Guy Ritchie's adrenaline-pumped caper is designed to appeal to teenage boys who have never heard of Arthur Conan Doyle. But anyone who grew up reading the Holmes stories will regard this noisy, action-packed but muddled pastiche as a complete betrayal of the spirit of the master of Baker Street, who solved crimes with brilliant ratiocination rather than karate chops. In 1976, Herbert Ross' "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution" earned an Oscar nomination for screenwriter Nicholas Meyer, who adapted his own novel into a witty, cleverly plotted brainteaser that revitalized the Holmes mystique (by imagining a partnership between the British sleuth, played by Nicol Williamson, and Viennese mind doctor Sigmund Freud, portrayed by Alan Arkin) without distorting the iconic character.
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