Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon joins forces with an Italian scientist (Ayelet Zurer) to prevent an ancient brotherhood's plot against the Vatican from coming to fruition.
" A slick, speedy thriller that cuts between mystery and murder at an agreeable enough tempo to make two hours go by. "
" Angels & Demons has some exciting sequences, a spectacular ending with a terrific twist and a grounding in the debate about science versus religion that could hardly be more timely. "
" Angels and Demons is a truly handsome production, seamlessly mixing real locations with beautifully detailed sets. There are a few good performances here, and some thrills. Yet there's a flatness to the plotting. "
" Angels and Demons is an OK action film, but only the humorless will find it heretical -- or educational. "
" [It's] not anti-Catholic. It is, however, anti-exciting, anti-sense and anti-involving. "
" [T]he film does not conclude with Langdon being elected Pope himself, but, watching the spiraling inanities of the last 20 minutes, one might be forgiven for thinking it would be the next logical step. "
" At one point Hanks can be glimpsed gasping for air, mid-endless-sentence. Has there ever been a flatter movie character played by a more innately likable star? "
" Howard seems to count on audience goodwill toward Hanks carrying over to Langdon, filling in the hero's many blanks. "
" If these movies made any damned sense, the public response might be no more than a yawn. "
" Presumably in response to criticism that The Da Vinci Code was static and talky, director Ron Howard has made Angels & Demons frantic %u2014 and, well, talky "
" Ron Howard's follow-up to the stiff, stately 2006 The Da Vinci Code, might have been classy, entertaining junk -- if only it were entertaining. "
" Saying that Angels & Demons is a lot better than its predecessor, The Da Vinci Code, is like saying that this swine flu outbreak isn't nearly as bad as the last. "
" The re-creation of St Peter's and the Sistine Chapel on the Hollywood backlot is a production achievement, yet the movie's about as exciting as looking over someone's shoulder while they finish a crossword. "
" This is not a good movie. "
" We're left to wonder, who in the Vatican can really be trusted? And also, will Ron Howard continue to make movies about a character who comes alive on the page, but sputters on the big screen? "
" What the movie is supposed to accomplish -- laying out a fairly complex mystery in a way that creates suspense -- is precisely what it doesn't do. "
" Why are quality pros like Howard and Hanks involved in this enterprise? Do they need the money? Angels and Demons is sure to make plenty. But their artistic souls will do hard time in purgatory for it. "
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