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The Da Vinci Code (2006)

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25

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 221
Fresh: 55 | Rotten: 166

What makes Dan Brown's novel a best seller is evidently not present in this dull and bloated movie adaptation of The Da Vinci Code.

9

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 43

What makes Dan Brown's novel a best seller is evidently not present in this dull and bloated movie adaptation of The Da Vinci Code.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Movie Info

Dan Brown's controversial best-selling novel about a powerful secret that's been kept under wraps for thousands of years comes to the screen in this suspense thriller from director Ron Howard. The stately silence of Paris' Louvre museum is broken when one of the gallery's leading curators is found dead on the grounds, with strange symbols carved into his body and left around the spot where he died. Hoping to learn the significance of the symbols, police bring in Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), a

Nov 14, 2006

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All Critics (231) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (166) | DVD (33)

Completing the trail of cryptic clues simply becomes an end in and of itself -- think Sudoku: The Movie -- with little in the way of whimsy, star chemistry or excitement to enliven the dour plod.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Even as a visual aid, The Da Vinci Code is a deep-dyed disappointment. Paris by night never looked murkier.

June 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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... a first-rate thriller ...

May 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (6)
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If only it were allowed to be merely a cheesy romp, an Indy Jones movie with more sophisticated stereotypes and far less humor. But apparently this is no mere pop novel-turned-high-hat megaplex product.

May 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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What's wrong with The Da Vinci Code can be summed up in one word: everything!

May 23, 2006 | Comments (2)
New York Observer
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I won't go so far as to recommend it, and I can't imagine ever wanting to see it again.

May 23, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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The exposition is actually the best and most valuable part of the film

December 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Comment (1)

Too meekly middlebrow to really affront

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

What seems credible on page is ludicrous in action.

May 14, 2009 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

So intent on being faithful, The DaVinci Code forgets to be entertaining.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Comments (2)
BrandonFibbs.com

Any movie with a skulking albino assassin begs for campy, self-aware treatment, but Howard and scripter Akiva Goldsman serve it all up straight-faced.

July 29, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Who knows whether Dan Brown was motivated by a distaste for Catholicism or merely by money? Regardless, it seems dishonest for him to foist his debunked heresies on the gullible, unsuspecting public as if they're the God's honest truth.

May 20, 2007 Full Review Source: DallasBlack.com | Comments (8)
DallasBlack.com

A great film to look at and Salvatore Totino's cinematography is pitch-perfect.

April 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comment (1)
Apollo Guide

A mystery thriller that entertains.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Whatever your beliefs, "The Da Vinci Code" is a film to be seen and, more importantly, discussed.

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review | Comments (2)
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

They make fun of you for watching their movies, and still they get paid!

November 11, 2006 Full Review Source: The Nation | Comment (1)
The Nation

If you want an entertaining yarn about the Knights Templar, historical secrets, and cryptic codes hidden in famous documents and artifacts, go rent National Treasure.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Comments (2)
Christianity Today

Does what a good film adaptation should do: Illustrate the best parts of its source material and still manage to make a highly enjoyable film for the uninitiated.

August 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Comment (1)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The movie version is so faithful to Dan Brown's hit book it should come with a dust jacket ...

July 27, 2006 Full Review | Comment (1)

If you want a taut adventure story, read the book. If you want a simiplistic tale with average performances and irritating alterations to the source material, watch the movie.

July 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

It would have taken a more imaginative approach and vision not within the reach of Howard and Goldsman to make the material come alive as a movie.

July 17, 2006 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

It still had the necessary element of Encyclopedia Brown cerebellus-ex-machina, but it was visually interesting and didn't slow down the action with book-digging%u2026they made the film well, they just took the path of least resistance, and for that I can

June 13, 2006 Full Review

Some protesters believe that if you see this film, you'll go to Hell. They got it backwards. I think if you go to Hell, you'll probably see this film while you're there.

June 11, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Over the course of two and one-half hours, the film unfolds in a series of dull and unengaging episodes.

June 7, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Da Vinci Code

The curator has been murdered at the Louvre in Paris. Robert (Tom Hanks) goes on an all night hunt for the truth. I loved Dan Brown's book. Slightly disappointed by this adaptation. Too short and not enough detail.
December 30, 2012
thmtsang
T Tsang

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This is a servicable enough adaptation, but like many others, the book is of course far better.

Robert Langdon is a symbology professor who gets called into a criminal investigation that gets him wrongfully implicated. On the way to figuring things out for himself, he begins a quest to discover the truth about the Holy Grail, the details having some very shocking revelations.

I really liked the book. It's a standard thriller sure, but it's so well written and thought provoking. In the end, you need to just put personal beliefs aside (same here) and just accept it as riveting and entertaing fiction. Even though it is just fiction, the details of the truth behind the Holy Grail are so well argued that Dan Brown's ideas actually do seem like a realistic and plausible scenario.

With this adaptation, it seems a little stiff, and more overly serious than the book, but it's mostly faithful, for the most. Some details had to be changed for time concerns, others for content, but the end result here could be far worse. I enjoyed this a fair amount when I first saw it, but in revisiting it, some of that has worn off, and the film's not as good as I initially thought, but it's hardly a failure. It's just not as gripping and suspenseful as the book.

The film is really well cast though, and their performances are better than average, especially those by Bettany and McKellan. The location shooting is good, the direction is fair, and having Howard as director ensures that the film has some decent clout and production values.

All in all, it's okay.
August 14, 2012
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Maybe I am going against the grain of others' ratings on RT, but I thought this film was good! A good mystery thriller that never lets go of your attention.
September 30, 2011
Eric Alvarez

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    1. Captain Bezu Fache: Robert Langdon is guilty.
    – Submitted by Javis C (23 months ago)
    1. Silas: I am a ghost.
    – Submitted by Javis C (23 months ago)
    1. Silas: Lord give me strengh.
    – Submitted by Javis C (23 months ago)
    1. Sophie Neveu: Princess Sophie.
    – Submitted by Javis C (2 years ago)
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