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Angels & Demons Review

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4.5

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  • 3.0
    48

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Angels & Demons is a serious slog. Still, it's an odd kind of a slog that manages to keep you partially engaged, even at its most esoteric or absurd.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Angels doesn't know when to quit: Just when you think it's over, it continues.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The new movie is an opulent-bordering-on-hysterical mass of chitchat and chase scenes.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Plucking the same violent, occult strings as "Da Vinci" while avoiding its leadenness, Angels keeps the action coming for the best part of 139 minutes.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Talky, violent conspiracy thriller will bore kids and teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this adaptation of Dan Brown's pre-Da Vinci Code novel about ancient religious conspiracy theories and a secret society has more deaths than the first movie. The action starts with a gruesome murder and theft, and the violence continues throughout, as cardinals are taken hostage and killed in public, shocking ways. Plus, it's implied that prominent priests and the Vatican's Swiss Guard conspire to commit murder and cover up scandals. Language is generally mild, and there's no sex to speak of; some characters smoke.

  • Families can talk about the film's premise. The first movie's central conspiracy theory upset Christians across the globe, but this one has been deemed inaccurate but "harmless" by the Catholic Church. Why the change of perspective?

  • In general, does controversy help promote a movie?

  • Discuss how the violence in this movie compares to the first one. Does it have more or less impact? Why?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Messages are mixed. In general, the film is packed with conspiracy theories, cover-ups, and manipulation.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Role models are mixed. The main characters act heroically and risk their lives for the Catholic Church, even though they're not members. But another character hires a contract killer to torture and murder men of faith just to further his own agenda.

What to watch for
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    Violence: As in the previous film, the movie has a great deal of violence -- and it actually has more deaths than the first movie. Cardinals are literally branded, and three are killed gruesomely. A character is shot, and his eyeball is torn out; characters are routinely shot or stabbed to death. One lights himself on fire, while another is burned a la Joan of Arc.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not applicable

  • language false2

    Language: Mostly mild; words include "hell," "damn," "goddamn it," "go to hell," etc.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Prominently featured vehicles include a fancy SUV and Mercedes Benzes.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some of the cardinals are shown smoking cigarettes, as is a member of the Swiss Guard.

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