Review Round Up: The 9th Life of Louis Drax

Jamie Dornan stars in Alexandre Aja’s film based on Liz Jensons novel. Find out what critics have been making of it here. 

The Guardian: **** “this odd, intriguing film – and the influence of Guillermo del Toro is ever-present, like a more benevolent version of the barnacle-encrusted sea monster that lurks on the periphery of this picture.”

The Upcoming: *** “In spite of an interesting story and engaging character beats, the haphazard piecing together of The 9th Life of Louis Drax detracts from an a positive cinematic experience.” ” For Aja, who has demonstrated an appetite for truly twisted material in the past, it all adds up to a disappointingly tame outing.”

The Verge: “It’s even more of a mess than its poor mangled, hamster-murdering protagonist.”

The New York Times: “It’s not clear whether “The 9th Life of Louis Drax” is deliberately inconsistent or merely an example of confused filmmaking.”

Hollywood Reporter: ” Louis Drax achieves what it struggles elsewhere to do: It conveys a sense of churning drama that won’t be contained, and the idea of an unconscious boy’s still-active imagination.”

Irish Times: *** “An impressive ensemble, intriguing characters and Maxime Alexandre’s murky, almost monochrome cinematography keeps us engaged.”

The Wrap: ” Louis Drax is a curious melding of sensibilities, as eager to show off its mysteries as it is to neatly resolve them. It’s a pleasant enough reverie, but one from which you won’t mind waking.”

The 9th Life of Louis Drax is in UK cinemas now. 




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