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The Ninth Gate Reviews

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Brandon Judell
indieWIRE
September 14, 2012
Polanski revisits Satan with less than devilish fun.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
June 17, 2008
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2002
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Richard T. Jameson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Plenty of talent is wasted here.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
The filmmaker takes you on a journey that goes absolutely nowhere.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
On a scene-by-scene basis, it sometimes entertains, but never amounts to anything.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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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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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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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
The film never gets around to illuminating much about the lead character.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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.
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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.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Isn't likely to be mistaken for one of Polanski's great shockers.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
It drags, it clunks, it leaves you stuck between a guffaw and a groan.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Elegant, scary fun.
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John Hartl
Film.com
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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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
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.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Sexy, sardonic and slightly over the top, it definitely contains Polanski's best work in years.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
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
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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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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
The script is so bereft of real surprises that it's best to keep the lid on what few there are.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
The Ninth Gate is far from essential viewing.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Amusing, ultra - deadpan entertainment.
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Compulsively watchable.
| Original Score: 6/10