The Da Vinci Code Reviews

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May 14, 2009
What seems credible on page is ludicrous in action.
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.
June 22, 2006
Even as a visual aid, The Da Vinci Code is a deep-dyed disappointment. Paris by night never looked murkier.
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.
Top Critic
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 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.
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.
May 18, 2006
The most controversial thriller of the year turns out to be about as exciting as watching your parents play Sudoku.
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.
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