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Angels & Demons Reviews

Todd McCarthy
Variety
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February 23, 2012
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C

May 6, 2011
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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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 Source: Film.com

June 13, 2009
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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?

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 29, 2009
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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This is not a good movie.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

May 18, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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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?

Full Review Source: At the Movies

May 18, 2009
David Denby
New Yorker
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If these movies made any damned sense, the public response might be no more than a yawn.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 18, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Angels and Demons is an OK action film, but only the humorless will find it heretical -- or educational.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

May 15, 2009
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Angels & Demons has some exciting sequences, a spectacular ending with a terrific twist and a grounding in the debate about science versus religion that could hardly be more timely.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 15, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Angels and Demons is a truly handsome production, seamlessly mixing real locations with beautifully detailed sets. There are a few good performances here, and some thrills. Yet there's a flatness to the plotting.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 15, 2009
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Ron Howard's follow-up to the stiff, stately 2006 The Da Vinci Code, might have been classy, entertaining junk -- if only it were entertaining.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

May 15, 2009
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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[T]he film does not conclude with Langdon being elected Pope himself, but, watching the spiraling inanities of the last 20 minutes, one might be forgiven for thinking it would be the next logical step.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

May 15, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Howard seems to count on audience goodwill toward Hanks carrying over to Langdon, filling in the hero's many blanks.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 15, 2009
Tom Long
Detroit News
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[It's] not anti-Catholic. It is, however, anti-exciting, anti-sense and anti-involving.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

May 15, 2009
John Anderson
Washington Post
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What the movie is supposed to accomplish -- laying out a fairly complex mystery in a way that creates suspense -- is precisely what it doesn't do.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 15, 2009
Bob Mondello
NPR
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Presumably in response to criticism that The Da Vinci Code was static and talky, director Ron Howard has made Angels & Demons frantic %u2014 and, well, talky

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 4/10

May 15, 2009
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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Saying that Angels & Demons is a lot better than its predecessor, The Da Vinci Code, is like saying that this swine flu outbreak isn't nearly as bad as the last.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C-

May 15, 2009
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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The re-creation of St Peter's and the Sistine Chapel on the Hollywood backlot is a production achievement, yet the movie's about as exciting as looking over someone's shoulder while they finish a crossword.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

May 15, 2009
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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A slick, speedy thriller that cuts between mystery and murder at an agreeable enough tempo to make two hours go by.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

May 15, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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An odd kind of a slog that manages to keep you partially engaged, even at its most esoteric or absurd, despite an endlessly excitable choir and Hans Zimmer's pitiless score.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 14, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Angels & Demons is better, though not by much, than 2006's Da Vinci Code. The story, however, is less interesting and even more far-fetched.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Like its predecessor, Angels & Demons manages the miraculous feat of seeming to plod while racing at breakneck speed, the tempo set by Hans Zimmer's blusterous score.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2009
Dana Stevens
Slate
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If nothing else, Angels & Demons proves that, as McGuffins go, a cylinder of antimatter is more fun than the Holy Grail.

Full Review Source: Slate

May 14, 2009
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Without pretensions to profundity, the movie can be enjoyed for the hell-raising hooey it is.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 14, 2009
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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This movie takes preposterousness to new levels; there are times when the proceedings become so ludicrous that one is tempted to laugh aloud at the sheer audacity of the plotting.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 14, 2009
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Angels & Demons slips away pretty quickly after you've watched it, in the way of most blockbuster movies, but it's diverting enough while it lasts.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2009
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Ultimately, the film tries so hard to strike a balance that it ends up standing stock-still.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2009
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Even though the sluggish Da Vinci Code is an easy act to follow. There's not a moment of inspiration on display here, but ample craft and professional technique.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2009
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Nail-biting, God-fearing and unfolding at a breakneck pace -- a little like The Da Vinci Code on celestial speed -- ultimately everything wilts under the weight of the complicated story lines of its many saints and sinners.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 14, 2009
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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It's too lurid, too long. Too much is telegraphed.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2009
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Though complete redemption of Brown's fiction may not be possible, Howard's new film at least represents an upgrade from a mortal to a venal movie sin.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2009
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The result is dizzying enough to make you think you're entertained, although the moment you stop to think about Angels & Demons for even a second, the movie becomes ridiculous and preposterous enough to be laughed off the screen.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Howard simply isn't as good a filmmaker as Brown is a blissfully terrible writer.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2009
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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At half the length, and with half of Hanks' sneering pretension, this would make a pretty terrific action film. Anyone up for just plain Demons?

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

May 14, 2009
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Howard's fluid camera movement, Salvatore Totino's old master-ly cinematography, and the Gregorian rants of Hans Zimmer's score cannot redeem the Hardy Boys plotting of Dan Brown's source material.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 14, 2009
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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You won't remember many of the stops after the movie ends, but at least you'll enjoy the ride.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

May 14, 2009
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Angels & Demons, without being particularly good, is nonetheless far less hysterical than The Da Vinci Code.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 14, 2009
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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A movie that's more streamlined and action-packed than the original.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 14, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The problem here, as in The Da Vinci Code, is that the puzzles don't invite the viewers' involvement.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 14, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This kind of film requires us to be very forgiving, and if we are, it promises to entertain. Angels & Demons succeeds.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2009
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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As transparent as this device is, Angels has elemental satisfactions in its blend of movie genre that could appeal to wide segments of the audience.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 14, 2009
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Angels & Demons barrels along with a confidence -- and, more fundamentally, a pulse -- missing from director Ron Howard's first encounter with the best-selling novels of Dan Brown.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

May 13, 2009
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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How dark the con of Ron that he can so vividly simulate thought in what is truly an intellect-free enterprise.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

May 13, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's doesn't quite pay off, but Angels & Demons does a much better job of balancing the blasphemy and blood, heresy and heroics that were Brown's ticket to eternal wealth if not eternal life.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

May 13, 2009
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Credit where it's due: Director Ron Howard, also back from Da Vinci, keeps things moving fast enough -- the clock is ticking, after all -- that you don't linger over the implausibility of the story.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

May 13, 2009
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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The movie clips along, tricked out with state-of-the-art hardware and a hotter, brighter partner for Hanks.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 13, 2009
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Its twists, turns and revelations are just as ridiculous as those in the first film -- perhaps even more so -- and it breezes through arcane details with just as much dizzying speed.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

May 12, 2009
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The streets of Rome haven't run this red since the Inquisition.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

May 11, 2009
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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Director Ron Howard and his crew have worked hard to make Professor Robert Langdon's return a thrilling, faster-paced walk in the park.

May 7, 2009
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