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Angels & Demons (2009)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 249
Fresh: 92 | Rotten: 157

Angels and Demons is a fast-paced thrill ride, and an improvement on the last Dan Brown adaptation, but the storyline too often wavers between implausible and ridiculous, and does not translate effectively to the big screen.


Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 49
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 32

Angels and Demons is a fast-paced thrill ride, and an improvement on the last Dan Brown adaptation, but the storyline too often wavers between implausible and ridiculous, and does not translate effectively to the big screen.



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Angels and Demons re-teams director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks for the sequel to their international blockbuster adaptation of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code. Although the book Angels and Demons was written before the novel The Da Vinci Code, the movie transpires after the events of the earlier movie. Hanks stars as professor Robert Langdon, the most respected symbologist in the United States, who uses his knowledge in order to decode a symbol on the skin of a murder victim. The clues


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

David Koepp, Akiva Goldsman

Nov 24, 2009


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All Critics (251) | Top Critics (50) | Fresh (92) | Rotten (157) | DVD (8)

Why are quality pros like Howard and Hanks involved in this enterprise? Do they need the money? Angels and Demons is sure to make plenty. But their artistic souls will do hard time in purgatory for it.

June 13, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comments (5)
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At one point Hanks can be glimpsed gasping for air, mid-endless-sentence. Has there ever been a flatter movie character played by a more innately likable star?

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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This is not a good movie.

May 18, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (10)
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We're left to wonder, who in the Vatican can really be trusted? And also, will Ron Howard continue to make movies about a character who comes alive on the page, but sputters on the big screen?

May 18, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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If these movies made any damned sense, the public response might be no more than a yawn.

May 18, 2009 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (4)
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Angels and Demons is an OK action film, but only the humorless will find it heretical -- or educational.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Angels & Demons is housewife-targeted holiday read nonsense, given a Hollywood spit 'n' shine and go-faster stripes by a once-burned, twice-shy director desperate to make amends.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source:

In many respects, Angels & Demons is a pretty straightforward terrorist-hostage film.

February 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

If The Da Vinci Code was characterized by people sitting at tables and talking, then this sequel-set film of the prequel book is characterized by people walking briskly and talking.

January 21, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Taking a hint from past mistakes, Ron Howard and Tom Hanks return to the fanciful historical styling's of Dan Brown to create a much more entertaining and thrilling mystery, as science and religion, martyrs and heretics clash in Angels and Demons.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
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Tom cracks the code, again.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Angels & Demons isn't the complete shambles a lot of people wanted it to be. But then that probably isn't the greatest endorsement either.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comment (1)
Fan The Fire

Buena historia policiaca, donde el tema religioso lejos de servir de polémica a la turba enardecida, es simplemente el pretexto perfecto para generar un dinámico thriller que no le pide nada a una aventura del 007.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

doesn't provide any coherent vision of the world

December 15, 2009 Full Review Source:

It appears that Ron Howard knew that he had to change the way everything was done in the previous film, and sending Tom Hanks to the barber was a very good start.

November 25, 2009 Full Review Source:

Angels & Demons struggles to maintain momentum as Langdon hurtles around Rome.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times | Comments (3)
Washington Times

Glum adaptation

August 25, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comment (1)

If 'the edge of your seat' is the place where you don't have to think, then Angels & Demons, I'm delighted and surprised to say, will take you there.

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO | Comments (4)

It [has] the sort of exposition that gives exposition a bad name.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Brand X
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Angels and Demons is a lot like Limbo, a place that exists between cinematic heaven and hell where the audience is suspended for two and a half hours.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

Is mediocrity a sin? If it is, then Ron Howard and Tom Hanks should start the novenas now, because they're going to catch holy heck the next time they go to confession.

July 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Comments (2)

"Angels & Demons" earns its wings as an intelligent action movie.

June 14, 2009 Full Review | Comments (4)

...too long and ponderous for its own good, but Howard and Co. gloss over or eliminate most of the more outlandish howlers in Brown's preposterous story.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
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There is little in the way of excitement. There is, however, plenty of ponderous hemming and hawing about the role of the Vatican in a forward-thinking society, and a host of supporting players whose intentions remain murky until the big revelation.

June 11, 2009 | Comment (1)
San Francisco Examiner

Call it the 'National Treasure' for adults: harmless, but engaging fun that even Catholics shouldn't get too worked up about.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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Audience Reviews for Angels & Demons

Much like the novel on which it's based (all of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon novels, in fact), if you can get through the first 10 per cent of the story - exposition and explanation clunking at every turn - you'll get swept up in the action and pace of the story. I might have even liked this movie more had I not read the book first, as I knew what the plot twist was going to be... and that I remembered this years after reading the book, when seeing the movie, is endorsement enough. Not nearly enough literature puts story first... whereas in (popular) film, you pretty much have to. Pulse-pounding, if a little contrived and overlong. Worth seeing once. I though Tom Hanks was especially well cast.
April 11, 2014

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Follow-Up to the Da Vinci Code is an average adaptation of a very good book. Now I preferred the book of course, and I was curious to see how this one would look on-screen. Angels & Demons was a great book, exciting, pulse pounding and truly unique. Ron Howard's film version is much like his previous outing and it is a flawed, but nonetheless is entertaining for what it is. Acting wise, the cast do what they can with the so-so material and Tom Hanks doesn't really shine here, and he has performed in far better films than this. If you loved the book, you may like this one, but you'll also think it is lacking in terms of effective directing. Ron Howard used to make great films, but nowadays he seems fairly hit and miss=.Although Angels & Demons is a good film, it leaves a lot of room for improvement. This movie is simply a case of the book is far better than the film, and it lacks despite the fact that it delivers some entertainment value. I wasn't totally let down by this one, but there is just so many aspects that could have been improved upon. The best thing about the film is that they're fairly well adapted, but the performances just aren't as great as they should be, and the material could have been better in terms of the script. The problem I have with the film is that, though it's very close to the source material, there simply isn't any soul to the film. Overall it plays out like a mindless thriller that should have been truly something special. Angel & Demons is fun, but the book is better as it leaves constantly guessing and thrilled right up to the end. With the film adaptation, Ron Howard doesn't seem like he wants to take risk with changing a few things and really letting loose and making a movie that stands out as a fine thriller. Good, but could have been better. Read the book before seeing this average movie, you'll be glad you did.
March 9, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Cardinal Strauss: Religion is flawed because man is flawed.

"They Have Come For Their Revenge"

Angels & Demons is an interesting and entertaining film, but by no means is it a great, or for that matter, good one. I like the movie enough because of the subject material, but even I can admit that it has more than a few problems. Overall, it's a fun ride, despite not really having the intelligence a movie like this should merit. I haven't read the highly proclaimed Dan Brown novel, but I can assume that the intelligence of the story came across much better in that than it did in this film.

Robert Langdon is a symbologist and professor at Harvard University. When the pope dies, four Vatican Cardinals are kidnapped. The kidnapper says he will make a public spectacle out of each of their deaths. Also stolen, is enough anti-matter to completely destroy the Vatican. Langdon works with the authorities in Rome to try to save the Cardinals and find the anti-matter before it's too late.

What I can say for sure about this film is that it is a big step up from The Da Vinci Code, which I didn't much care for. Ron Howard and Tom Hanks re-team here and are able to make a satisfactory movie, but still, it isn't what you'd expect when you look at the source material and the talent involved. You'd think this would be a great deal better than it is, but in the end, we don't get what we expected. 

While the film is definitely entertaining and fun to a degree, it completely butchers the use of the illuminati. A feature film needs to be made that actually dives into this secret, global domination seeking, occult society. I would run out to see a movie that actually gives this interesting and scary society a movie based on the whole "new world order" aspect of the society. Yeah, but they probably wouldn't like that too much and since they run everything, including Hollywood; it will probably never happen. 
December 17, 2012
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

    1. Vittoria Vetra: Are you really a symbologist or it was a joke?
    2. Robert Langdon: Er... both.
    – Submitted by Javis C (20 months ago)
    1. Inspector Olivetti: Are you anti-catholic, Professor Langdon?
    2. Robert Langdon: What?, No. I'm anti-vandalism.
    – Submitted by Javis C (20 months ago)
    1. Commander Richter: God particle?
    – Submitted by Javis C (20 months ago)
    1. Father Simeon: I need to see the Camarlengo.
    2. Chartrand: He is not available.
    3. Father Simeon: I NEED TO SEE THE CAMARLENGO!
    4. Chartrand: HE-IS-NOT-A-VAILABLE!
    5. Father Simeon: We will see that.
    – Submitted by Javis C (20 months ago)
    1. Cardinal Strauss: Religion is flawed because man is flawed.
    – Submitted by Nicanor R (20 months ago)
    1. Cardinal Strauss: Mr. Langdon, thanks be to God for sending someone to protect His church.
    2. Robert Langdon: I don't believe He sent me, Father.
    3. Cardinal Strauss: Oh my son, of course He did...
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (24 months ago)
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