$9.99 (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

$9.99 (2008)



Critic Consensus: Its storyline isn't as wondrous as its visuals, but $9.99 has a sophistication and handmade charm that sets it apart from the animated pack.

Movie Info

Have you ever wondered "What is the meaning of life? Why do we exist?" The answer to this vexing question is now within your reach. You'll find it in a small yet amazing booklet, which will explain, in easy to follow, simple terms your reason for being. The booklet, printed on the finest paper, contains illuminating, exquisite color pictures, and could be yours for a mere $9.99. This is the ad that alters the life of the unemployed 28-year-old who still lives at home, Dave Peck. In his struggle to share his find with the world, Dave's surreal path crosses with those of his unusual neighbors: an old man and his disgruntled guardian angel, a magician in debt, a bewitching woman who likes her men extra smooth, a broken hearted man who befriends a group of hard partying two inch tall students, and a little boy who sets his piggy bank free. Their stories are woven together, examining the post-modern meaning of hope.more
Rating: R (for language and brief sexuality and nudity)
Genre: Animation, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Etgar Keret, Tatia Rosenthal
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 23, 2010
Regent Releasing - Official Site


Geoffrey Rush
as The Angel/Homeless M...
Barry Otto
as Albert
Leon Ford
as Stanton
Henry Nixon
as Drazen/Beanbag/Radio...
Brian Meagan
as Clement
Brian Meegan
as Clement
Tom Budge
as Bisley
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Critic Reviews for $9.99

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (24)

A deliberately coarse character style that's more Gumby than Gromit.

Full Review… | December 16, 2009
Top Critic

A small gem of an animated film, $9.99 manages to be rich in whimsy and fantastical turns while still rooted in human ground.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
Detroit News
Top Critic

It has been a good year for animation that pushes thematic and visual boundaries.

August 7, 2009
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

$9.99 may not be entirely successful from a dramatic perspective, and it certainly offers little enlightenment about the meaning of life. But the film is so intriguing in other ways that it's definitely worth a look.

Full Review… | August 6, 2009
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The conclusion is cheerful -- rather than strain for answers, we should just experience the joy of the moment -- but the road to that resolution is jarring.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Using the medium of Wallace and Gromit and Gumby, Israeli filmmaker Tatia Rosenthal turns her clay figures into real people in $9.99, a wise, wistful study of hope and dread.

Full Review… | July 30, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for $9.99

There's no answer in the title's advertised book (doh!) ... rather its allowing the joy inherent in any moment to have its say, as some characters herein discover in this quirky and different stop-action animation feature. If you're in the mood, this'll do it.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Okay type.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

The lives of the residents of a Sydney apartment---including a surly angel, three miniature surfer dudes looking for a constant party, and an aimless young man who buys a book promising to give him the meaning of life for the bargain price of $9.99---are explored in a series of interlinked stories, most with an absurdist edge. The claymation is really not very good; the characters show little in the way of facial expressions, making you wonder if it might have worked better as a live-action piece. The story is too weird for those looking for a straight drama, and too literary to become a cult item.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


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