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9 Reviews

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

October 30, 2009
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 11, 2009
Dana Stevens
Slate
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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...

Full Review Source: Slate

September 10, 2009
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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[Its] splendid visuals are dragged down by a tedious story.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 10, 2009
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The expanded cast of creatures looks great, dressed and animated in the homespun style Acker calls ''stitchpunk.''

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 9, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The post-apocalyptic adventure 9 adds up to everything except an obvious audience.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2009
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Acker, whose gifts for mood, design, and character design are impressive enough to have attracted Tim Burton as a producer, is more of an artist than a storyteller.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 9, 2009
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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It signals the arrival of Shane Acker as an audacious new talent to watch.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2009
Tom Long
Detroit News
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9 is a captivating film with much to say about the human spirit -- even if humans are nowhere to be found.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

September 9, 2009
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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It's a perfectly functional, fairly scary kids' film, with plenty of craft and creativity to keep adults occupied. But with a story as sophisticated as its visuals, it could have been much more.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

September 9, 2009
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Save the voice work, which is celebrity-heavy and mostly undistinguished, 9 is a marvel to take in, especially the individual character designs.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

September 9, 2009
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Acker has created a fitful combination of beautiful, dreamlike images that never knit together forcefully enough to seem individual or convincing.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 8, 2009
Scott Foundas
Village Voice
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The result is never as gripping in narrative terms -- a well-worn litany of dystopian-future chestnuts -- as it is visually, but Acker keeps things moving briskly for the movie's 70-odd minutes.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 8, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It's too bad the thin story didn't match the stylishly haunting visuals.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

September 8, 2009
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Exquisite visuals aside, 9 plays like a sock monkey version of Doom.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

September 8, 2009
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Fans of sophisticated, adult-oriented animation may savor Acker's elaborate visuals. Younger children, however, might wonder why they sat through all the terror.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 8, 2009
Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
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One wonders, in fact, if 9 should have stuck with its original short format.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 8, 2009
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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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 Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

September 8, 2009
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Acker isn't taking us over the rainbow, but he has brought us someplace daring and new, and he makes you anxious to see what other destinations he has in mind.

September 8, 2009
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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It would be a shame if the most exciting and thoughtful CGI action movie of the year didn't find an audience because the film's heroes fail to pass the suspiciously high superhero-fitness test.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2009
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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While children still watching Tigger videos should stay away, older kids will enjoy the bloodless action and awesomeness infused into nearly every frame.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2009
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Acker's strange little critters turn out to be oddly endearing, even if you get the feeling this battle has been fought before.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 8, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A perfect example of a thin idea stuffed and stuffed with filler until it loses much of its charm.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

September 8, 2009
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Comparing this to the summer's biggest, most bloated movie about malevolent robots, 9 is about twice as enjoyable with half the length.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Character development is virtually nonexistent, and the action is so repetitive that 9 comes across as unworthy of its visual splendor.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

September 8, 2009
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's too scary for small kids and, frankly, too dreary for everyone else. The most intriguing question it asks is what Acker will do next.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 8, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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What I loved about 9 is how much evident care its makers have put into it.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 8, 2009
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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9 reaches the tedium threshold quite quickly.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

September 8, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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As a late-summer treat for adults with a childlike sense of wonder -- or older children with a grown-up sense of adventure -- 9 is a definite 8 out of 10.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2009
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune

September 8, 2009
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Every effort to expand the range of feature-length animation beyond the confines of cautious family fare is to be welcomed, and budding techno and fantasy geeks are likely to be intrigued and enthralled.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 8, 2009
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Here's the strangest thing of all: it works.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

September 7, 2009
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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For all the Saturday-matinee heroics, the movie is dreary and monotonous, the vision junky in more ways than one.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 7, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

August 18, 2009
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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In the end, the picture's impact derives mostly from its design and assured execution.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 18, 2009
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