$9.99 Reviews

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October 29, 2010
After the smooth finish of Mary and Max earlier this year, $9.99 can't match up with its similar dark themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
August 9, 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.
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
December 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Fainaru
Screen International
December 16, 2009
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.
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
December 16, 2009
A deliberately coarse character style that's more Gumby than Gromit.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 11, 2009
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 | Original Score: B+
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
September 17, 2009
The film is more than picturesque whimsy, though: at times it reaches for some really quite weird imagery - and some raw honesty.
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
September 17, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
September 16, 2009
The whole never quite comes together, in fact -- but even without that unity, the film has an oddball charm and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
September 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
September 15, 2009
Not for all tastes due to its arthouse nature, this animation transcends into beautiful magical realism with a spectacular Australian voice cast.
Ed Gibbs
Empire Magazine Australasia
September 13, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 10, 2009
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
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 10, 2009
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
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
September 9, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
$9.99 is consistently amusing but rarely laugh-out-loud funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
August 7, 2009
It has been a good year for animation that pushes thematic and visual boundaries.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 6, 2009
$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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 31, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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