9 Songs (2005)



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

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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Winterbottom
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 5, 2005
Tartan Films (UK) - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for 9 Songs

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (35)

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
Top Critic

Nice folks, fun time, thanks for the peek (I guess), and so what?

October 6, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It is, at its (hard)core, a traditional sex movie with better music and naturalistic situations.

September 9, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

A pointless and pretentious cocktail of sex, rock 'n' roll and glaciology.

Full Review… | September 8, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Ultimately each move toward breaking a barrier or assaulting a taboo is undercut by a reliance on conformity and convention.

Full Review… | August 27, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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."


Super Reviewer


Well, sort of. This is a tale of a relatively short relationship that plays out against a backdrop of modern British music (the two leads attend concerts together frequently). The film is a part of that teeny cinematic niche of sex films where the actors are clearly doing the actual deeds. Going in with lowered expectations as a result, I was surprised at how good the performances were. And sad, too, since these are the kinds of roles that will really keep the leads from finding work again in mainstream cinema.

It's not the deepest film, but it achieved a level of emotional and physical honesty.

And yeah, REALLY EXPLICIT. Really. Yes, THAT explicit.

Steve K

Super Reviewer


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

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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