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9 songs Reviews

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Shaun Munro
What Culture

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.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

January 3, 2012
Fernando F. Croce

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

Full Review Source: CinePassion

September 5, 2009
Cole Smithey

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

April 15, 2009

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.

Full Review Source: Panorama | Original Score: 5/10

August 26, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

December 16, 2005
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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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
Shawn Levy

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

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: D+

October 14, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 13, 2005
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

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

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 6, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

September 23, 2005
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

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

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2/5

September 23, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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It is, at its (hard)core, a traditional sex movie with better music and naturalistic situations.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A pointless and pretentious cocktail of sex, rock 'n' roll and glaciology.

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

September 8, 2005
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle

In two words, 9 Songs is scenester porn.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 4, 2005
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

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

Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus | Original Score: C+

August 31, 2005
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Ultimately each move toward breaking a barrier or assaulting a taboo is undercut by a reliance on conformity and convention.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

August 27, 2005
Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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An expertly blended mix of live music and real sex.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 26, 2005
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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9 Songs is an experiment few serious filmmakers will want to replicate, and most of the people involved will want to forget as quickly as possible.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 1/4

August 26, 2005
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