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9 (2009)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 180
Fresh: 102 | Rotten: 78

Although its story is perhaps too familiar and less complex than some might wish, 9 is visually spectacular, and director Shane Acker's attention to detail succeeds in drawing viewers into the film's universe.

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 16

Although its story is perhaps too familiar and less complex than some might wish, 9 is visually spectacular, and director Shane Acker's attention to detail succeeds in drawing viewers into the film's universe.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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The time is the too-near future. Powered and enabled by the invention known as the Great Machine, the world's machines have turned on mankind and sparked social unrest, decimating the human population before being largely shut down. But, as our world fell to pieces, a mission began to salvage the legacy of civilization; a group of small creations was given the spark of life by a scientist in the final days of humanity, and they continue to exist post-apocalypse. One of these creations, 9,

Dec 29, 2009

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All Critics (180) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (102) | Rotten (78) | DVD (2)

This film will surely be remembered as an intriguing failure: a triumph of ambition over ability, of ideas over emotional resonance - just another grim fairy tale for these troubled times.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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In movies, our technology is so often the ruin of us. We got that message from Stanley Kubrick way back when, and we get it now. But couldn't filmmakers let something else ruin us for a change? Even the apocalypse needs variety.

September 11, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (7)
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It's easy to see why Acker's gifts caught the attention of these directors; he's a visual craftsman of no little promise. Now if he can just stitch together a story with the same loving care that went into creating those digital burlap dolls...

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Slate
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[Its] splendid visuals are dragged down by a tedious story.

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The expanded cast of creatures looks great, dressed and animated in the homespun style Acker calls ''stitchpunk.''

September 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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It might have been an opportunity for the sort of challenging speculation sci-fi is best at, however, and the best reason to see it is simply because of the creativity of its visuals.

September 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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A potent reminder that not all shorts, even ones as brilliant as Acker's, will necessarily work well as a feature.

January 3, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Darkly beautiful to watch.

July 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Feels unnaturally fleshed out and overthought, dampening the excitement through extensive padding...captivating eye candy, but something of a dramatic spinout.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

If you're gonna be so downbeat, yah gotta be good. This ain't good. Paul Chambers, CNN.

March 27, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
CNNRadio

9 is overall an enjoyable and inventive film.

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

Discovering the truth is good for the soul

March 6, 2010 Full Review Source: JWR

A throwback to the industrial era, the film doesn't feel as important now as it might have then.

January 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Proudly mature -- the movie deals much with individual death as well as doomsday -- so it's a welcome work, something we might even dare to call American-style anime.

January 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

This movie is what would happen if the folks at Pixar were manic depressives . . .

January 4, 2010
fantastiqueZINE

I think if I were not diligently taking notes for this very review I might have folded laundry or something to pass the time... It's a beautiful movie to look at and a clumsy story with a weird ending.

December 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinerina | Comments (2)

Totally lacking in character development. It is like seeing a love story involving toasters.

December 21, 2009 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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There is a lot that is interesting to see in the world created by Shane Acker but not enough to make the feature film satisfying.

December 21, 2009 Full Review
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Watch it for the visuals, and dream about what Shane Acker might accomplish with a better screenplay.

December 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

If ever there was a greater pity that a film wasn't exhibited in 3-D, I wouldn't know it. Acker's fluid direction and striking visual style would seem to welcome such an embellishment.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical | Comments (2)
Cinematical

Substance abuse might improve the experience, but alas, 9 unto itself is only half-baked.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

The characters are sketchy and the story makes little sense.

December 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Well-designed but formulaic survival tale.

December 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The interplay between characters is often electric and fans of the film will definitely find a character they can root for in the mix...

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Grown from a superb 10-minute animation, this feature length version runs out of steam despite its stunning visual design.

December 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Screenwize
Screenwize

Gorgeously animated, beautifully executed and incredibly imaginative, Shane Acker's 9 manages to nonetheless feel a little bit like something you've seen before.

December 9, 2009 Full Review Source: smh.com.au
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Audience Reviews for 9

Stylish and mysterious, it is probably best to remember that 9 is set in a fantasy world and that it's not necessarily necessary that everything should be explained to the nth degree as frustrating as that may first be. I was quite happy to just get lost in it, much like a computer game I suppose which it kind of reminded me of. The animation is great, as is the style. It's original, I can't think of anything out there like it but I think the schmaltzy ending could have been better. The voice cast was good but certain actors I felt were a little underused.
April 5, 2013
SirPant

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Based on the similarly themed animated short film this dark and visually stunning adventure follows a number of puppet-like creatures that seem to be all that's left with a soul in a post-apocalyptic world, where the machines dominate. The lovable main characters, that show more expressions just through their eyes than some actors with their entire faces wander through gloomy landscapes and ruins fighting fantastic and terrifying opponents. That may not be much of a story, especially the final solution falls a bit short, but is very entertaining, enthralling and visually most impressive. Especially the original and fun action sequence have you sit on the edge of your seat. I certainly would not mind revisit this world, especially with the small ray of hope the ending has in store, for further adventures with the likable fellows. Younger kids should probably stay away from the film, considering the dark atmosphere and menacing attacks. Still, highly recommended for being different and very unusual.
January 3, 2013
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

the forces of intolerance are at havoc yet again, and so a hero will rise. is it the guy who thinks if you hide then mr. bad man will go away? what about the guy who thinks more muscle is the answer? or the hottie who wants to face evil all by herself cause nobody's man enuff? like so many films nowadays, here's another visual eyeful, creative and stunning, but the story could use a little pep, yah? a nice one nonetheless.
September 2, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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    1. #6: Go back to the source!
    – Submitted by Nunya B (15 months ago)
    1. #1: Sometimes fear...is the appropriate response.
    – Submitted by Nunya B (15 months ago)
    1. #9: I was right! You did send him out to die!
    2. #1: He was old! He was weak!
    3. #5: *gasp*
    4. #1: Sometimes one must be sacrificed for the good of many.
    5. #7: You coward!
    – Submitted by S.R. H (18 months ago)
    1. #1: They left us nothing. Nothing. Why do we have to right their wrongs?
    – Submitted by Melaina D (2 years ago)
    1. #5: Actually, I don't mind having one eye. It's easier for me. It allows me to concentrate on just one thing at a time, you know?
    – Submitted by Melaina D (2 years ago)
    1. #2: Some things in this world are better left where they lie. But if you know where to look, these ruins are full of riches.
    – Submitted by Melaina D (2 years ago)
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