• IE Reviewer
    IE Reviewer
    Indian Express


    An affected piece of work where the detective is in his 90s, retired, and focused mostly on his prized bees, Mr Holmes involves three very uneasily meshed storylines raised only by the quality of McKellen’s striking performance.

  • Rohini Nair
    Rohini Nair
    Deccan Chronicle


    Mr Holmes attacks your well-nursed beliefs about the detective in other ways as well. McKellen’s Sherlock is fallible and fragile and his deterioration is undeniably poignant. This Sherlock has found that even at the height of his powers, his weapon of choice — logic — is no match for human nature.

  • Srijana Mitra Das
    Srijana Mitra Das
    Times Of India


    At the end of his career, his powers fading, Holmes faces his greatest challenge. Having always dismissed emotions while underlining “Logic is rare”, Holmes now needs love to crack his last case. Why? Elementary, really.

  • Sometimes, the case isn’t the point, but the man in charge of the case is, and as a character drama ‘Mr Holmes succeeds as one of the best of the year.

  • Gayatri Gauri
    Gayatri Gauri


    Ian McKellen charms in this slow, elegant look at a detective in retirement. In the fan fiction that is Mr. Holmes, the world’s most famous detective, God may be old. But it’s not time to say goodbye. Instead say hello to a new Holmes who is now all heart, mind and soul. Older, wiser, warmer, with much amusing ado made about his distinctive hat.

  • IANS
    Zee News


    What makes this film brilliant is the complex and layered narrative, which has three stories that unravel simultaneously. Jeffery Hatcher’s screenplay shuttles between the past and present seamlessly making the entire viewing a delightful experience. Overall “Mr. Holmes” is a must see for all Sherlock Holmes aficionados.

  • BookMyShow Team
    BookMyShow Team


    Ian McKellen has outdone himself with this performance. His Sherlock has depth and heart. Every actor has delivered brilliantly and the director has portrayed Old England quite believably. Great scripts are rare, and this is definitely one of them.

  • While this Sherlock Holmes relies on memory rather than the elementary powers of deduction to recast the case, it also proves to be a journey where he comes to terms with his own loneliness and mortality.

  • The proceedings are held together by McKellen’s compelling performance and his deft switches between a spry 70-something and a precarious 93-year-old who looks back on his fame with amusement and regret. In one sequence, Holmes watches a film adaptation of the story that he is attempting to rewrite and concludes that the dramatisation is overdone.