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The Da Vinci Code Reviews: The night before the premiere

19 May

The Da Vinci Code premieres tomorrow night and the early reviews are in. And they are not too complementary. Currently RottenTomatoes.com is giving it a 17% rating which is a ROTTEN rating. (“17%” means that only 17% of the critical reviews were positive. If you need help doing the math—that means that 83% of the reviews were negative.)

Here are some of the comments from reviewers around the country (my favorite is at the bottom):

“A jumbled, joyless affair that neither entertains nor enlightens.”
— Shawn Adler, IGN FILMFORCE

“Every time Langdon starts to educate Sophie, the urge to tune out is overwhelming.”
— Josh Bell, LAS VEGAS WEEKLY

“As for the film’s entertainment virtues, forget it. This is one of the most talky and pretentious major films in memory.”
— Steve Crum, VIDEO-REVIEWMASTER.COM

“Retarded, ridiculous and crushingly dull.”
— Devin Faraci, CHUD

“The movie is woefully plotted and just flat-out, eye-crossingly dull.”
— Phoebe Flowers, SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL

“Voltaire, never a huge advocate of organized religion, would be having a fine chuckle nowadays over the current Dan Brown brouhaha.”
— Brandon Judell, NEW YORK THEATRE WIRE

“You know a movie’s a dud when even its self-flagellating albino killer monk isn’t any fun. “
— John Beifuss, COMMERCIAL APPEAL (MEMPHIS, TN)

“Way too long and duller than watching Da Vinci’s paint dry…takes away the book’s little credibility and makes the flaws more obvious.”
— Edward Douglas, COMINGSOON.NET

“Langdon’s not a human character, but an amalgamation of pop-up trivia and pensive stares and there’s nothing Hanks can do to make him sympathetic, interesting or engaging.”
— Dan Fienberg, ZAP2IT.COM

“… it’s not very good — long (2hr.32min.) and mostly inert.”
— Richard Corliss, TIME MAGAZINE

“The film is faithful enough, but it’s hard to imagine it making many converts.”
— Owen Gleiberman, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“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 LaSalle, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

And my favorite….

The Da Vinci Code: More dog’s dinner than Last Supper
By Anthony Quinn
Published: 19 May 2006 by The Independent

For Christ’s sake! If this movie sends a single shockwave through true believers then one can only assume that their faith rests on pathetically frail foundations. Choosing to picket cinemas that screen The Da Vinci Code makes about as much sense as picketing a Monopoly board for a perceived unfairness over property rents. Nobody has cause to worry about this preposterous confection, and that includes the studio trying to sell it: the air of hallowed secrecy thrown about the project should guarantee success for at least a couple of weeks.

I guess this means that the movie may not have as big of an effect as some Christian naysayers have predicted. I heard Josh McDowell explain the coming of this movie as the biggest attack on the Christian faith in our lifetime. Maybe not. I think the movie will do well in the box office, but the bad review may throw a wet blanket on all the talk. I am happy that the movie is coming out. It gives me an opportunity to teach on things like the Council of Nicea (325 AD) and other historical things like the origins of the New Testament. I will be teaching on these topics on May 28th. Fun stuff…

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