own "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

There are dozens of themes, moments of real magic, evil menace and breathtaking action.

I first saw the movie Young Sherlock Holmes several years ago and totally enjoyed it.

Intriguing story, not based on a Doyle idea, about the meeting of Sherlock Holmes and his good friend Watson.

The plot was a bit contrived, with the identity of the evil cult leader becoming increasingly obvious at mid-film.

But back in the mid 1980's, Columbus wrote 3 very entertaining (if unbelievable) movies, all for Steven Spielberg's Amblin company: "Gremlins" (1984), "The Goonies" (1985) and this film, "Young Sherlock Holmes" (1985).

A hugely enjoyable mystery film .

A bland rendering of a Sherlock Holmes story...

The movie has a clever premise, as well as some quirky and charming moments, but it misses the mark in it's attempt to be what it tries to be, a enjoyable little adventure for a general audience.

Enjoyable - though inconsequential - reimagining of Holmes' teenage years, which blends old-fashioned British melodrama with the demands of a US summer blockbuster.

Final rating: 7/10 "An enjoyable, entertaining movie.

This stirring , fast-paced film is packed with noisy action , adventures , thrills , tension and results to be quite entertaining .

Fun entertaining movie.

The movie can be entertaining to some and it even has a few scenes that all will enjoy.

All in all, the acting was reasonably good (except for the scenery chewing villains) and the costumes were great, but I had a hard time staying awake while watching this film.

This film was very entertaining when I watched it.

The mystery storyline is clever and engaging and the film does not make the mistake of talking down to its audience.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are among these myths it is impossible to overlook as a kid, or at least at that time, I grew up with the Manga dog-themed cartoon of "Sherlock Holmes" and the cliché of the detective wearing the Holmes' hat, carrying the magnifying glass was printed in my mind, not to mention the "elementary" line.

This is agreeable and entertaining stuff.

This is a wonderful film, completely entertaining and edge-of-the-seat exciting.

Never credible, but most enjoyable.

Well, this is certainly more exciting and fun than that other ride-on movie on the great detective, The Seven Percent Solution - a dour and put down treatment of Holmes.

Unusual and fairly entertaining.

Another bad cliché is the action-hero side of Holmes.

It is not perfect and is not quite great, but it is hugely entertaining and hard to dislike.

Barry Levinson is a fine director and although this film isn't a bad one, it feels strangely subdued and predictable in comparison.

The film itself is exciting and the `four teams' (Spielberg, Levinson, Columbus and the actors) work brilliantly together.

Essentially an origin story for the most famous detective in all of literature, this is a hugely enjoyable mystery film.

Soon, we discover the identity of the "mysterious" Aytah (*yawn* can you guess?

This is a marvelous film for kids, and I have to say as an adult, I enjoyed it as well.

"Young Sherlock Holmes" is an entertaining, smart and literary thriller that makes a few unfortunate choices, leading to an uneven tone.

"Young Sherlock Holmes" has the potential to be an interesting film but unfortunately seems to be marred in contrived cliches.

(Anthony Higgins)A most enjoyable film in spite of its excesses, it is more entertaining than it should be.

As someone who found all but the 3rd Indiana Jones film a bit of a yawn ("Indiana was the dog.

I should give those guys an award for capturing the tone and characters of Sir Arthur's work because this movie has everything that makes it worth watching.

The reason why I'm giving this a 9/10 is not because of the story (I thought it was very engaging), but since this had a PG-13 rating, it does have some intense and violent moments in some of the scenes and would frighten younger kids before the adults will let them see it.

And the direction is competent, if uninspiring.

An enjoyable non Doyle Holmes story .

What if he made it a very suspenseful mystery that explanied may of the great sleuth's character traits and stylistic characterisics?

The film crops up on TV now and again but recently I watched it with family, telling them how much I had enjoyed it.

This movie had the Spielberg-Amblin Entertainment magic and feeling of an exciting 1980's adventure that seems to have been lost.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle always has a more mystique over the crimes, and it rarely turns into a fast paced, adrenaline pumping adventure.