I'd been interested in seeing The Da Vinci Code for a long time (I am one of those people who actually enjoyed the book, so I guess that makes me a dork). I found the critical reaction to the film at Cannes earlier this week quite fascinating. There has been so much buzz and controversy around this film that I suppose it was inevitable the bulk of critics would hate it (or at least pretend to hate it), but the feeding frenzy after the press premiere of the film struck me as being a little overboard. Critics have been practically falling over each other right and left in some kind of bizarre critical pissing contest over who can say the cleverest and snarkiest things about Ron Howard's little film, and having seen Da Vinci tonight with a sneak preview crowd, I'm honestly at a bit of a loss as to why. I mean, the film is sitting at a dismal 16% on Rotten Tomatoes at the moment -- 16%! For comparison, consider, for a moment, that Britney Spears' crapfest Crossroads has a 15%. The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl? 20%. Dickie Roberts (which, for the love of God, starred David-freaking-Spade!) has a 23%. Even Big Momma's House got a 30%. Is The Da Vinci Code a worse movie than Shark Boy and Lava Girl or Dickie Roberts? Seriously?