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The Da Vinci Code Review Critics


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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 20

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Even as a visual aid, though, The Da Vinci Code is a deep-dyed disappointment. Paris by night never looked murkier.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Da Vinci never rises to the level of a guilty pleasure. Too much guilt. Not enough pleasure.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Ron Howard has taken an intriguing page-turner of a story and re-shaped it into a bloated wannabe epic.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The surprise, and disappointment, of The Da Vinci Code is how slipshod and hokey the religious detective story now seems.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Slow-moving, talky translation of popular novel.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie opens with a brutal murder and includes several other bloody scenes, including a naked man beating himself. The subject matter is too convoluted to interest young kids, so unless you want to shush them, leave them home. A couple of characters use mild profanity, although most of the cursing shows up in French and in subtitles. SPOILER ALERT: The film's plot, based on Dan Brown's best-selling novel, suggests that the Catholic Church has for centuries repressed the "truth" that Jesus was human, married Mary Magdalene, and fathered a daughter. Some viewers may find the issues raised -- Jesus' divinity and the Church's cover-up -- upsetting.

  • Families can talk about the film's premise and the controversy it has inspired. How does the controversy help to promote the movie?
  • What's the appeal of conspiracy theories?
  • If you've read the book, how does the movie compare?

The good stuff
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    Messages: To protect a secret, characters kill, lie, rob, and injure -- while others are determined to uncover the truth. The movie's plot presumes upon long-standing, deep-seated cover ups among very important people.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Langdon is resourceful and very intelligent; his determination to uncover the truth never flags. But other characters are far less worth emulating, whether because they lie and betray others or because they purposely harm themselves.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Shooting murder opens the film; Silas whips and cuts himself, showing blood and cringing/grimacing in pain; grainy flashback scenes repeatedly show violence (Crusades/knights, battles/armies, witch hunts/burnings, visualizing various narrations of "history"); personal flashbacks include Silas' abuse as a child, young Robert trapped in a well, and young Sophie crying/afraid in the harrowing car accident that killed her parents. General action includes shootings, fisticuffs, poisoning, kicks/slaps; Silas kills a nun by smashing her head; blood on shirts and faces.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Some famous paintings show women's naked body parts; Silas appears naked as he performs self-flagellation (you see only his backside and close-ups of limbs); discussion of gender roles includes mention of penises (emblem of "male aggression").

  • language false3

    Language: Some swearing, including French with subtitles ("s--t," "bastard") and English ("Jesus," "hell").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue