The Ninth Gate
The Ninth Gate (1999)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 24, 1999
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2000
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Even though the film is stylish and atmospheric, critics say The Ninth Gate meanders aimlessly and is often ludicrous. And despite the advertising, there's hardly any chills.

Brandon Judell

Polanski revisits Satan with less than devilish fun.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Tony Sokol
Den of Geek

Who knew satanic enlightenment could be so sexy?

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Elegant, scary fun.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews ultimately does go without saying that Polanski's fans will find more to embrace here than his detractors.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I kept hoping Polanski would take the plot by the neck and shake life into it, but no.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

The self-immolating and oblivion-bound Ninth Gate is the kind of film that's going to give satanic cults a bad name.

Michael Dequina

Johnny Depp refuses to comment on Roman Polanski's supernatural thriller, and who can blame him?

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An engaging, slow-burning satanic thriller in the first hour, but soon the mysteries start to pile up in a plot that leaves too much unanswered (the reason… More
Daniel Mumby
With the notable exception of Se7en, numerical horror-thrillers are utter rubbish. With their ridiculous twists, over-the-top acting and an overreliance on… More
Melvin White
Boris Balkan: You read from this book, but you have no conception of its true power. I alone have grapsed its secret, I alone have fathomed the master's… More
Alex roy
Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate is an average supernatural/psychological horror film that has a pretty impressive cast. The Ninth Gate has a great concept,… More
Chris Weber
Returning to territory he mined with Rosemary's Baby, this is Roman Polanski's second take on Satanic shenanigans. Johnny Depp stars as Dean Corso,… More
Red Lats
Normally I like thrillers. And of course, everyone knows Johnny Depp. But I only rate this movie three stars. The role of the book dealer could have been… More