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Angels & Demons Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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June 13, 2009
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 29, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
May 18, 2009
This is not a good movie.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
May 18, 2009
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?
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David Denby
New Yorker
May 18, 2009
If these movies made any damned sense, the public response might be no more than a yawn.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 15, 2009
Angels and Demons is an OK action film, but only the humorless will find it heretical -- or educational.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 15, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 15, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 15, 2009
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.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 15, 2009
A future camp classic. Where Howard wants us to make the sign of the cross, we're slapping high fives.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
May 15, 2009
[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.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 15, 2009
Howard seems to count on audience goodwill toward Hanks carrying over to Langdon, filling in the hero's many blanks.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 15, 2009
[It's] not anti-Catholic. It is, however, anti-exciting, anti-sense and anti-involving.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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John Anderson
Washington Post
May 15, 2009
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.
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May 15, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/10
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
May 15, 2009
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 | Original Score: C-
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
May 15, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/6
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
May 15, 2009
A slick, speedy thriller that cuts between mystery and murder at an agreeable enough tempo to make two hours go by.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 14, 2009
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 14, 2009
If nothing else, Angels & Demons proves that, as McGuffins go, a cylinder of antimatter is more fun than the Holy Grail.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 14, 2009
Without pretensions to profundity, the movie can be enjoyed for the hell-raising hooey it is.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 14, 2009
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 14, 2009
Ultimately, the film tries so hard to strike a balance that it ends up standing stock-still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 14, 2009
It's too lurid, too long. Too much is telegraphed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 14, 2009
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 14, 2009
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 14, 2009
Howard simply isn't as good a filmmaker as Brown is a blissfully terrible writer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
May 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: C
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 14, 2009
You won't remember many of the stops after the movie ends, but at least you'll enjoy the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 14, 2009
Angels & Demons, without being particularly good, is nonetheless far less hysterical than The Da Vinci Code.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 14, 2009
A movie that's more streamlined and action-packed than the original.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 14, 2009
The problem here, as in The Da Vinci Code, is that the puzzles don't invite the viewers' involvement.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 14, 2009
This kind of film requires us to be very forgiving, and if we are, it promises to entertain. Angels & Demons succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 14, 2009
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 13, 2009
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 | Original Score: B-
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 13, 2009
How dark the con of Ron that he can so vividly simulate thought in what is truly an intellect-free enterprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 13, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
May 13, 2009
The movie clips along, tricked out with state-of-the-art hardware and a hotter, brighter partner for Hanks.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 12, 2009
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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 11, 2009
The streets of Rome haven't run this red since the Inquisition.
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
May 7, 2009
Director Ron Howard and his crew have worked hard to make Professor Robert Langdon's return a thrilling, faster-paced walk in the park.