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Sherlock - S04 E03

Mystery . Drama . Crime


Episode Title: The Final Problem
Airs: 2017-01-15 at 8:30 PM
  • Ken Tucker

    Tremendously clever fun, Masterpiece Mystery! presents the first of three modernizations of the Sherlock Holmes tales.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    There have been many great "Masterpiece" offerings over the decades, but I can't think of a single one that is as much out-and-out fun as Sherlock, a modern-dress Conan Doyle that crackles with superb writing, brilliant performances and snappy direction, and does it all while somehow managing to be oddly faithful to the original source material.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The result is a sharp, funny, clever series that remains faithful to the spirit of Doyle's stories while infusing them with a vibrant spirit of modernity.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Cumberbatch and star British producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss ("Doctor Who") have performed quite a remarkable feat here--they've created something unique and pleasurable where so many have trod before.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    The stories are complex and contemporary, with references to a remembered past. But it's easy to forget the past--the present Sherlock, droll yet naive, is so wonderfully weird.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Sherlock is the rare reinvention that's likely to enchant purists as well as those yearning for a new look at an old favorite. Should you bookmark it now on your DVR? The answer, my dear reader and viewer, is elementary.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Clearly, there are few more durable figures in fiction, but capturing the fundamental appeal of Holmes is quite another matter. And on that level, Sherlock cannily cracks the case.

    Variety Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Thanks to committed performances from Cumberbatch and Freeman, and clever writing from Moffat and Gatiss, most of it works splendidly.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It is cinematic in the sense that nothing in it looks quite real. But it works: This is not the London known as jolly and old, but the new chilly city of glass, a place of missed connections, of aliens and alienation. And the smart dialogue and warm performances--even Holmes has a discernible beating heart, or perhaps two--keep ice from forming on the production.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Tonight's premiere has a zippy energy that can be attributed to the writing and Mr. Cumberbatch's riveting, gonzo performance. He plays Sherlock as authoritative and arrogant but also with a hint of excited madness that makes for an engrossing new take on this classic character.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    A viewer who knew nothing of the earlier incarnations could come to this one and find it immediately engaging, like a good modern police buddy-team drama.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Sherlock is an enjoyably clever mixture of character drama and adventure tale.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    The appeal is elementary: good, unpretentious fun, something that's in short supply around here.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    A strange, fascinating, and sometimes brilliant contemporary take on the father of forensic crime-solving.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • David Rooney

    That well-honed dynamic and a sly sense of humor keep Sherlock compelling even when its plotting falters, as it does in part three, "The Great Game."

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Purists may scoff, but I'm more than a little enchanted by Sherlock, and by a cast that includes Rupert Graves as Detective Inspector Lestrade; Una Stubbs as Mrs. Hudson, Holmes and Watson's landlady; and Zoe Telford as Watson's love interest, Sarah.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Rachel Michaels

    The major flaw of "The Great Game" is not allowing Sherlock and Watson to work enough as a team. This flaw makes clearer what the other episodes do well, which is to emphasize the most interesting and important aspect of the original stories, Holmes and Watson's complicated and entertaining relationship.

    PopMatters Full Review