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The Ninth Gate Reviews

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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
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 9, 2002
The material remains too trifling and ultimately ludricrous to justify the care that's gone into the production.
January 1, 2000
[Goes] on too long and has too many endings.
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
January 1, 2000
A total washout when reaches its laughably hackneyed, fire -and- brimstone ritual finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
...Polanski light, glimmers of the old genius playing his cards gleefully, then losing his cool at the end.
Read More | Original Score: 6/10
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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
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+
January 1, 2000
The script is so bereft of real surprises that it's best to keep the lid on what few there are.
January 1, 2000
Isn't likely to be mistaken for one of Polanski's great shockers.
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
January 1, 2000
It drags, it clunks, it leaves you stuck between a guffaw and a groan.
January 1, 2000
This film essentially paints itself into a corner from which it can't maneuver to deliver a satisfying ending.
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
Wants to be a horror movie, and Polanski apparently is attempting to recapture the acclaim he received from Rosemary's Baby but he has no such luck.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
You end up feeling duped for taking a two-hour-plus ride that dumps you in the middle of nowhere.
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