The 9th Life of Louis Drax Reviews

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October 10, 2016
The film promises a fabulous twist that never comes, and delivers instead some cutesy magical realist touches (lots of interior boy brain stuff) and a palpable lack of chemistry between Dornan and Gadon.
September 2, 2016
A dopey psychological thriller that combines elements of "The Sixth Sense" with an overbearing sentimentality, "The 9th Life of Louis Drax" flat-lines from beginning to end.
September 2, 2016
Works as both a children's movie for adults and a grownup movie for kids, a rare balancing act most young-adult fare can't pull off.
September 2, 2016
What might be engrossing in Liz Jensen's source novel is oddly opaque in this screen mishmash, and much of what's meant to be tense or suspenseful is merely awkward.
September 2, 2016
The 9th Life of Louis Drax excels at grabbing you with a steady stream of provocative and ornate images. But to what end, I'm still not sure.
September 2, 2016
Either you'll be willing to go with some of its wilder visual conceits or you won't. (I was, for the most part.)
November 1, 2018
There was potential for The 9th Life of Louis Drax to be something more than it is, but it just holds itself back in so many different ways.
August 30, 2018
The 9th Life of Louis Drax is a quirky and atmospheric film noir. It's a stylish and sinister head-scratcher that will keep you hooked until its epic conclusion.
August 28, 2018
A confused, misanthropic mess from start to finish, the gorgeous to look at and admittedly well performed adult fantasy The 9th Life of Louis Drax doesn't make a lick of emotional or logical sense.
December 21, 2017
Alexandre Aja's film has several flaws, but at least it's pleasantly odd.
November 13, 2017
Amazing 9-year-old with 9 lives and counting.
October 18, 2017
There's no doubt the film has its problems, but director Alexandre Aja always ensures it has style, if not much substance.
October 14, 2017
Despite its pretensions, The 9th Life of Louis Drax is not hard to figure out, and no amount of beautifully lit dream imagery makes up for a recycled whodunit.
September 13, 2016
The 9th Life of Louis Drax could not be more appropriately titled, not only because it has gone through many incarnations before its September 2 arrival in theaters but because it seems to contain the ghosts of many films.
September 8, 2016
The film is too busy weaving in and out of its many narrative through lines for any [metaphors] to resonate as deeply as they should.
September 8, 2016
It's definitely in a class of its own and one of the more unique kids' stories out right now.
September 8, 2016
The 9th Life of Louis Drax's flowers from its drama into a paranoid fantasy masterpiece that's as equally enthralling as it is magical.
September 7, 2016
So good in Indignation and other recent efforts, Gadon is lost in a part that buffets her between wounded saint and vertiginous femme fatale.
September 7, 2016
Louis Drax shoves magic and monsters into a story that's already overpacked with grindhouse violence, a police procedural, a queasy romance, and incoherent social commentary.
September 7, 2016
Unusual in that it is a five-hander, it has some very good performances; Paul feels very solid, Gadon is subtle but strong, and young Longworth does a good role justice. It's an unusual but accessible film.
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