9 Songs Reviews

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Shaun Munro
What Culture
January 3, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 24, 2005
It's as full of explicit, real sex as any porn film, but it's as tedious and ponderous and poorly lit as your average, boring art movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 24, 2005
I don't want to say that the film is a sham, although I suspect that it may be...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 25, 2005
As an idea, the film is fascinating, but as an experience it grows tedious; the concerts lack closeups, the sex lacks context, and Antarctica could use a few penguins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 13, 2005
At least some skin flicks try to add a story to the sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
August 1, 2005
Releasing a film about sex in an age of pornography is akin to opening a four-star restaurant down the street from a McDonald's.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
July 21, 2005
may really just have been about screwing around, both physically and artistically - otherwise, would it really have been necessary to make the running time exactly 69 minutes?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 12, 2005
The story of two boring people who go to a lot of rock concerts and who, when they are not at rock concerts, have a lot of sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 9, 2004
Sex, ice, and rock and roll repeat over and over in this short but still very slow story of an doomed and very sexual romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 15, 2009
"9 Songs" is high-art pornography that doesn't neglect its compulsory gooey payoff scene.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 23, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 27, 2005
Ultimately each move toward breaking a barrier or assaulting a taboo is undercut by a reliance on conformity and convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 11, 2005
I've seen better porn movies and worse rock 'n' roll movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
August 29, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
March 6, 2005
Winterbottom's unrestrained desire to push the envelope shrouds what beauty there is in the message he's delivering.
Full Review | Original Score: 45/100
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 11, 2004
Absolutely nothing is made of the characters or their relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 18, 2005
it's really about the absence of emotional intimacy, which is telling but hardly compelling...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 16, 2005
The most sexually explicit legit feature film to come out of 'merry ole' England from a mainstream director.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 19, 2005
Love it or not, 9 Songs amounts to a common human rite fastidiously caught in amber, giving off no heat or joy but crystallized for the future.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 20, 2005
The filmmaker has said he wants 9 Songs to be drama about real sex that's not erotic. As if an admission of erotic intent somehow cheapens the aesthetics. And so a viewer's question might reasonably be, Who are ya kidding?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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