Reviews

Sep 26, 2017
By the end, the film degenerates into wishy-washy relativism of the school that says "the only thing that matters is what you believe", a real cop-out after the hectic Grail quest preceding it.
May 14, 2009
What seems credible on page is ludicrous in action.
Jun 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.
Jun 22, 2006
Even as a visual aid, The Da Vinci Code is a deep-dyed disappointment. Paris by night never looked murkier.
Jun 3, 2006
If you take this stuff seriously, one way or another, you're sure to be duped. You've got to hand it to Mr. Brown: So dark the con of man, indeed.
May 24, 2006
... a first-rate thriller ...
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.
May 23, 2006
What's wrong with The Da Vinci Code can be summed up in one word: everything!
May 23, 2006
I won't go so far as to recommend it, and I can't imagine ever wanting to see it again.
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.
May 23, 2006
Frankly, it's a stinker.
May 20, 2006
An out of sorts Howard transforms what should be a fun treasure trail romp into something inert and borderline dreary.
May 19, 2006
One could classify The Da Vinci Code as diverting, but it has sidestepped greatness by a wide margin.
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.
May 19, 2006
Ultimately, it's a work of fiction that, translated to another medium, seems to have lost its punch.
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.
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.
May 19, 2006
Like a two-bit philosopher working the wrong side of the stone, Howard has managed to turn gold into lead.
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.
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.