But Stephen Fry naked? In mixed company as if it's perfectly normal behavior? That may have been the most unbelievable part of the whole thing.
SF Signal gives it 3 out of 5 stars and calls it "Silly, with too many subplots and not quite enough brain," but praises the chemistry between the 2 stars. Slant Magazine gives it 1 1/2 out of 4 stars and calls it "depressingly flaccid". Salon.com seems torn and says, "Sherlock Holmes? Not much. But did it get a laugh? You bet," but offers criticism after criticism before closing with this:
...the level of semi-gay double entendre between Holmes and Watson is carried almost to an offensive locker-room extreme. “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” is occasionally thrilling, sometimes hilarious and mostly absolute claptrap. Think of it as a lot like drinking a fourth cup of holiday eggnog: Not really a good idea at all, but you might have funio9 says it "will provide you with a diverting, though bumpy, ride." EW gives it a B- and says that "part of the movie's perversely cheeky design is that it throws away its own cleverness." Roger Ebert closes with this:
The thing to do, I suppose, is to set aside your memories of the Conan Doyle stories, save them to savor on a night this winter and enjoy this movie as a high-caliber entertainment.Rotten Tomatoes gives it 61%.