9 (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

9 (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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, emerges to display leadership qualities that may help them survive and possibly even thrive. It is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like himself taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they'll soon come to learn, the very future of civilization may depend on them.more
Rating: PG-13 (for violence and scary images)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Animation, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Pamela Pettler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 29, 2009
Box Office: $31.7M
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Fred Tatasciore
as #8/Radio Announcer
Tom Kane
as Dictator
Helen Wilson
as Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for 9

All Critics (181) | Top Critics (38)

The new version stays so true to the original you could describe it as a feature-length short-which is not the most staggering accomplishment.

Full Review… | October 20, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

A potent reminder that not all shorts, even ones as brilliant as Acker's, will necessarily work well as a feature.

Full Review… | January 3, 2012
What Culture

Darkly beautiful to watch.

Full Review… | July 28, 2011

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

Full Review… | June 2, 2010

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

Full Review… | March 27, 2010

9 is overall an enjoyable and inventive film.

Full Review… | March 18, 2010
Cinema Autopsy

Audience Reviews for 9


Interesting take on the dark apocalyptic future world genre.

The movie is excellent. Well done. Great voice talents and amazing attention to detail by Shane Acker.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

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.

Jens S.

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


#6: Go back to the source!
– Submitted by Nunya B (3 years ago)
#1: Sometimes fear...is the appropriate response.
– Submitted by Nunya B (3 years ago)
#9: I was right! You did send him out to die!
#1: He was old! He was weak!
#5: *gasp*
#1: Sometimes one must be sacrificed for the good of many.
#7: You coward!
– Submitted by S.R. H (3 years ago)
#1: They left us nothing. Nothing. Why do we have to right their wrongs?
– Submitted by Melaina D (4 years ago)

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