9 Songs Reviews

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Leslie Felperin
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Time Out
November 16, 2011
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
November 1, 2005
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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 6, 2005
Nice folks, fun time, thanks for the peek (I guess), and so what?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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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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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 10, 2005
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 9, 2005
It is, at its (hard)core, a traditional sex movie with better music and naturalistic situations.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 8, 2005
A pointless and pretentious cocktail of sex, rock 'n' roll and glaciology.
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
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
August 26, 2005
An expertly blended mix of live music and real sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
August 26, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 25, 2005
If you're a fan of the 'now' bands on the soundtrack or an art film buff (or a dirty old man), 9 Songs may appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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
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Dallas Morning News
August 20, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 19, 2005
It looks like what most young adults go through in the spirit of trust and limitlessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 19, 2005
Witnessing so much heavy breathing with little meaning, we feel like Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate when he asks bored bedmate Ann Bancroft if they can have a conversation first.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 19, 2005
The movie's like a mix tape that alternates the same two songs; it's ultimately too dull to be an outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 12, 2005
9 Songs succeeds as an experiment in one regard, ultimately proving that sex and drugs just aren't as cinematic as good old rock-and-roll.
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Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle
August 12, 2005
This disappointing new film from director Michael Winterbottom suffers from a similar malaise: It's poetic and pretty, strives for profundity without attaining it, and finally ends up saying nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 11, 2005
Never did sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll seem more shopworn and routine.
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July 28, 2005
It's stupefyingly dull, even with good music and at the short but resonant length of 69 minutes.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 28, 2005
Neither lurid nor especially compelling.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 28, 2005
Yet for all its ballyhooed candor about sexual matters, it's a surprisingly baffling and opaque film, too artistic to be standard pornography and too zealously focused on being graphic to the exclusion of all else to succeed as drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 27, 2005
There's no greater point to this footage, no connection to the characters or the theme; just top bands playing great songs. It looks like a collection of music videos, just as the rest of the film looks like a connection of porn loops.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 25, 2005
This is an awkward stumble for Winterbottom.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 22, 2005
The fun and pleasure of sex are relatively easy to put on film. But subtler shades of feeling and doubt, which sometimes change almost from night to night in the early stages of a relationship, are harder to capture, and that's what Winterbottom gets.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 22, 2005
Using solely explicit sex to tell a story is something new for a non-triple-X project, but it's not always a pretty sight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 22, 2005
You leave the theater feeling as if you're a part of their sweaty, dizzying affair.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 22, 2005
Michael Winterbottom's film is a lyrical, graphically explicit chronicle of an ordinary love affair between two attractive people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 21, 2005
9 Songs is one of those vaguely forged ideas that never stops being vague.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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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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Derek Elley
Variety
March 26, 2005
A touching, often poetic, sometimes achingly real snapshot of a brief encounter related almost entirely through the bedroom.