Holmes & Watson

Out Now On-Demand

Hilarious duo Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly (Step Brothers, Talladega Nights) are Holmes and Watson respectively. Their brilliant minds are called on to stop rival James Moriarty (Ralph Fiennes) from assassinating Queen Victoria (Pam Ferris).


Directed by

Written by

  • Etan Cohen
  • (based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle)

Adventure, Comedy, Blockbuster


Rating: R13 Violence, offensive language & sexual references


Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)


In the great pantheon of Will Ferrell movies, Holmes and Watson will sit far below Elf, Anchorman, Blades of Glory and The Other Guys, but well above Anchorman 2 and Step Brothers.

Hollywood Reporter


You can feel the flop sweat emanating from the third onscreen pairing of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.

New York Times


Smuggling in booze to dispel the sense of dull routine could only help.

Variety (USA)


Feels neither definitive nor especially fresh - just an off-brand, garden-variety parody.

Los Angeles Times


"Holmes & Watson" is more of a well-meaning misfire than a total train wreck. It's frustrating mainly because all of these folks can do much better. They can be a lot Daffier.

Empire (UK)


You'll need a magnifying glass to find the jokes in this send-up of other, better Holmes screen adaptations.

TimeOut (New York)


If a comedy falls in the forest and nobody laughs, did it even exist?

Laugh out loud (literally)

While it's no Step Brothers it's still a great laugh, these too rarely fail to deliver on the laughs. Much more entertaining than anything that was nominated for an Oscar.

Can I give 0 stars?

Does it count? This was a complete waste of my time. 90 minutes of drawn-out jokes that failed to elicit a single laugh. The worst movie I have seen in a very long time.

Worst Film I Watched n 2018

Hoping for Ferrell to return to his Step Brotherly greatness, Holmes and Watson fails to solve the biggest mystery of all: where hath all the humour gone? Even with partner in crime John C. Reilly, Ferrell fails to reach anywhere near the comedic greatness of his earlier films. Even with an ensemble support cast boasting Coogan, Brydon and Fiennes - this film made me want to rip my eyes out and denounce everything great about film. What the HELL MAN!