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The Da Vinci Code Reviews

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 14, 2009
What seems credible on page is ludicrous in action.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 22, 2006
Even as a visual aid, The Da Vinci Code is a deep-dyed disappointment. Paris by night never looked murkier.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 24, 2006
... a first-rate thriller ...
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 24, 2006
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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 23, 2006
What's wrong with The Da Vinci Code can be summed up in one word: everything!
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 23, 2006
I won't go so far as to recommend it, and I can't imagine ever wanting to see it again.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 23, 2006
The Catholic Church has nothing to fear from this film. It is not just tripe. It is self-evident, spirit-lowering tripe that could not conceivably cause a single member of the flock to turn aside from the faith.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 20, 2006
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 19, 2006
One could classify The Da Vinci Code as diverting, but it has sidestepped greatness by a wide margin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 19, 2006
The Da Vinci Code the movie suffers the sin of being afraid to make the same kind of mischief with its sacred text -- Brown's book -- that the author did with a certain other blockbusting bestseller.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 19, 2006
Ultimately, it's a work of fiction that, translated to another medium, seems to have lost its punch.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 19, 2006
Ron Howard doesn't so much solve The Da Vinci Code as preserve it under glass. It's a bloodless best-seller adaptation, competent but uninspiring, rather like the vast bulk of Howard's long filmography.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 19, 2006
Absent is the pure guilty joy of sequential puzzle-solving; instead of participating in the hunt, we're shoved off to the side as a couple of crashing boors do it for us.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 19, 2006
Like a two-bit philosopher working the wrong side of the stone, Howard has managed to turn gold into lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 19, 2006
On film, The Da Vinci Code is not so much a fascinating puzzle as a prolonged slog through material that resists the screen.
| Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 19, 2006
In a marketplace rife with guides for idiots, dummies and the rest of us, this movie stands as the novel's priciest CliffsNotes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 19, 2006
As a film derived from a book, The Da Vinci Code isn't a fiasco on the order of The Bonfire of the Vanities nor is it a triumph a la The Lord of the Rings. Instead, it's an acceptable but uninspired simulacrum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 18, 2006
The most controversial thriller of the year turns out to be about as exciting as watching your parents play Sudoku.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 18, 2006
... it's a thriller with a lot of explaining to do, which it does, endlessly, while we wait for an actual movie to break out.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 18, 2006
If there's anything to be learned from this dud, it's that when you decide to adapt an explosive property like The Da Vinci Code, playing it safe isn't safe ...
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 18, 2006
The movie doesn't have the pulp excitement that the author's gimmicky storytelling generated. In fact, it often has no excitement at all.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 18, 2006
Howard takes a strangely respectful approach to the overheated mysticism of the novel, turning the film into that most boring of genres: the pious blockbuster.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
May 18, 2006
Ron Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman struggle mightily to cram as much as possible of Dan Brown's labyrinthine thriller into a 2-hour-28-minute running time, resulting in a movie both overstuffed and underwhelming.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 18, 2006
Rather than being intriguingly provocative, the whole thing comes off as just a rather clumsy provocation.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 18, 2006
Here's the gospel on The Da Vinci Code: It's a total snore.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 18, 2006
These offerings by Howard and Goldsman are not enough to turn a page-turner into something that survives and transcends a media phenomenon, in the way of such bad novels as The Godfather and Jaws.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
May 18, 2006
The movie is so nervous about offending anyone that it's hardly any fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 18, 2006
The film lacks the deductive appeal of the book -- the way it compelled you to match wits with the protagonists. Instead, what might have been a cerebral treasure hunt bogs down in a miasma of nonstop exposition.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 18, 2006
The truth is that The Da Vinci Code is a pretty-good-but-who-cares effort, a moderately interesting diversion that will hold audiences in the moment but leave them unmoved and unchanged.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 18, 2006
All of the actors seem to be on overacting pills save for Hanks, who may yet rue the day he ever stepped off that giant piano and into big, self-important blimps like this.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 18, 2006
Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's bestseller is punishingly long, dramatically overwrought and fatally short on the thrills we demand from summertime blockbusters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 18, 2006
Howard doesn't move the story along as quickly or as smartly as he should. (It's a sad state of affairs when Hanks' character is actually asked to utter the words 'We have to get to the library, fast!')
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
May 18, 2006
Is it really necessary to add a whirlwind of CGI planets to Hanks' consideration of a sphere-based puzzle, or cut to crane shots of Greek architecture and writhing, toga-clad women when he name-checks a pagan event?
| Original Score: C+
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Greg Burk
L.A. Weekly
May 18, 2006
The problem is the pace, which suffers when demands of explication force Howard to pull his foot off the gas.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 18, 2006
How can a film contain so many clues yet remain utterly clueless?
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 18, 2006
The movie works; it's involving, intriguing and constantly seems on the edge of startling revelations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 17, 2006
The Da Vinci Code is as slavishly faithful to its source as the first two Harry Potter pictures, which explains the film's deadly, stop-and-start pace.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 17, 2006
... the more you liked the book, the more likely you are to like the movie.
| Original Score: B-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 17, 2006
If there's a flavor to describe director Ron Howard's all-too-faithful adaptation, it's vanilla.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 17, 2006
... a melodramatic, sometimes lifeless film that is missing the suspense of the popular novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 17, 2006
There's no code to decipher. Da Vinci is a dud -- a dreary, droning, dull-witted adaptation of Dan Brown's religioso detective story ...
| Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 17, 2006
... The Da Vinci Code may be controversial and even heretical -- but worse, still, it's plodding, tedious, deathly dull.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2006
... competent if only occasionally thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 17, 2006
The film is faithful enough, but it's hard to imagine it making many converts.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 17, 2006
... it's not very good -- long (2hr.32min.) and mostly inert.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 17, 2006
... a crackling, fast-moving thriller that's every bit as brainy and irresistible as Dan Brown's controversial bestseller.
| Original Score: 4/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 17, 2006
... Mr. Howard and Mr. Goldsman handle the supposedly provocative material in Mr. Brown's book with kid gloves, settling on an utterly safe set of conclusions about faith and its history, presented with the usual dull sententiousness.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 17, 2006
A jumble of historical myth, religious symbology and international thriller-action makes for an unwieldy, bloated melodrama.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 17, 2006
An oppressively talky film that isn't exactly dull, but comes as close to it as one could imagine with such provocative material.