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Universal acclaim- based on 89 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 80 out of 89
  2. Negative: 5 out of 89

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  1. Sep 22, 2014
    A misunderstood classic that has spooky themes, excellent direction and a role that Depp does great in.
  2. Sep 18, 2014
    Ninth Gate is a fabulous thriller with ambiguous meanings that clarify themselves at the epilogue of the movie. """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""
  3. Sep 18, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Ninth Gate is amazing.

    The plot focuses on a rare book dealer who is competitive but he doesn't break the law.

    He receives a strange assignment where he has to track down 2 demon texts.

    The tomes are called The Nine Gates of The Kingdom of Shadows.

    The set is reputed to conjure Lucifer himself as the movie describes.

    Odd events start befalling Johnny Depp but he doesn't back out before he's in danger.

    Others are looking for the set as well and someone starts following him.

    Depp's employer Boris Balkan doesn't tell Depp why he wants the set.

    He tells Depp he wants to authenticate his version, but Depp knows he is hiding something.

    Depp doesn't want to risk his life for a hefty sum of money.

    Depp eventually becomes obsessed with acquiring the books as well.

    The movie is one of the best thrillers of the 90's.
  4. Sep 18, 2014
    The Ninth Gate will take you on a journey that you won't forget, it is a modern masterpiece.
  5. Sep 16, 2014
    Ninth Gate is an eerie thriller that is a masterpiece based on its eeriness and masterful performance from
    Johnny Depp. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  6. Sep 16, 2014
    The Ninth Gate is an overlooked vastly underrated classic. The movie has a great atmosphere and acting.
  7. Sep 16, 2014
    A deep psychological thriller that is full of mystery, suspense and action. Depp is enchanting in the movie.
  8. Sep 14, 2014
    The Ninth Gate is a psychological masterpiece, it draws you in and holds your attention until the end.
  9. Sep 14, 2014
    Johnny Depp excels in this thriller about a rare book dealer who gets embroiled in a dangerous mission.
  10. Sep 14, 2014
    A brilliant thriller from Roman Polanski, and Johnny Depp gives one of his most fascinating roles.
  11. Jul 10, 2014
    This movie has Depp in a great role and the effects are nifty as well. The movie has many thrilling scenes
    and the plot is intricate. The opening and end credits are also very cool looking. You have to see the movie
    to see what the credits are like. Overall Ninth Gate is an occult thriller with a great twist.
  12. Jul 10, 2014
    The Ninth Gate is a clever psychological thriller with Johnny Depp. His character is a rare book detective
    who becomes embroiled in a search for a demon tome. The movie is thrilling and the plot is very complex.
    If you haven't seen Ninth Gate, see it today. The movie will keep you engrossed until the conclusion, the
    movie also has a dark occult atmosphere, A+.
  13. Mar 13, 2014
    If you simply want a movie that tells a story without having climaxes, this movie is for you
    The plot is great, the mood is great - but the movie is slow. Which I personally really enjoy but it sure isn't something for everyone.
  14. Jan 11, 2014
    Interesting story, yet cheesy dialogue and lame directing. Could have been epic had someone like maybe David Lynch directed it. Very boring.. disappointing.
  15. Aug 24, 2013
    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 of Roman's and Depp's best!!!
  16. Feb 18, 2013
    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. Collapse
  17. Oct 21, 2011
    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.
  18. Mar 24, 2011
    Utterly...utterly...boring. Nothing ever happens. I give it a 2 just because I am a fan of Lena Olin. The movie is perfect from a cinematographic point of view, except maybe for the protragonist's disgusting habit of lighting up a cigarette every 5 minutes. But the story is so lame, it is hard to stay awake. The devil is too stupid to get a simple book ? Bad news for all the evil people in the world, when their own boss is so dumb... Expand

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 30
  2. Negative: 9 out of 30
  1. Elegant, scary fun.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    A supernatural thriller that is neither super, natural, nor thrilling.
  3. A film not even a star as foxed and foxy as Johnny Depp himself could save.