Lisa Schwarzbaum
March 24, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Ninth Gate

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
125 minutes
performer
Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin
director
Roman Polanski
distributor
Artisan Entertainment
author
Roman Polanski
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a D+

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.

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