Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 30
  2. Negative: 9 out of 30
  1. Polanski's directing is marvelously assured and Depp is always fun to watch.
  2. 80
    Amusing, ultra-deadpan entertainment. The director was lucky enough to have a cast who were in on the joke and tuned in to his wavelength.
  3. The movie falls apart toward the end as it enters "Eyes Wide Shut" territory, but until then, it's fun to see bookworms cast in the James Bond mode.
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Thompson
    75
    Begins to take on a striking resemblance to the infamously bad "Eyes Wide Shut."
  5. Reviewed by: Don Kaye
    65
    Fairly enjoyable as an old-fashioned horror yarn -- or, if that doesn't work for you, as a black comedy about an obsessive collector.
  6. 63
    A devilish little comedy whose urbane, satirical humor will probably sail right over the heads of audiences weaned on Scream.
  7. 60
    Compulsively watchable and its occasional lapses into that familiar Polanskian overkill are almost charming.
  8. So visually striking, so compulsively watchable as storytelling, and so personal even in its enigmas that I found it much more pleasurable than any of the Hollywood genre films I've seen lately.
  9. Exotic Ninth Gate breaks down into clichés.
  10. Reviewed by: Andrea C. Basora
    50
    As long as Polanski keeps his focus on character and ambiance, the film is an eerie pleasure. But he doesn't, and it degenerates into a second-rate chase movie which takes its supernatural overtones either too seriously or too lightly to be convincing.
  11. Right up to its deliberate thud of a closer, Polanski had me.
  12. Summoning silliness Roman Polanski salutes and spoofs satanic thrillers .
  13. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    The script is so bereft of real surprises that it's best to keep the lid on what few there are.
  14. 42
    After a cheeky, campy start, The Ninth Gate leaves you with a bitter and dull aftertaste.
  15. 40
    About as scary as a sock-puppet re-enactment of "The Blair Witch Project," and not nearly as funny.
  16. 40
    This tale may well weave a more compelling spell on the page; onscreen it's simply ponderous.
  17. 40
    Euro-kitsch of the highest order, which doesn't mean it's necessarily bad, just unnecessary.
  18. The whole thing seems to meander aimlessly, rarely creating a chill.
  19. Lacking noticeable energy or drive, its almost visceral distaste for dramatic momentum is puzzling, especially in a film about the black arts.
  20. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    40
    This is really a shaggy devil story whose giddy, ironic tone may throw viewers expecting a scary movie.
  21. A non-thrilling occult thrillersolame and unoriginal that it would be an embarrassment for any director, much less a talent like Roman Polanski.
  22. A film that really has no idea what it wants to be, so it tries a little of everything, and does nothing very well.
  23. Reviewed by: Richard T. Jameson
    34
    The once-talented Mr. Polanski is hard to spot.
  24. A film not even a star as foxed and foxy as Johnny Depp himself could save.
  25. 30
    Never quite becomes unwatchable.
  26. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    30
    A nonsensical mishmash.
  27. Most of the actors seem to have been issued one facial expression at the beginning of the film, along with pain-of-death instructions not to change it under any circumstance.
  28. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    25
    A supernatural thriller that is neither super, natural, nor thrilling.
  29. Polanski, generally, has fallen farther than Lucifer, and into a more profoundly depressing hell, the hell of utter banality.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 101 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Aug 24, 2013
    10
    A masterpiece that's highly underrated!!!! It's very hard to make a movie like that these days. Watch and enjoy THE NINTH GATE!!!! One ofA masterpiece that's highly underrated!!!! It's very hard to make a movie like that these days. Watch and enjoy THE NINTH GATE!!!! One of Roman's and Depp's best!!! Full Review »
  2. Oct 21, 2011
    10
    Masterpiece, Polanski should be proud of this one.
    A Dark occult feature, feels like a film noir although it is not, great performance by the
    Masterpiece, Polanski should be proud of this one.
    A Dark occult feature, feels like a film noir although it is not, great performance by the ensemble lead by Johnnie Depp.
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  3. Feb 18, 2013
    8
    I really liked this movie up until the end. Depp's search for the books and the variations he found among them was very interesting.I really liked this movie up until the end. Depp's search for the books and the variations he found among them was very interesting. However, I thought the end was schmaltzy and not in keeping with the rest of the film. The scenes involving the meeting of the secret society and the death of Depp's client were particularly silly. It could have been really wonderful had the end lived up to expectations based on the rest of the movie. Full Review »