The Ninth Gate
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Dean Corso is highly skilled at his work, a position which requires dexterity, cultural expertise, nerves of steel...and few scruples. Known for locating rare books for wealthy collectors, Corso is hired by eminent book-lover and scholar of demonology, Boris Balkan. Corso's mission: to find the last two volumes of the legendary manual of satanic invocation "The Nine Gates of the Shadow Kingdom," compare them with Balkan's first volume, supposedly the only one of its kind, and ascertain the authenticity of the series. Corso accepts the challenge. From New York to Toledo, Paris… 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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