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The 9th Life of Louis Drax

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United Kingdom, Canada, United States · 2016
Rated R · 1h 48m
Director Alexandre Aja
Starring Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul, Molly Parker
Genre Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, Drama

A psychologist who begins working with a young boy who has suffered a near-fatal fall finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality.

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The New York Times by Neil Genzlinger

It’s not clear whether The 9th Life of Louis Drax is deliberately inconsistent or merely an example of confused filmmaking. One thing is certain, however: It sure leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

The result is a supernatural mystery thriller, slightly overcooked and tonally odd – and uncertain if its juvenile lead is supposed to be cute or sinister. But it is watchable and even intriguing in its weird way.


The Hollywood Reporter by Sheri Linden

By the time director Alexandre Aja brings together the pieces with an illuminating pang of emotion, most viewers’ confusion will have given way to indifference.


The Seattle Times by Soren Andersen

The picture is like an onion. There are layers here, and beneath them more layers. Peeling them back with surgical skill, director Alexandre Aja reveals complicated family dynamics.


Philadelphia Inquirer by Tirdad Derakhshani

With its clever structure and pacing, its range of emotional notes, and its remarkable use of magic realism, The 9th Life of Louis Drax makes for an absorbing and memorable mystery.

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