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The Ninth Gate Reviews

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Top Critic
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
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
About as scary as a sock-puppet re-enactment of The Blair Witch Project, and not nearly as funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
Amusing, ultra - deadpan entertainment.
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I kept hoping Polanski would take the plot by the neck and shake life into it, but no.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
January 1, 2000
You end up feeling duped for taking a two-hour-plus ride that dumps you in the middle of nowhere.
Gemma Files
January 1, 2000
The key word here is 'whore,' not 'horror.' As in 'too bad Polanski's become one' ... and such an ineffective one, to boot.
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Peter Brunette
January 1, 2000
Compulsively watchable.
| Original Score: 6/10

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Through it all, Depp keeps the film grounded.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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