The 9th Life of Louis Drax Reviews

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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.
September 7, 2016
The deceptively simple beginning gives way to a powerhouse plot and horrendous ending.
September 4, 2016
The tonal shifts between oddball quirkiness and potboiler clich are never satisfactorily patched over, and when the ending rolls around, you might think you've been watching a spoof version of 'If I Stay.'
September 4, 2016
[An] odd, intriguing film ...
September 3, 2016
I admire Aja for trying to stretch beyond his comfort zone, but that admiration does not extend to my telling you to buy a ticket.
September 3, 2016
Intriguing, with a fine finish. But clumsy and utterly lacking in suspense every step of the way.
September 3, 2016
It may start off exceptionally well, but by the end has become a bore.
September 2, 2016
The 9th Life Of Louis Drax is a tonal timebomb waiting to explode, but it bursts too early and bombards audiences with a clashing array of conflicting visions.
September 2, 2016
Louis Drax is a disaster. That's true of the title character, a nine-year-old boy whose life has been filled with one near-fatal accident after another. Unfortunately, it also describes this movie, the latest from director Alexandre Aja.
September 2, 2016
The feature ends up a frustrating mess of ideas that aren't gifted time to develop organically, watching Minghella stuff everything into the picture at once.
September 2, 2016
Works so hard to keep us off-balance, to make us wonder where, exactly, it's going, that it can't help but wind up at a disappointing end.
September 2, 2016
A satisfactory mystery thriller.
September 2, 2016
Part of the successful detour around the plot potholes is the moody location. Shot in Vancouver, the film is steeped in gray tones that play well to the film's moral ambiguity...dark, heavy and basted in autumnal palettes that scream "Fall!"
September 2, 2016
An ambitious but failed oddball genre entry with no clear-cut audience.
September 2, 2016
Aja, while not at the height of his powers, still does a marvelous job, managing to keep the melodramatic nature of the scenario from overwhelming things.
September 2, 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 2, 2016
It's hard to describe it as a success, but this is a laudable attempt at something unusual. We recommend approaching with caution, but hope that this beautifully made oddity finds its admirers.
September 2, 2016
While the film is rather mannered, it's also sleek and visually engulfing.
September 2, 2016
Sometimes it can be good to think outside the box, but this strange, unsettling mishmash of dark fantasy, disturbing behavior, and child psychology is ultimately more dismaying than refreshing.
September 2, 2016
...an uneasy blend of the straightforwardly naturalistic and the whimsically fantastic, a combination that probably worked better on the page than it does on the screen.
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