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Dull Vinci

Most movie reviewers don’t like The Da Vinci Code. A sampling:

Newsweek: “The Roman Catholic Church can rest easy. 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.”

Detroit News: “Here’s the gospel on “The Da Vinci Code”: It’s a total snore. It’s so boring it could be called “The Dull Vinci Code.” It’s so dumb it could be called “The Duh Vinci Code.” It’s the worst film ultra-reliable director Ron Howard has ever made. It turns the most likeable actor in America, Tom Hanks, into a stodgy cipher. It makes the most charming actress in Europe, Audrey Tautou, about as appealing as gum surgery. Together they have the chemistry of buttermilk.

Washington Post: “The most controversial thriller of the year turns out to be about as exciting as watching your parents play Sudoku.”

New York Times: “I certainly can’t support any calls for boycotting or protesting this busy, trivial, inoffensive film. Which is not to say I’m recommending you go see it.”

Variety: “An oppressively talky film that isn’t exactly dull, but comes as close to it as one could imagine with such provocative material; result is perhaps the best thing the project’s critics could have hoped for.”

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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