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The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016)



Critic Consensus: The 9th Life of Louis Drax is intriguing and visually compelling, but its disparate parts are never truly woven into a satisfying whole.

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After surviving eight near-death accidents throughout his unlucky life, Louis Drax [Aiden Longworth] plunges off a steep cliff on his ninth birthday. While police investigate the cause of Louis' near-fatal fall and the whereabouts of his violent father Peter [Aaron Paul], acclaimed neurologist Dr. Allan Pascal [Jamie Dornan] uses unorthodox techniques to try to tap into the boy's unconscious mind and reveal the truth about the events that led to his condition. But as he's drawn deeper and deeper into the mystery of Louis' seeming ability to cheat death, the doctor finds himself falling for Louis' mother, Natalie [Sarah Gadon]. As new clues emerge in the case, a shocking revelation changes the fates of Louis Drax and everyone around him.

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Jamie Dornan
as Dr. Allan Pascal
Sarah Gadon
as Natalie
Aiden Longworth
as Louis Drax
Oliver Platt
as Dr. Perez
Adam Abrams
as Doctor (X-Ray)
Julian Wadham
as Dr. Janek
Beckham Skodje
as Louis Age 2
Terry Chen
as Elliottt
Randi Lynne
as ER Nurse
John Hainsworth
as ER Patient
Nels Lennarson
as Morgue Technician
Jennifer Derwojed
as Seaworld Trainer
Alex Zahara
as Navarra
Fiona Vroom
as Receptionist
Iris Paluly
as Pysch Patient #1
David Lloydy Lloyd
as Pysch Patient #2
David Lloydy
as Pysch Patient #2
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Critic Reviews for The 9th Life of Louis Drax

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (22)

The film promises a fabulous twist that never comes, and delivers instead some cutesy magical realist touches (lots of interior boy brain stuff) and a palpable lack of chemistry between Dornan and Gadon.

October 10, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Louis Drax shoves magic and monsters into a story that's already overpacked with grindhouse violence, a police procedural, a queasy romance, and incoherent social commentary.

September 7, 2016 | Full Review…

[An] odd, intriguing film ...

September 4, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

September 2, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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 | Full Review…

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 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The 9th Life of Louis Drax

The film has style and imagination that keeps this from being a complete a typical film. The actors are well cast and the conclusion adds further depth but there is something missing that stops this film from being anything more. The pacing is slow and kind of unavoidable with the style and direction but this story doesn't gel like it should. It is similar in the story sense like Horns which also failed to connect the high concept with story elements. I liked the film and found the overall arc interesting, just not a film for everyone.

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

Super Reviewer


A great might have been that slipped in the stitching together of its disparate parts. Still interesting although a confusing mash by the forced ending.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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