Holmes & Watson – the latest comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly – currently sits at a rare 0 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. While he’s unquestionably still a big name in the world of comedy, Ferrell’s career as a movie star has certainly seen better days. It’s been quite a long time since a film starring Ferrell proved to be a huge hit, and not even resurrecting Ron Burgundy for 2013’s long-awaited sequel Anchorman 2 proved enough to propel him to the comedic heights he regularly reached in the 2000s.
With that downward trajectory in mind, it’s perhaps not very surprising that Ferrell opted to reunite with celebrated collaborator Reilly for Holmes & Watson, a wacky take on legendary literary detective Sherlock Holmes. With 2006’s Talladega Nights and 2008’s Step Brothers, Ferrell and Reilly proved just how hilarious they can be as an onscreen duo, and it’s easy to imagine the two men believing that making another movie together was just what their respective careers needed. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
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Based on 20 reviews counted so far, Holmes & Watson holds the rather dubious distinction of a 0 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Not one critic has had kind words for the film so far, and the “Critics Consensus” listed is quite harsh: “The lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson than does Holmes and Watson.” Clearly, Holmes & Watson proves that simply putting Ferrell and Reilly in a movie together does not guarantee a fun time, even if heroin is involved.
It’s rare to see a film score so poorly on Rotten Tomatoes, just due to the sheer fact that it’s rare to see absolutely nobody like something. For that reason, most 0 percent scores don’t last forever, and sooner or later someone will likely come along and give Holmes & Watson a positive review. That said, it’s going to take a lot of such someones to lift Holmes & Watson up enough for the film to not stand as Ferrell’s worst-reviewed effort ever. Considering that Ferrell’s career already boasts such critical punching bags as Daddy’s Home 2, Get Hard, and The House, that’s really saying something about just how much critics hate Holmes & Watson.
Of course, the opinions of professional critics aren’t everything. There are plenty of comedies that go on to be embraced by audiences after being shunned by critics. The problem is that audiences don’t seem any more taken with Holmes & Watson than critics. The film has a 19 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, received a shockingly low D- CinemaScore, and isn’t currently projected to make much of a splash at the box office. For now, Will Ferrell’s disappointing decade continues.
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Source: Rotten Tomatoes
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