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  • Summary: A rare book dealer (Depp) seeking out the last two copies of a demon text discovers a strange demonic conspiracy.
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. 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.
  3. 63
    A devilish little comedy whose urbane, satirical humor will probably sail right over the heads of audiences weaned on Scream.
  4. Lacking noticeable energy or drive, its almost visceral distaste for dramatic momentum is puzzling, especially in a film about the black arts.
  5. 40
    This tale may well weave a more compelling spell on the page; onscreen it's simply ponderous.
  6. A non-thrilling occult thrillersolame and unoriginal that it would be an embarrassment for any director, much less a talent like Roman Polanski.
  7. Polanski, generally, has fallen farther than Lucifer, and into a more profoundly depressing hell, the hell of utter banality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. Sep 14, 2014
    A brilliant thriller from Roman Polanski, and Johnny Depp gives one of his most fascinating roles.
  2. Sep 22, 2014
    A misunderstood classic that has spooky themes, excellent direction and a role that Depp does great in.
  3. 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!!! Expand
  4. Sep 14, 2014
    The Ninth Gate is a psychological masterpiece, it draws you in and holds your attention until the end.
  5. Sep 18, 2014
    Ninth Gate is a fabulous thriller with ambiguous meanings that clarify themselves at the epilogue of the movie. """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""
  6. 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+.
  7. 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

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