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The Ninth Gate

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Polanski's occult thriller has sex, language, violence.

Movie R 2000 133 minutes
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Unfolding over more than two laborious hours, this occult mystery is a puzzle that never quite feels complete. Depp's Dean Corso seems at once generic and elusive, stumbling from set piece to set piece as The Ninth Gate's plot takes predictable twists and turns until it wanders into oblivion.

Though widely controversial in his personal life, director Roman Polanski is known for his atmospheric thrillers, and The Ninth Gate is certainly a moody piece, thick with the secrets of the past and an otherworldly aura. There's no denying the film looks and "feels" great. But following in the footsteps of the director's hit satanic thriller Rosemary's Baby, this is full of promise that the story never quite lives up to.

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