Angels & Demons Has Wings
Da Vinci Code follow-up barrels its way through Dan Brown's brand of hokum
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2009 7:54 AM CDT

(Newser) Da Vinci Code sequel Angels & Demons is a fast-paced improvement on its sluggish predecessor, say critics, although filmgoers without a high tolerance for hooey are advised to steer clear.

  • Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer: The "ticking-bomb thriller tightly wrapped in a papal plot and cinched with the ribbons of religion and science" could pass as CSI: Vatican City.

  • Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter: Star Tom Hanks "does a likable job of glossing over every implausibility, allowing the action to climax in gut-churning shots borrowed from cheap horror films."
  • Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The plot, based on Dan Brown's novel, isn't "remotely plausible," but "this kind of film requires us to be very forgiving, and if we are, it promises to entertain."