The Ninth Gate

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Released 2000

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Director:
Roman Polanski
Released:
2000
Rating:
R

The Ninth Gate is a 1999 horror thriller directed by Roman Polanski. Dean Corso (Johnny Depp) is an ambitious and driven rare book dealer. He has little passion for the works he peddles, instead only interested in earning money. When Boris Balkan (Frank Langella), an affluent client, approaches Dean to verify the authenticity of a mysterious 17th century manuscript, Dean jumps at the chance. As he investigates the text, Dean learns that it is reputed to be written by Satan himself and can apparently also summon the devil. He travels to Europe to figure out whether the book is the genuine article or one of the two known duplicates. However, Dean finds a string of mysterious deaths connected to the book's previous owners. In addition, many people seem desperate to get the book back from him, including Liana (Lena Olin). Before he even fully grasps what is happening, Dean is involved in a conspiracy that makes him wonder if the dark legends are true.

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  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    About as scary as a sock-puppet re-enactment of "The Blair Witch Project," and not nearly as funny.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Lacking noticeable energy or drive, its almost visceral distaste for dramatic momentum is puzzling, especially in a film about the black arts.

  • 40

    Variety

    This is really a shaggy devil story whose giddy, ironic tone may throw viewers expecting a scary movie.

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    Thrillers, Cult, Supernatural, Satanic