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9 songs (2005)

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24

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 94
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 71

The unerotic sex scenes quickly become tedious to watch, and the lovers lack the personality necessary to make viewers care about them.

30

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 21

The unerotic sex scenes quickly become tedious to watch, and the lovers lack the personality necessary to make viewers care about them.

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 9,669

My Rating

Movie Info

Matt, a young glaciologist, soars across the vast, silent, icebound immensities of the South Pole as he recalls his love affair with Lisa. They meet at a mobbed rock concert in a vast music hall -- London's Brixton Academy. They are in bed at night's end. Together, over a period of several months, they pursue a mutual sexual passion whose inevitable stages (familiar to anyone who's ever been in love) unfold in counterpoint to nine live-concert songs.

Nov 5, 2005

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All Critics (102) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (71) | DVD (11)

As satisfying viewing experiences go, the film comes up mighty short in terms of story, interesting characters and technical prowess, not to mention a 65-minute running time.

November 1, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Nice folks, fun time, thanks for the peek (I guess), and so what?

October 6, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Five decades after the rest of the world twigged to it, Michael Winterbottom has discovered a connection between sex and rock 'n' roll. Bully for him.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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It is, at its (hard)core, a traditional sex movie with better music and naturalistic situations.

September 9, 2005
Detroit Free Press
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A pointless and pretentious cocktail of sex, rock 'n' roll and glaciology.

September 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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One cannot entirely condemn Winterbottom, because the film is not without its meritorious moments, yet at the same time, 9 Songs doesn't effectively traverse the line of glorified pornography, so much as it narrowly scrapes past it.

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

It has the rough, penciled-in feel of a sketch, flurries of palpable physicality left along the path of a dissolving relationship

September 5, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

"9 Songs" is high-art pornography that doesn't neglect its compulsory gooey payoff scene.

April 15, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Une %u0153uvre pour le moins inhabituelle qui, sans être un exercice de style complètement futile, n'est toutefois pas un film que l'on pourrait qualifier d'essentiel.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Panorama

The most sexually explicit legit feature film to come out of 'merry ole' England from a mainstream director.

December 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Seventy minutes of pneumatic sex without the trappings of characterization, plot or even attempted meaning can be a profoundly long time.

October 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

At least some skin flicks try to add a story to the sex.

October 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

There's not much to take away from 9 Songs unless you're watching it at home... alone... preferably with some lotion.

October 13, 2005
Philadelphia Weekly

Given the graphic sex scenes, it is surprisingly dull. The music isn't great, either, now that we think about it.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Maybe the Nine Songs way -- showing us how they respond to each other in intimate moments and what sort of music moves them -- is a more direct route inside their heads.

September 8, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

In two words, 9 Songs is scenester porn.

September 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

When Kieran O'Brien and Margot Stilley have sex, it's clearly Michael Winterbottom sex.

August 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
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Audience Reviews for 9 songs

Cast: Margo Stilley, Kieran O'Brien, Huw Bunford, Cian Ciaran, Bobby Gillespie ... see more , Dandy Warhols , Alex Kapranos , Bob Hardy , Courtney Taylor-Taylor , Franz Ferdinand , Michael Nyman , Nick McCarthy

Directed by: Michael Winterbottom

Summary: Love blooms between an American student and a British glaciologist in this explicit romance with an underground-rock soundtrack. The film follows Lisa (Margo Stilley) and Matt (Kieran O'Brien) from the time they meet at a concert until Lisa departs for home. Their steamy relationship is set to the songs of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Von Bondies, Elbow, Primal Scream, The Dandy Warhols, Super Furry Animals, Franz Ferdinand and Michael Nyman.

My Thoughts: "There isn't much to say about this film. It's basically porn with some good music here and there. Really not much of a story-line. Waste of time for me. I should have read the reviews before watching this, but being a fan of music I wanted to see what the music was all about in this film. I got more ass and tits, and a bit of dick more then I did the music.. I will pass it along to others, but don't say I didn't warn you.. It's a really bad film."
September 25, 2010
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Who would have thought, a film with shagging and some of my favourite bands in it being a load of old crap! Michael Winterbottom is a good director, what was he thinking? A study of a relationship seen through the context of real sex and are not bound by religious considerations? No. I suspect it was more to do with Winterbottom being able to say 'I was first' and then boasting to his mates down the pub. The whole thing is stagnant and unsexy, even the footage of the Brixton Academy concerts where unexciting, a real let down as I have had quite a few memorable nights there in what is usually an amazing atmosphere
February 9, 2010
SirPant

Super Reviewer

"2 Lovers. 1 Year."

In London, England, love blooms between an American college student, named Lisa, and a British glaciologist, named Matt, where over the next few months in between attending rock concerts, the two lovers have intense sexual encounters.

REVIEW
Two dreary, unattractive heterosexuals with execrable taste in music conduct a sexual relationship over the space of a year. The film is distinguished by its use of real sex for added verisimilitude in the bonking scenes, yet the couple are so abstracted from the world about them that you would be hard-pressed to describe the film as an example of realist cinema. I suppose it may say something about the barren lives of the urban Western middle classes, although what Antarctica has to do with it all bog only knows. Rarely since Deep Throat have human sexual organs looked so unappealing.
January 19, 2010
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