A potent reminder that not all shorts, even ones as brilliant as Acker's, will necessarily work well as a feature.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Darkly beautiful to watch.
| Original Score: 4/5
Feels unnaturally fleshed out and overthought, dampening the excitement through extensive padding...captivating eye candy, but something of a dramatic spinout.
| Original Score: C
If you're gonna be so downbeat, yah gotta be good. This ain't good. Paul Chambers, CNN.
| Original Score: D+
9 is overall an enjoyable and inventive film.
| Original Score: 3/5
Discovering the truth is good for the soul
A throwback to the industrial era, the film doesn't feel as important now as it might have then.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 7/10
This movie is what would happen if the folks at Pixar were manic depressives . . .
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Totally lacking in character development. It is like seeing a love story involving toasters.
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.
| Original Score: 6/10
Watch it for the visuals, and dream about what Shane Acker might accomplish with a better screenplay.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Substance abuse might improve the experience, but alas, 9 unto itself is only half-baked.
| Original Score: B-
The characters are sketchy and the story makes little sense.
| Original Score: B
Well-designed but formulaic survival tale.
| Original Score: C+
The interplay between characters is often electric and fans of the film will definitely find a character they can root for in the mix...
Grown from a superb 10-minute animation, this feature length version runs out of steam despite its stunning visual design.
Gorgeously animated, beautifully executed and incredibly imaginative, Shane Acker's 9 manages to nonetheless feel a little bit like something you've seen before.