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The Da Vinci Code

drama, thrillers

A symbologist is caught in a 2000-year-old web of secrecy and uncovers the truth about The Holy Grail ' a truth that could shatter the very foundations of Western Civilization.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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3 out of 5
Positive messages
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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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: I won't go so far as to recommend it, and I can't imagine ever wanting to see it again.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Rotten: 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 Edelstein, New York Magazine, Friday, June 29, 2007


- Luke Buckmaster, In Film Australia, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Only took me 3 years to finally get around to seeing this movie. In the end i was entertained and loved the intrigue, the fact that the church got all upset over this book just makes it worth it more. An all star cast kept the film going and Ron Howard as always gave me a solid show.

- jmanard52, Saturday, November 28, 2009

5 stars

Excellent mystery movie with top-notch performance by Tom Hanks.

- imrealgod, Sunday, June 14, 2009

4 stars

A masterpiece. An astonishing, brilliant, nail-biting, gripping, fast paced and spectacular edge of your seat thriller. It's stunning, thrilling and absolutely breathtaking. It's intelligent, stylish, remarkable and unforgettable. Director, Ron Howard has crafted a beautifully constructed, anticipated and mind-blowing mystery. It has plenty of top-notch performances from it's all-star cast. Tom Hanks has never been better. Ian McKellen is magnificent. Alfred Molina is teriffic. Jean Reno is fantastic. It's one of the year's most amasing and exhilerating entertainments. It's a total blast from beginging to end that you wont forget. Pure spun gold. An awsome globe-hopping adventure with great chases and twist that you will love right to the very end.

- allan913, Tuesday, July 21, 2009