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$9.99 (2008)

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

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.

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 4

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.

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A jobless 28-year-old residing in an apartment with his single father discovers the meaning of life for a bargain-basement price in this stop-motion animation film featuring the voices of Ben Mendelsohn, Barry Otto, Anthony LaPaglia, and Geoffrey Rush. Dave has made it his mission to discover the meaning of life, so when he stumbles across a book claiming to answer just that question for the low, low price of just $9.99, he can't help but make an impulse purchase. Much to his surprise, the book

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

December 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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A small gem of an animated film, $9.99 manages to be rich in whimsy and fantastical turns while still rooted in human ground.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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It has been a good year for animation that pushes thematic and visual boundaries.

August 7, 2009
Dallas Morning News
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$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.

August 6, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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After the smooth finish of Mary and Max earlier this year, $9.99 can't match up with its similar dark themes.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

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.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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.

December 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
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.

December 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

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

September 17, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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.

September 17, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

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

September 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
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.

September 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia)
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.

September 15, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
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.

September 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
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

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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.

September 9, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

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

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
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.

August 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Comments (2)
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.
July 17, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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Okay type.
January 3, 2012
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Dead Angel

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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.
September 18, 2009
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Greg S

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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.
February 15, 2011
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