Even as a visual aid, The Da Vinci Code is a deep-dyed disappointment. Paris by night never looked murkier.
-Joe MorgensternFull Review
... a first-rate thriller ...
-Richard RoeperFull Review
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.
-Michael AtkinsonFull Review
What's wrong with The Da Vinci Code can be summed up in one word: everything!
I won't go so far as to recommend it, and I can't imagine ever wanting to see it again.
-Andrew SarrisFull Review
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.
One could classify The Da Vinci Code as diverting, but it has sidestepped greatness by a wide margin.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
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.
-Geoff PevereFull Review
Ultimately, it's a work of fiction that, translated to another medium, seems to have lost its punch.
-Moira MacDonaldFull Review
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.
-Roger MooreFull Review
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.
-Amy BiancolliFull Review
Like a two-bit philosopher working the wrong side of the stone, Howard has managed to turn gold into lead.
-Rick GroenFull Review
On film, The Da Vinci Code is not so much a fascinating puzzle as a prolonged slog through material that resists the screen.
In a marketplace rife with guides for idiots, dummies and the rest of us, this movie stands as the novel's priciest CliffsNotes.
-Lisa KennedyFull Review
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.
-Ty BurrFull Review
The most controversial thriller of the year turns out to be about as exciting as watching your parents play Sudoku.
-Ann HornadayFull Review
... 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.
If there's anything to be learned from this dud, it's that when you decide to adapt an explosive property like The Da Vinci Code, playing it safe isn't safe ...
-David EdelsteinFull Review
The movie doesn't have the pulp excitement that the author's gimmicky storytelling generated. In fact, it often has no excitement at all.
-Philip WuntchFull Review
Howard takes a strangely respectful approach to the overheated mysticism of the novel, turning the film into that most boring of genres: the pious blockbuster.
-Dana StevensFull Review
Ron Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman struggle mightily to cram as much as possible of Dan Brown's labyrinthine thriller into a 2-hour-28-minute running time, resulting in a movie both overstuffed and underwhelming.
-David AnsenFull Review
Rather than being intriguingly provocative, the whole thing comes off as just a rather clumsy provocation.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
Here's the gospel on The Da Vinci Code: It's a total snore.
-Tom LongFull Review
These offerings by Howard and Goldsman are not enough to turn a page-turner into something that survives and transcends a media phenomenon, in the way of such bad novels as The Godfather and Jaws.
-Terry LawsonFull Review
The movie is so nervous about offending anyone that it's hardly any fun.
-Jami BernardFull Review
The film lacks the deductive appeal of the book -- the way it compelled you to match wits with the protagonists. Instead, what might have been a cerebral treasure hunt bogs down in a miasma of nonstop exposition.
-Peter RainerFull Review
The truth is that The Da Vinci Code is a pretty-good-but-who-cares effort, a moderately interesting diversion that will hold audiences in the moment but leave them unmoved and unchanged.
-Mick LaSalleFull Review
All of the actors seem to be on overacting pills save for Hanks, who may yet rue the day he ever stepped off that giant piano and into big, self-important blimps like this.
-Jan StuartFull Review
Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's bestseller is punishingly long, dramatically overwrought and fatally short on the thrills we demand from summertime blockbusters.
-Colin CovertFull Review