Angels & Demons

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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.

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When Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon discovers the resurgence of an ancient brotherhood known as the Illuminati, he flies to Rome to warn the Vatican, the Illuminati's most hated enemy. Joining forces with beautiful Italian scientist Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer), Langdon follows a centuries-old trail of ancient symbols in the hope of preventing the Illuminati's deadly plot against the Roman Catholic Church from coming to fruition.

Cast & Crew

Tom Hanks
Robert Langdon
Ewan McGregor
Camerlengo Patrick McKenna
Ayelet Zurer
Vittoria Vetra
Armin Mueller-Stahl
Cardinal Straus
Pierfrancesco Favino
Inspector Olivetti
David Pasquesi
Claudio Vincenzi
Cosimo Fusco
Father Simeon
Akiva Goldsman
Screenwriter
David Koepp
Screenwriter
Todd Hallowell
Executive Producer
Dan Brown
Executive Producer
Hans Zimmer
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Salvatore Totino
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Critic Reviews for Angels & Demons

All Critics (259) | Top Critics (58) | Fresh (95) | Rotten (164)

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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Hank Sartin

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    May 6, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Laremy Legel

    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.

    June 13, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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?

    May 29, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This is not a good movie.

    May 18, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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?

    May 18, 2009

Audience Reviews for Angels & Demons

  • Feb 28, 2015
    Way better than the original. Things are actually explained well here for once, and a lot of the flaws of the first film are fixed. So I don't understand why people love the first film so much, while this film got panned. This is far superior to the Da Vinci Code in every single way. And the first film isn't even good to begin with.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2014
    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.
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  • Mar 07, 2013
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    It's just fun. Mindless fun. Nothing particularly good or bad about it.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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