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Angels & Demons (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of violence, disturbing images and thematic material)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Akiva Goldsman , David Koepp
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 24, 2009
Box Office: $133.4M
Sony/Columbia Pictures - Official Site


as Robert Langdon

as Camerlengo

as Commander Richter

as Inspector Olivetti

as Cardinal Strauss

as Chartrand

as Claudio Vincenzi

as Father Simeon

as Lt. Valenti

as Cardinal Lamasse

as Cardinal Ebner

as Cardinal Guidera

as Cardinal Baggia

as Silvano Bentivoglio

as Cardinal Yoruba

as Cardinal Beck

as Cardinal Colbert

as Cardinal Pugini

as Cardinal Petrov

as Conclave Cardinal

as Conclave Cardinal

as Urs Weber

as Adrian Bachman

as Vittoria Vetra
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Critic Reviews for Angels & Demons

All Critics (251) | Top Critics (50)

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.

Full Review… | June 13, 2009
Top Critic

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?

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012

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

Full Review… | February 11, 2012
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.

Full Review… | January 21, 2012

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.

Full Review… | January 4, 2012
Matt's Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Angels & Demons

Good suspenseful thriller. At the end the Cardinals lines "'Religion is flawed because man is flawed.'' what a classic. . great story better than Da Vinci Code.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

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.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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