Parents' Guide to

The Da Vinci Code

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Slow-moving, talky translation of popular novel.

Movie PG-13 2006 147 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 15+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

one of the most boring movies I have ever seen

I dont understand the fuss about this movie An action movie with no action talk talk talk about religion good to put yu to sleep thats about it

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (28):

Based on Dan Brown's bestseller, this movie is surprisingly unwieldy and conventional, despite and because of the controversy surrounding it. While The Da Vinci Code often looks like it's offering subjective views into Robert Langdon's mind, in effect these images are silly and slow. The special effects are unconvincing as paintings and sculptures move, and the explanatory voice-overs tend to repeat what's obvious.

For all the mystical blurring of edges, the film doesn't make smart connections between periods or characters, and it offers too much explanation and tedious literal flashbacks. The untangling of all the plot strands leads not to an interrogation of various institutions (academe, the cops, the Church), but to a pile-on of much less interesting personal pathologies.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 19, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: November 14, 2006
  • Cast: Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Tom Hanks
  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 147 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: disturbing images, violence, some nudity, thematic material, brief drug references and sexual content
  • Last updated: June 3, 2023

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