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Movie Review - The Da Vinci Code (2006 United States)

Updated on April 25, 2012

There's corny and there's corny and then there's THIS

It's hard to imagine a big budget movie that fails as dramaticly as does The Da Vinca Code

Here’s yet another big, expensive, silly Hollywood movie! Why doesn’t it work? Oh, let me count the (many, many) ways: for one thing, it's self-conscious -- as was the book. Dan Brown clearly wrote it thinking, "how can I make sure I can sell the film option for this?" I will admit I couldn’t finish the book; after the first ten pages or so I just put it down and never felt motivated to pick it back up again. Two words describe my reaction to what I did manage to read. The first word is pretentious. The second is baloney.

The movie further insults the viewer by constantly reminding us how very, very important the premise is -- even though it is actually utterly irrelevant. How many people do you know who really care about the big ‘What If’ of this film? Seriously. Aren’t we all too busy worrying about stuff like war, recession, poverty, intolerance — real problems, in other words — to give a rat’s rear end if Jesus Christ had a wife or a kid? Please tell me how that possibility, if correct, impacts anyone’s real life? And I mean anyone excluding I guess Catholic priests, nuns and – evidently – whatever demographic Dan Brown had in mind when he wrote the (oh, did I mention it’s just awful?) book and whatever portion of the screenplay (he has a co-author credit for the adaptation).

Anyway, if you want to watch a great thriller, forget this piece of drivel. Instead, you can’t go wrong with Hitchcock's North by Northwest . Note that we never actually find out what the "McGuffin" -- Hitch's term for the central plot devise, the thing in the movie for which it is worth killing and dying -- is , but it doesn't matter. We're along for the chase, we don’t need anyone to remind us that it's really important -- really, really important, damn it! – the way this movie keeps reminding us that its truly lame McGuffin is.

Silly. Pretentious. Bad. Did I mention that I didn’t like it?

Copyright © Roberta Lee 2012. All rights reserved.

(I am an artist and the author of the Suburban Sprawl series of novels as well as two nonfiction books. Find out more about my work at


2 hr. 28 min.

Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Directed By: Ron Howard

Written By: Dan Brown, Akiva Goldsman

In Theaters: May 19, 2006

On DVD: Nov 14, 2006

Box Office:$217.5M

Sony Pictures


Tom Hanks - Robert Langdon

Audrey Tautou - Sophie Neveu

Ian McKellen - Sir Leigh Teabing

Alfred Molina - Bishop Aringarosa

Jürgen Prochnow - Vernet

Paul Bettany - Silas

Jean Reno - Captain Bezu Fache

Jean-Yves Berteloot - Remy Jean

Amazingly, the trailer is just as silly as the movie:

Why not watch a good thriller right now instead?

What do you think of The Da Vinca Code?

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    • DIYmyOmy profile image

      DIYmyOmy 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Steve - And so it has always been--the commercial success of a movie (or book) is no guarantee that it won't be, well, stupid. And I'm particularly critical of these big budget, big hype projects, because the resources are there to make a good movie. So when it's as lame as this one is it's especially egregious.

    • Steve Lensman profile image

      Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England

      Hi Roberta, it's not one of my favourites either though I did manage to finish the book. I think it was the best selling novel of the past 30 or 40 years? It was at the top of the book charts for years.

      The sequel Angels & Demons is even more over the top but it was more entertaining I thought.

      I thought Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland was pretty awful and yet it grossed over a billion dollars.

      Vote Up.

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      DIYmyOmy 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Is there a movie that was popular, but that you thought was terrible?