The Ninth Gate
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An authority on rare books is drawn into a confrontation with the forces of darkness in this thriller directed by Roman Polanski. Dean Corso (Johnny Depp) is a rare book broker who makes his living tracking down valuable items for rich bibliophiles. Corso is hired by Boris Balkan (Frank Langella), a millionaire New Yorker with a vast collection of occult literature and a keen interest in "The Nine Gates to the Kingdom of Shadows." Legend has it that the book was co-written by Satan in the 17th century, and only three copies are known to exist; the owner of one recently sold the book… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The self-immolating and oblivion-bound Ninth Gate is the kind of film that's going to give satanic cults a bad name."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Johnny Depp refuses to comment on Roman Polanski's supernatural thriller, and who can blame him?"
‑ Michael Dequina,
"At least the action is moved by earthbound dementia rather than by the power of a divinity."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"The material remains too trifling and ultimately ludricrous to justify the care that's gone into the production."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"I kept hoping Polanski would take the plot by the neck and shake life into it, but no."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Polanski revisits Satan with less than devilish fun."
‑ Brandon Judell, indieWIRE
"Sorely underrated...wisely counter-cultural to Hollywood's idea of what a supernatural thriller should be. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The Ninth Gate est un énième film sous-évalué qui mérite davantage d'attention et de reconnaissance."
‑ Louis-Jérôme Cloutier, Panorama
"Artfully constructed and deliberately paced, making up for the many ludicrous twists and turns it takes."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Elegant, scary fun."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
" ultimately does go without saying that Polanski's fans will find more to embrace here than his detractors."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Sometimes dry, sometimes wacky, but surprisingly compelling throughout."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The first hour of the picture is sublime."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Depp trudges through gamely, but I sensed that he knew how silly the whole movie was, and didn't really commit to it."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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