One of the biggest duds of 2018 is without a doubt Holmes & Watson. Though fans of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly were pretty excited for the comic duo’s third collaboration – following their great work in Talladega Nights and Step Brothers – the Sherlock Holmes spoof has been slammed by vicious reviews from critics and found itself with lots of hate on social media from audiences.
It turns out that Sony knew they had a flop on their hands with Holmes & Watson, too. In fact, the studio desperately tried to cut their losses, trying to offload the film to Netflix in the months leading up to release. Unfortunately for them, the streaming site wouldn’t take it and so, Sony had no choice but to dump it into theaters. And to say that viewers are unhappy with that they’re seeing would be an understatement.
Already, a ton of people have taken to Twitter to reveal that they actually walked out of their screening as they simply couldn’t stand another minute of Holmes & Watson. Don’t believe us? Just check out some of the reactions below:
my sister, her bf and I just went to see Holmes & Watson…we walked out after an hour… it’s so bad.
— ????? ‡ ? (@blueveinblues) December 25, 2018
Today Holmes & Watson became the first film I’ve ever walked out of a cinema when only 30 minutes into a film. 1/5. Crushed.
— Anna Pridgeon (@AnnaPridgeon) December 27, 2018
@Will___Ferrell Holmes & Watson was the worst movie I have ever watched. I walked out of the cinema. Sort your shit out
— Levi Krahe (@levikrahe) December 28, 2018
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Perfect day to go to movie…just don’t see new Will Farrell film…Holmes & Watson. Horrible!! I have only walked out of two movies in my life. Nothing funny about it!!
— Jean Daul (@DaulJean) December 27, 2018
Just walked out of a movie after just 10 minutes. Please give me back those precious seconds, Will Ferrell, Holmes & Watson stinks.
— Andrew Lightman (@Andrew_HillRag) December 25, 2018
Literally never walked out of a movie before but after witnessing the first 30 minutes of Holmes & Watson, I’m convinced Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly should never be allowed to work again
— Louise Orr (@LouiseFOrr) December 27, 2018
I haven't walked out of a movie since Final Destination 5 back in 2011. Holmes & Watson has changed that. Now don't get me wrong Will Ferrell and John C Reilly are funny but none of the jokes were hitting. There was couple that was walking out when I woke up.
— T (@BlackmagicLloyd) December 26, 2018
One of the most moronic, idiotic and completely brain dead films of 2018. Totally walked out in fear of subliminal stupidity. This is the kind of film that bankrupts studios. — watching Holmes & Watson
— Hulon Pate (@Hulon_Pate) December 27, 2018
Ouch! Given the current drought of Sherlock Holmes content that’s plaguing us, it’s certainly a shame that Holmes & Watson is such a flop. With BBC’s Sherlock on indefinite hiatus and Sherlock Holmes 3 still a ways away from hitting theaters, it seems fans of the iconic detective will have to wait a while longer before they can get their fix.
Although, if you’re absolutely craving another encounter with the character, you can always take your chances on buying a ticket for Holmes & Watson. Just don’t be surprised if you end up walking out before the end credits roll.