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The Ninth Gate Reviews

September 14, 2012
Polanski revisits Satan with less than devilish fun.
Top Critic
April 25, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Plenty of talent is wasted here.
January 1, 2000
The filmmaker takes you on a journey that goes absolutely nowhere.
January 1, 2000
On a scene-by-scene basis, it sometimes entertains, but never amounts to anything.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
The film never gets around to illuminating much about the lead character.
January 1, 2000
The self-immolating and oblivion-bound Ninth Gate is the kind of film that's going to give satanic cults a bad name.
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.
January 1, 2000
It drags, it clunks, it leaves you stuck between a guffaw and a groan.
January 1, 2000
Isn't likely to be mistaken for one of Polanski's great shockers.
January 1, 2000
Elegant, scary fun.
January 1, 2000
You end up feeling duped for taking a two-hour-plus ride that dumps you in the middle of nowhere.
January 1, 2000
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.
January 1, 2000
Sexy, sardonic and slightly over the top, it definitely contains Polanski's best work in years.
January 1, 2000
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.
January 1, 2000
The worst occult film to star big-name actors in many years, and a startlingly inept and unsatisfying piece of storytelling.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
Polanski's sly sense of film-noir conventions pokes fun at the genre while at the same time honoring it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
The Ninth Gate is far from essential viewing.
January 1, 2000
Amusing, ultra - deadpan entertainment.
January 1, 2000
Compulsively watchable.
Read More | Original Score: 6/10