The Ninth Gate Reviews

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Brandon Judell
September 14, 2012
Polanski revisits Satan with less than devilish fun.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 10, 2011 ultimately does go without saying that Polanski's fans will find more to embrace here than his detractors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Dequina
January 8, 2010
Johnny Depp refuses to comment on Roman Polanski's supernatural thriller, and who can blame him?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 17, 2009
Sorely underrated...wisely counter-cultural to Hollywood's idea of what a supernatural thriller should be. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
May 13, 2007
Sometimes dry, sometimes wacky, but surprisingly compelling throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
October 29, 2004
At least the action is moved by earthbound dementia rather than by the power of a divinity.
| Original Score: 3/5
October 7, 2004
The Ninth Gate est un énième film sous-évalué qui mérite davantage d'attention et de reconnaissance.
| Original Score: A-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 5, 2003
The first hour of the picture is sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
September 9, 2002
The material remains too trifling and ultimately ludricrous to justify the care that's gone into the production.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 7, 2002
Artfully constructed and deliberately paced, making up for the many ludicrous twists and turns it takes.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Depp trudges through gamely, but I sensed that he knew how silly the whole movie was, and didn't really commit to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
a solid, engrossing supernatural mystery-thriller that comes completely undone in the last five minutes
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 1, 2000
Suspenseless and fairly ludicrous.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's so disappointing for the director of Rosemary's Baby to have to stoop to something as desperate as pyrotechnics and nudity.
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
A total washout when reaches its laughably hackneyed, fire -and- brimstone ritual finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mary Kalin-Casey
January 1, 2000
This supernatural mystery is an uneventful, drawn-out, and colossally disappointing return to the screen for the once-compelling director.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
This film essentially paints itself into a corner from which it can't maneuver to deliver a satisfying ending.
Tom Block
January 1, 2000
Painful to watch The Ninth Gate's meticulous tone and rhythms go for naught in its final half-hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 1, 2000
[Goes] on too long and has too many endings.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
A supernatural thriller that can put you to sleep with its plodding pacing is not exactly a recipe for success.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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