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Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Latest on The Da Vinci Code: the critics have had a look, and --

It sucks!!

I think I Cannes, I think I Cannes -- oops, I Cannes't!
Guess what -- quite apart from concerns arising out of its characterization of the Catholic Church as an ancient criminal fraud and of Opus Dei as a murder cult, it turns out the film version is actually, objectively, bad. Poor. Mediocre. Inferior. A bomb. They'll stay away in droves.

AP: Cannes critics find 'Da Vinci Code' not worth cracking

VOA: Cannes Film Festival Critics Pan 'The Da Vinci Code'

Economic Times (India): Critics crucify 'Da Vinci Code'

Sydney Morning Herald: The sound of no hands clapping

Reuters: The Da Vinci Code secret is out: critics hate it (France): Da Vinci Code fails to impress Cannes critics

N.Y. Daily News: 'Da Vinci' Disaster

CNN: 'Da Vinci Code' meets with catcalls

Christian Broacasting Network News reports:
"Nothing really works. It's not suspenseful. It's not romantic. It's certainly not fun. It seems like you're in there forever," Stephen Schaefer of the Boston Herald told Reuters.

One reviewer from the Times of India told Agence France Press, "At the high point, there was laughter among the journalists. Not loud laughs, but a snicker, and I think that says it all."

And Variety said, "Director Ron Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman have conspired to drain any sense of fun out of the melodrama."
And from Catholic News Service:
'Da Vinci Code' draws laughs from journalists at press screening

By John Thavis
Catholic News Service

CANNES, France (CNS) -- Toward the end of the movie "The Da Vinci Code," the main character, Robert Langdon, tells his sleuthing partner, Sophie Neveu: "You are the last living descendent of Jesus Christ."

That line, meant to be the dramatic apex of the film, drew laughs from many of the approximately 900 journalists who viewed the film's first press screening May 16 at the Cannes Film Festival.

The derisive laughter, along with widely critical comments from reporters afterward, summed up the Cannes press reaction to the much-heralded launch of the movie. When the credits ran, silence and a few whistles drove home the response.

Related: Fr. John Wauck has a blog called The Da Vinci Code and Opus Dei.