Pecking "The Da Vinci Code" to Death
Here is smattering of what these literary sad sacks—whose big perk in life is free movie tickets on opening day—had to say:
While the book is a potboiler written with little grace and style …
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
The Da Vinci Code opens in theaters today. If it is faithful to Dan Brown's embarrassingly mediocre novel …
—Gregory J. Sullivan, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Although pretty dismal as prose, the tome fairly rips along, courtesy of a strong story hook …
—Todd McCarthy, Variety
Dan Brown's pointy-headed potboiler …
—David Edelstein, New York Magazine
The Da Vinci Code is a terrible book, made popular by the kind of people who give reading a bad name …
—David Faraci, chud.com
… (although considering how bad the writing in Brown's original novel is, maybe the movie is overestimating the fanbase).
—David Faraci, chud.com
The Da Vinci Code is a prime example of clumsy artfulness, a book that boasts perhaps some of the most idiotic sentences ever laid to paper.
—Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
It's a thriller, and the failure of both Dan Brown's book and Howard's film is not one of scholarship, but rather one of storytelling.
—Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
A quick page-turner of incompetent plotting becomes a film which favors exposition over ideas …
—Erik Childress, Efilmcritic.com
. . . it offers strong performances and stylish filmmaking to make up for the book's flaws.
—Edward Dougless, comingsoon.com
. . . a fast-paced, childishly written speculative thriller. . .
—Daniel Fienberg, zap2it.com
In my opinion, here is one of the few fair comments on the book:
Dan Brown's entertaining read of fiction seemed a natural for a screen adaptation. The action flowed effortlessly from page to page and from chapter to chapter, causing many a sleepless night as readers around the world found it difficult to put down. Surprisingly director Ron Howard completely misses the mark, managing to turn an exciting, page-turning adventure into a complete bore.
- Audrey Tatou
- Da Vinci
- Daniel Fienberg
- Daniel Henninger
- David Edelstein
- David Faraci
- Edward Dougless
- Erik Childress
- Gregory J. Sullivan
- Ian McKellen
- Jack Maxson
- Jay Gosselin
- Jonathan Gibbs
- Merissa Marr
- Michael Elliott
- Nancy Kerrigan
- Ron Howard
- Suzy Ridenour
- Terrible Prose Ed Zuckerman
- The News
- Todd McCarthy
- Tom Hanks
- Variety Dan Brown