Opening

100% John Wick Oct 24
No Score Yet Ouija Oct 24
No Score Yet 23 Blast Oct 24
56% Laggies Oct 24
54% White Bird in a Blizzard Oct 24

Top Box Office

79% Fury $23.7M
88% Gone Girl $17.5M
77% The Book of Life $17.0M
64% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day $11.5M
8% The Best Of Me $10.0M
23% Dracula Untold $10.0M
47% The Judge $7.9M
31% Annabelle $7.9M
62% The Equalizer $5.4M
63% The Maze Runner $4.4M

Coming Soon

86% Goodbye to Language 3D Oct 29
48% Saw Oct 31
83% Nightcrawler Oct 31
56% Before I Go to Sleep Oct 31
50% Horns Oct 31

New TV Episodes Tonight

96% The Flash: Season 1
79% Marry Me: Season 1
86% Sons of Anarchy: Season 7
92% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 2
64% NCIS: New Orleans: Season 1
56% Forever: Season 1
56% Selfie: Season 1
100% Person Of Interest: Season 4
56% Happyland: Season 1
29% Manhattan Love Story: Season 1
No Score Yet Brickleberry: Season 3
No Score Yet About a Boy: Season 2
No Score Yet Uncle: Season 1
No Score Yet Chicago Fire: Season 3
No Score Yet NCIS: Season 12
No Score Yet Faking It: Season 2
No Score Yet Supernatural: Season 10
No Score Yet Awkward: Season 4


New Fall TV

96% The Affair: Season 1
66% A to Z: Season 1
18% Bad Judge: Season 1
52% Cristela: Season 1
No Score Yet Death Comes to Pemberley: Season 1
96% The Flash: Season 1
65% Gracepoint: Season 1
100% Jane the Virgin: Season 1
79% Kingdom: Season 1
79% Marry Me: Season 1
15% Mulaney: Season 1
20% Stalker: Season 1
93% Survivor's Remorse: Season 1
No Score Yet Transporter: The Series: Season 1
No Score Yet Uncle: Season 1


Certified Fresh TV

96% The Affair: Season 1
84% American Horror Story: Freak Show
85% black-ish: Season 1
88% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5
91% Doctor Who: Season 8
96% The Flash: Season 1
100% The Good Wife: Season 6
90% Gotham: Season 1
82% Homeland: Season 4
84% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1
100% Jane the Virgin: Season 1
88% The Knick: Season 1
79% Marry Me: Season 1
98% Transparent: Season One
97% The Walking Dead: Season 5

$9.99 (2008)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 55
Fresh: 41
Rotten: 14

Critics 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.

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 19
Rotten: 4

Critics 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.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 5,242

ADVERTISEMENT

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 … More

Rating:
R (for language and brief sexuality and nudity)
Genre:
Animation , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Tatia Rosenthal , Etgar Keret
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Feb 23, 2010
Runtime:
Regent Releasing - Official Site


Cast


Related News & Features


Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

Critic Reviews for $9.99

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (14) | DVD (1)

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

Full Review… | December 16, 2009
Variety
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

After the smooth finish of Mary and Max earlier this year, $9.99 can't match up with its similar dark themes.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010

There is so much to admire about the skill involved in the stop-motion craft, but all films, regardless of their devices, rise or fall on their story, which is abstract and unengaging in $9.99.

Full Review… | August 9, 2010
sbs.com.au

Director Tatia Rosenthal's inspiration was to populate the proceedings with animated 3-D figures; her cerebral, darkly funny film is a feat of stop-motion rumination.

Full Review… | December 16, 2009
Boston Phoenix

Like most episode pieces, Rosenthal and Keret seem to have chosen the easy way out by not taking the trouble to develop any of the ideas beyond the basic anecdote.

Full Review… | December 16, 2009
Screen International

The film is more than picturesque whimsy, though: at times it reaches for some really quite weird imagery - and some raw honesty.

Full Review… | September 17, 2009
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Set in a grim, grimy, often bleak world, a hybrid, densely detailed environment of interwoven stories and chance encounters, with occasional flights of fantasy and rare glimmers of hope.

Full Review… | September 17, 2009
The Age (Australia)

The whole never quite comes together, in fact -- but even without that unity, the film has an oddball charm and intelligence.

Full Review… | September 16, 2009
Sydney Morning Herald

Think Robert Altman's Short Cuts with clay characters as engaging as human actors, and you might get a sense of what you'll experience.

Full Review… | September 16, 2009
Courier Mail (Australia)

Not for all tastes due to its arthouse nature, this animation transcends into beautiful magical realism with a spectacular Australian voice cast.

Full Review… | September 15, 2009
FILMINK (Australia)

Playful, light-hearted and fun, with an impressive cast of Aussie stars and some fine stop-motion animation. As it stands, at 74 minutes, it's not quite as smart (or rewarding) as one would hope.

Full Review… | September 13, 2009
Empire Magazine Australasia

The Jewish melancholy and downbeat humour that oozes from the original writing is overlaid with an Australian idiom, thanks ironically to the great cast, in a transplant that doesn't really take

Full Review… | September 10, 2009
Urban Cinefile

It's a challenging film with plenty of merit as a handful of unrelated stories criss-cross and involve us in a mountainous thought provoking journey in which we ponder the meaning of happiness

Full Review… | September 10, 2009
Urban Cinefile

The creation of this world is amazingly detailed; it's magic, really. But maybe the film doesn't quite reach the heights of everyman experience to which it aspires.

Full Review… | September 9, 2009
At the Movies (Australia)

$9.99 is consistently amusing but rarely laugh-out-loud funny.

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
Washington Times

I'm kind of getting tired of these "grown up" cartoons like WALTZ WITH BASHIR and PERSEPOLIS. To me, they kind of seem more focused on the gimmicks than the actual story.

Full Review… | August 16, 2009
Sin Magazine

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.

More
ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

½

Okay type.

More
3niR
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.

More
366weirdmovies
Greg S

Super Reviewer

½

In "$9.99," Jim Peck has just had a horrible start to his day, first by not being able to hail a cab and then a disturbing encounter with a homeless man. His grown son Dave is unemployed and has just had a bad interview for a telemarketing job.(I agree with Camille that it is a lousy job, having personal experience in the field of telephone surveys.) So, Jim urges Dave to follow his brother into the lucrative repossessing business.

"$9.99" is an engagingly offbeat stop-motion animated film that is intended for more mature audiences. It is not only the sex and language that warrant this caution but also the themes centered around loneliness.(The movie reinforces my theory that people who talk the most turn out to be the loneliest.) The Pecks are not the only household in the film missing a woman, either through death or a vanishing act, leading to melancholy for all. To escape the loneliness, it sometimes comes down to the crazy things we do for love. Otherwise, the characters go through the motions of their lives until either something very good or very bad happens and then the pattern repeats.

More
Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

$9.99 Quotes


There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss $9.99 on our Movie forum!