The Ninth Gate Roman Polanski's effete supernatural yarn about a cagey rare-book dealer (Johnny Depp) tormented by catastrophes while tracking down books about the Devil for a collector… The Ninth Gate Roman Polanski's effete supernatural yarn about a cagey rare-book dealer (Johnny Depp) tormented by catastrophes while tracking down books about the Devil for a collector… R PT125M Drama Mystery and Thriller Johnny Depp Frank Langella Lena Olin Artisan Entertainment
Movie Review

The Ninth Gate (2014)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
D+

Details Rated: R; Length: 125 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Johnny Depp and Frank Langella; Distributor: Artisan Entertainment

Roman Polanski's effete supernatural yarn about a cagey rare-book dealer (Johnny Depp) tormented by catastrophes while tracking down books about the Devil for a collector (Frank Langella) gives off the aroma of art-house Euro-rot, a whiff of decay and hauteur. And, like pages falling out of an old tome, the movie comes unglued slowly, while Polanski indulges his taste for creepy voluptuousness.

Originally posted Apr 30, 2004 Published in issue #532 Mar 24, 2000 Order article reprints