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#1 of 202 Lou Sytsma

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Posted May 16 2006 - 10:39 PM

McCarthy of Variety finds it dull - http://www.variety.c...1117930534.html
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#2 of 202 Sam Davatchi

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Posted May 17 2006 - 12:00 AM

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Part of the quick deflation is due to a palpable lack of chemistry between Hanks and Tautou, an odd thing in itself given their genial accessibility in many previous roles. Howard, normally a generous director of actors, makes them both look stiff, pasty and inexpressive in material that provides them little opportunity to express basic human nature
I kind of suspected that. From the very first moment the first trailer came out, I said here, this thing doesn't seem exciting.

#3 of 202 Sam Davatchi

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Posted May 17 2006 - 02:26 AM

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Ron Howard's adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, which debuts at Cannes Film Festival, fails to live up to the hype that surrounded Dan Brown's novel.
BBC review:
http://news.bbc.co.u...ent/4989710.stm

#4 of 202 JeremyErwin

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Posted May 17 2006 - 02:31 AM

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One of the book's triumphs is the way in which it allows the reader to solve the clues before Langdon and Neveu, giving the reader a smug satisfaction at their own perceived intelligence.

Ah, I love bad reviews.

#5 of 202 Larry Sutliff

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Posted May 17 2006 - 03:54 AM

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Scriptwriter Akiva Goldsman has produced a script that is clunky in parts and downright cringeworthy in others.

I find it amazing that the guy who wrote BATMAN AND ROBIN and the LOST IN SPACE remake is not only still working on major films, but even has an Oscar to his credit!

#6 of 202 RobertR

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Posted May 17 2006 - 04:00 AM

It's reasonable to think the film will make a big initial boxoffice splash, but these reports on how dull it is make me think it will have no legs.

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Posted May 17 2006 - 04:41 AM

I hope it's not another Bonfire of the Vanities for Hanks, but it doesn't sound as though it will end up being the massive blockbuster it's been made out to be.

#8 of 202 Adam Lenhardt

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Posted May 17 2006 - 04:59 AM

If it's really that bad, I'm guessing a huge opening weekend with a steep drop-off after that.

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Posted May 17 2006 - 05:38 AM

The one theater owner I know who has seen it has told me they were not very impressed. They like the book, but found the movie to be "plodding" and they thought Tom Hanks was the wrong actor for the part.

He actually made a reference to me I thought was funny: "It was like a very slow paced "National Treasure"
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#10 of 202 TheLongshot

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Posted May 17 2006 - 05:41 AM

Jeffery Wells didn't like it either, saying it is the worst movie Ron Howard had directed since Far And Away. (He must have wiped The Grinch out of his brain...)

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#11 of 202 Jeff(R)

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Posted May 17 2006 - 07:47 AM

Wow I don't think I've ever seen a rating of 0% rotten before. Only seven reviews however (as of this post).

http://www.rottentom.../da_vinci_code/

Hollywood reporter:

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"A jumble of historical myth, religious symbology and international thriller-action makes for an unwieldy, bloated melodrama."

Variety:

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"An oppressively talky film that isn't exactly dull, but comes as close to it as one could imagine with such provocative material."


#12 of 202 Michael Caicedo

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Posted May 17 2006 - 09:54 AM

Not surprised. I knew Ron Howard was going to blow this.
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#13 of 202 Sam Davatchi

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Posted May 17 2006 - 10:46 AM

And Dark horizon review:

http://www.darkhoriz...ws/davincin.php

Well apparently the movie is bad! I was going to see it but now I will wait for the DVD.

#14 of 202 ChrisMatson

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Posted May 17 2006 - 10:46 AM

These bad reviews have me leaning toward skipping this in the theater.
I never read the book and was curious about the story, but it sounds like a movie that is not worth $9.00.

#15 of 202 Joe D

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Posted May 17 2006 - 10:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Jeff®
Wow I don't think I've ever seen a rating of 0% rotten before. Only seven reviews however (as of this post).

http://www.rottentom.../da_vinci_code/

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Variety:

Now it's up to 8 reviews, and still 0%. I guess the girlfriend and I won't be seeing it this weekend.

I thought the trailer looked good until I saw that Ron Howard was directing it.

#16 of 202 DavidPla

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Posted May 17 2006 - 11:30 AM

It seems its the source material that is first and foremost the problem. The reviews that compare it to the book say that it follows the book very closely which IS its problem. Weird.

#17 of 202 Carlo Medina

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Posted May 17 2006 - 04:05 PM

Personally, I just wish someone would tell Hanks that he plays a symbologist and not a symbiologist.

He says symbiologist in nearly every interview I've heard (and yes I checked with Dictionary.com).

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#18 of 202 Ray Chuang

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Posted May 17 2006 - 04:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Adam Lenhardt
If it's really that bad, I'm guessing a huge opening weekend with a steep drop-off after that.

Especially with the opening of X-Men: The Last Stand on May 26, 2006.
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#19 of 202 BrettB

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Posted May 18 2006 - 03:34 AM

Poland was all about the critics being cynical and vindictive and whatnot....

untill he saw the film.

Poland Review (possible spoilage)

#20 of 202 Joe D

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Posted May 18 2006 - 03:40 AM

Ebert gives the movie 3 stars.

http://rogerebert.su....VIEWS/60419009


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