By Devan Coggan
Updated July 21, 2015 at 04:26 PM EDT
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Credit: Giles Keyte
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  • Movie
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Ian McKellen joins a long list of Sherlocks on screen, but director Bill Condon’s take on the legendary detective finds him at age 93, struggling with his own mortality and trying to recall the case that forced him into retirement. It’s more subtle character study than thrilling adventure, and the mystery subplot lacks the ingenuity of the greatest Holmes stories, but McKellen excels, switching effortlessly between the reclusive beekeeper with a faltering memory and the elegant younger detective at the height of his powers. B+

Mr. Holmes

2015 movie
type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • PG
runtime
  • 103 minutes
director
  • Bill Condon

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