Dean Corso, a shady New York book dealer, is hired by smooth millionaire Boris Balkan to authenticate a volume allegedly written in collaboration with the Devil. While tracking copies of the book in Portugal, Spain and France, Corso comes across a succession of eccentric and/or sinister types.
A strong first act, stunning cinematography and an appealing performance from Johnny Depp lull you into a false sense of security, before Polanskiís sense of the extremely ridiculous takes over, and, unfortunately, the whole thing rapidly descends into sub-End Of Days nonsense
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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