- Dan Brown has one of his characters say that 'the Bible, as we know it today, was collated by the pagan emperor Constantine the Great.' This is pure fiction. Constantine had nothing whatever to do with collating the Bible. The canon, as we know it today, took centuries to form and was the result of debate and consensus of church leaders -- never an imperial decree. The most he did was authorise the copying and distribution of fifty Bibles but there were no significant differences between these and and what had been produced before.
- One of the most important "facts" presented by Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code is the assertion that the New Testament has omitted Jesus' marriage to Mary Magdalene. In reality, there is not a shred of evidence that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married. This is pure speculation.
- The Da Vinci Code represents the Catholic organisation Opus Dei as a monastic order. In fact, it is not -- it doesn't have monks and it is lay-oriented.
I could go on. The point is, to rely on The Da Vinci Code to make true statements about history is misplaced trust.
In summary: The Da Vinci Code is entertaining fiction -- not reliable history.
My Rating: ***1/2 (out of 5)
'Ron Howard's splendid The Da Vinci Code is the Holy Grail of summer blockbusters: a crackling, fast-moving thriller that's every bit as brainy and irresistible as Dan Brown's controversial bestseller.' - Lou Lumenick/New York Post
'The Catholic Church has nothing to fear from this film. It is not just tripe. It is self-evident, spirit-lowering tripe that could not conceivably cause a single member of the flock to turn aside from the faith.' - Anthony Lane/The New Yorker
disturbing images, violence, some nudity, thematic material, brief drug references and sexual content
- Dan Brown's web site devoted to The Da Vinci Code
- The official web site of the movie
- The Da Vinci Code: Of Magdalene, Gnostics, the Goddess and the Grail
- Catholic Answers: Cracking the Da Vinci Code
- The Da Vinci Code, the Catholic Church and Opus Dei (from the Prelature of Opus Dei in the United States)