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9 Reviews

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Shaun Munro
What Culture
January 3, 2012
A potent reminder that not all shorts, even ones as brilliant as Acker's, will necessarily work well as a feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 10, 2009
Acker's originality pretty much ends at his visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 8, 2009
A perfect example of a thin idea stuffed and stuffed with filler until it loses much of its charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 8, 2009
I admire Acker's craftsmanship to the same degree I'm frustrated by what's missing or overstressed here, amid all the rough-textured details and the grim machine-ruled aesthetic.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
September 9, 2009
Much of the action in 9 becomes repetitive, and the storyline takes an odd turn toward the metaphysical in the final act.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine
September 8, 2009
A nagging sense of incompletion haunts 9.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Scott
September 11, 2009
While 9 boasts gorgeous images, it runs out of story all too quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Chambers
March 27, 2010
If you're gonna be so downbeat, yah gotta be good. This ain't good. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
September 8, 2009
What's lost in Acker's showdown between diminutive ragdolls and a soul-eating, scarlet-eyed spider-machine is any hint of grandeur, the overarching sense of something of inestimable value at risk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 18, 2009
It certainly is a valuable introduction to an exciting new talent, but by expanding the film's length, characters and otherworldly environment things are strangely diminished.
Simon Weaving
December 10, 2009
Grown from a superb 10-minute animation, this feature length version runs out of steam despite its stunning visual design.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
September 9, 2009
Rarely has so much imagination been poured into one facet of a film at the expense of another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 10, 2009
Visually stunning and marginally intriguing, but often drags, lacks palpable thrills, and leaves you feeling underwhelmed and unimpressed by the dull story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 9, 2009
Acker is so busy making sure every animated clock and piece of fabric is just right that he loses sight of the need to tell a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
September 9, 2009
9 is a grey and grim thrill ride packed full of kiddie morality lessons and creepy frightenings, as though Steven Spielberg had induced the Brothers Quay to create a summer blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Anton Bitel
October 26, 2009
Pamela Pettler's screenplay sucks out the very soul of Acker's original creations, leaving little behind but a ghost-like shell, pretty to look at, but free from any substance
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
September 7, 2009
Beautifully designed but short on depth or novelty.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
October 30, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
September 8, 2009
One wonders, in fact, if 9 should have stuck with its original short format.
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
September 12, 2009
9 is The Terminator on ritalin. It is loaded with adult themes but really aimed at kids. And %u2014 ironically %u2014 it is the perfect flick for a nine-year old boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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