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The 9th Life of Louis Drax Reviews

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September 3, 2016
Intriguing, with a fine finish. But clumsy and utterly lacking in suspense every step of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 3, 2016
It may start off exceptionally well, but by the end has become a bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.9/10
September 2, 2016
A dopey psychological thriller that combines elements of "The Sixth Sense" with an overbearing sentimentality, "The 9th Life of Louis Drax" flat-lines from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 2, 2016
The 9th Life Of Louis Drax is a tonal timebomb waiting to explode, but it bursts too early and bombards audiences with a clashing array of conflicting visions.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
September 2, 2016
Louis Drax is a disaster. That's true of the title character, a nine-year-old boy whose life has been filled with one near-fatal accident after another. Unfortunately, it also describes this movie, the latest from director Alexandre Aja.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 2, 2016
Works as both a children's movie for adults and a grownup movie for kids, a rare balancing act most young-adult fare can't pull off.
September 2, 2016
The feature ends up a frustrating mess of ideas that aren't gifted time to develop organically, watching Minghella stuff everything into the picture at once.
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 2, 2016
Works so hard to keep us off-balance, to make us wonder where, exactly, it's going, that it can't help but wind up at a disappointing end.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 2, 2016
A satisfactory mystery thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 2, 2016
Part of the successful detour around the plot potholes is the moody location. Shot in Vancouver, the film is steeped in gray tones that play well to the film's moral ambiguity...dark, heavy and basted in autumnal palettes that scream "Fall!"
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 2, 2016
What might be engrossing in Liz Jensen's source novel is oddly opaque in this screen mishmash, and much of what's meant to be tense or suspenseful is merely awkward.
September 2, 2016
An ambitious but failed oddball genre entry with no clear-cut audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
September 2, 2016
Aja, while not at the height of his powers, still does a marvelous job, managing to keep the melodramatic nature of the scenario from overwhelming things.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 2, 2016
The 9th Life of Louis Drax's flowers from its drama into a paranoid fantasy masterpiece that's as equally enthralling as it is magical.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 2, 2016
It's hard to describe it as a success, but this is a laudable attempt at something unusual. We recommend approaching with caution, but hope that this beautifully made oddity finds its admirers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 2, 2016
While the film is rather mannered, it's also sleek and visually engulfing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 2, 2016
Sometimes it can be good to think outside the box, but this strange, unsettling mishmash of dark fantasy, disturbing behavior, and child psychology is ultimately more dismaying than refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 2, 2016
...an uneasy blend of the straightforwardly naturalistic and the whimsically fantastic, a combination that probably worked better on the page than it does on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
September 2, 2016
None of it really makes much sense, nor is it cohesive stylistically-it has a low-rent feel.
September 2, 2016
You may wonder whether this kid is 'touched by an angel' or 'touched by fate' or touched by some other screenwriting cliche.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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