Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly's newest movie isn't exactly killing it. As of December 26, the day after its theatrical release, Holmes & Watson had earned zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The humorous take on the tale of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, originally written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was meant to be another comedy hit for the duo. They also starred together in the Anchorman franchise and the popular 2006 comedy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Ferrell alone has produced tens of certified fresh comedies since 2000. Unfortunately, Holmes & Watson has missed the mark.
"The only compelling mystery about 'Holmes & Watson' is how so many funny people have been squeezed into such an unfunny movie, a movie that isn't nearly smart enough to recognize how stupid it should have been," wrote David Ehrlich of IndieWire.
Entertainment Weekly's Dana Schwartz echoed this sentiment when she pointed out the film's repetitiveness.
"If you choose to watch this movie," she shared, "you'll be treated to an hour and a half of different versions of the same gag: what if [insert modern thing] somehow existed in Victorian times!?"
AV Club's Ignatiy Vishnevetsky seemed to seal the movie's fate when he dubbed it the worst take on Sherlock ever made.
"Might be the worst feature-length film ever made about the 'consulting detective' from Baker Street," he wrote.
Holmes & Watson also features Ralph Fiennes as Moriarty, Lauren Lapkus as Millie, Rebecca Hall as Dr. Grace Hart, and Kelly Macdonald as Mrs. Hudson. Hugh Laurie even makes an appearance as Sherlock's typically "superior" brother, Mycroft.
Per the Hollywood Reporter, the film earned a meager $6.4 million its opening day and ranked no. 4 behind Aquaman, Bumblebee, and Mary Poppins Returns.
Despite initial reviews, it's still possible for Holmes & Watson to pull up a few percentage points. The film was not screened for critics prior to its theatrical release, and some write-ups are still in production.
No matter the case, Ferrell and Reilly have dedicated followings and decades of successful films behind them. Chances are they'll come out of this unscathed.