$9.99 Reviews

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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+
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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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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 30, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 24, 2009
It isn't always clear if the animation is integral to the movie or merely a way of sprucing up its more familiar tales of melancholy and yearning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
July 16, 2009
The stop-motion animated world of $9.99 is a marvel to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
July 10, 2009
It's an entertaining, depressing and ultimately hopeful movie about the times we live in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 26, 2009
A charming, poetic and at times surreal stop-motion animation co-written with Etgar Keret and based on the Israeli writer's short stories.
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
June 25, 2009
A movie that entertains and enlightens without being preachy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 19, 2009
With all the hoo-ha over Up, the latest Pixar extravaganza, it would be a loss if the highly worthy little animated feature $9.99 got buried in the avalanche.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 19, 2009
This often haunting stop-motion Claymation movie ultimately suffers from what bedevils many live-action movies culled from short stories: a herky-jerky plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 19, 2009
Fans of deadpan comic fantasy writers like Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut are likely to be intrigued by this lively little packet of weird -- then dive like a dolphin into Keret's loopy story volumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 19, 2009
[Director] Rosenthal gives the entire production a lovely, fine-art look, and a real feeling that we're looking at life as it's lived -- even if there are angels involved, and everyone is made of modeling clay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 19, 2009
$9.99 uses an extraordinary technique to bring the Israeli writer Etgar Keret's world to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
June 18, 2009
It's a sleepy film, both in its consciously low-key execution and in its startling flashes of dreamlike whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 17, 2009
Using the droll, wise stories of Etgar Keret as her guide, Israeli filmmaker Tatia Rosenthal concocts an artful film that 
 expresses deep thoughts, lightly.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 17, 2009
Animation is so often used for frivolous flights of fancy that it's something of a shock to see it employed in the service of a tale that emphasizes human foible and mortality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 16, 2009
Etgar Keret is sometimes described as Israel's Woody Allen, but this hugely popular humorist is more fanciful and morbid in his evocation of cultural schlemielery.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 22, 2008
There is something undeniable hypnotic and bewitching about Tatia Rosenthal's $9.99, which if nothing else is a candidate for the most unusual film of 2008.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
December 12, 2008
Like most films that crisscross among a handful of city dwellers to mull contemporary ennui, $9.99 is less than the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 11, 2008
The stop-motion animated puppets in Tatia Rosenthal's beguiling first feature look like clay-mated slabs of glazed meat, at once unreal and hyper-real.