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The Da Vinci Code (2006)


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

Critics Consensus: 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.

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 44

Critics Consensus: 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.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 758,858


Movie Info

The murder of a curator at the Louvre reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected since the days of Christ. Only the victim's granddaughter and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle the clues he left behind. The two become both suspects and detectives searching for not only the murderer but also the stunning secret of the ages he was charged to protect.

PG-13 (for disturbing images, violence, some nudity, thematic material, brief drug references and sexual content.)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Dan Brown , Akiva Goldsman
In Theaters:
Nov 14, 2006
Box Office:
Sony Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Da Vinci Code

All Critics (231) | Top Critics (50) | 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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Even as a visual aid, The Da Vinci Code is a deep-dyed disappointment. Paris by night never looked murkier.

Full Review… | June 22, 2006
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

... a first-rate thriller ...

Full Review… | May 24, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 24, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

What's wrong with The Da Vinci Code can be summed up in one word: everything!

May 23, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

I won't go so far as to recommend it, and I can't imagine ever wanting to see it again.

Full Review… | May 23, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

The exposition is actually the best and most valuable part of the film

Full Review… | December 15, 2009

Too meekly middlebrow to really affront

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

What seems credible on page is ludicrous in action.

Full Review… | May 14, 2009
I.E. Weekly

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

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

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.

Full Review… | July 29, 2007

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2007

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

Full Review… | April 19, 2007
Apollo Guide

A mystery thriller that entertains.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

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

Full Review… | November 11, 2006
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.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2006
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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

Full Review… | July 27, 2006

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.

Full Review… | July 25, 2006
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.

Full Review… | July 17, 2006

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

Full Review… | June 13, 2006

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.

Full Review… | June 11, 2006

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

June 7, 2006
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Da Vinci Code

Only took me 3 years to finally get around to seeing this movie. In the end i was entertained and loved the intrigue, the fact that the church got all upset over this book just makes it worth it more. An all star cast kept the film going and Ron Howard as always gave me a solid show.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


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.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

I don't think it lived up to the hype. Tom Hanks is an excellent actor, but this is not his best performance. His character just doesn't have the depth it should have. And the story isn't that easy to follow.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

The Da Vinci Code Quotes

Captain Bezu Fache:
Robert Langdon is guilty.
– Submitted by Javis C (2 years ago)
I am a ghost.
– Submitted by Javis C (2 years ago)
Lord give me strengh.
– Submitted by Javis C (2 years ago)
Sophie Neveu:
Princess Sophie.
– Submitted by Javis C (3 years ago)

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