| Original Score: 2/4
Plenty of talent is wasted here.
The filmmaker takes you on a journey that goes absolutely nowhere.
On a scene-by-scene basis, it sometimes entertains, but never amounts to anything.
I kept hoping Polanski would take the plot by the neck and shake life into it, but no.
About as scary as a sock-puppet re-enactment of The Blair Witch Project, and not nearly as funny.
| Original Score: 2/5
The film never gets around to illuminating much about the lead character.
The self-immolating and oblivion-bound Ninth Gate is the kind of film that's going to give satanic cults a bad name.
It's so disappointing for the director of Rosemary's Baby to have to stoop to something as desperate as pyrotechnics and nudity.
Isn't likely to be mistaken for one of Polanski's great shockers.
It drags, it clunks, it leaves you stuck between a guffaw and a groan.
Elegant, scary fun.
You end up feeling duped for taking a two-hour-plus ride that dumps you in the middle of nowhere.
It overstays its welcome by 20 minutes or so, just long enough for us to begin to feel a little silly for having so much fun.
Sexy, sardonic and slightly over the top, it definitely contains Polanski's best work in years.
Watching The Ninth Gate is like being force-marched through dank rooms piled high with musty books, led by drab tour guides who mutter the same pedantic points over and over.
The worst occult film to star big-name actors in many years, and a startlingly inept and unsatisfying piece of storytelling.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Early on I thought I could almost smell the sharp must of the leather bindings ... but that scent was just the aroma of middle-brow, art-house Euro-rot, a whiff of decay and hauteur.
| Original Score: D+
| Original Score: 1/4
Polanski's sly sense of film-noir conventions pokes fun at the genre while at the same time honoring it.
The script is so bereft of real surprises that it's best to keep the lid on what few there are.
The Ninth Gate is far from essential viewing.
Amusing, ultra - deadpan entertainment.
| Original Score: 6/10