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Nine (2009)


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 195
Fresh: 72
Rotten: 123

Critics Consensus: It has a game, great-looking cast, led by the always worthwhile Daniel Day-Lewis, but Rob Marshall's Nine is chaotic and curiously distant.

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 30

Critics Consensus: It has a game, great-looking cast, led by the always worthwhile Daniel Day-Lewis, but Rob Marshall's Nine is chaotic and curiously distant.


Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 109,209


Movie Info

"Nine" is a vibrant and provocative musical that follows the life of world famous film director Guido Contini as he reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing the numerous women in his life including his wife, his mistress, his film star muse, his confidant and costume designer, an American fashion journalist, the whore from his youth and his mother.

PG-13 (for sexual content and smoking)
Drama , Romance , Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By:
Anthony Minghella
In Theaters:
May 4, 2010
Box Office:
The Weinstein Co. - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Nine

All Critics (195) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (123) | DVD (3)

Nine is, if not a grand work, terrifically tasty eye and ear candy. Two numbers -- from somewhat unexpected quarters -- are worth the price of admission alone.

Full Review… | December 28, 2009
Denver Post
Top Critic

Nine should have been called 4 1/2 because it doesn't come close to the work of the master who inspired it.

Full Review… | December 28, 2009
USA Today
Top Critic

The film suffers from the simple fact that its songs aren't memorable.

Full Review… | December 28, 2009
Detroit News
Top Critic

It's a movie about a musical about a movie about a man's inner life -- surely we can eliminate some of the middle men.

Full Review… | December 28, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There's a lot of high-powered star wattage in Nine, but it never generates much heat.

Full Review… | December 26, 2009
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

A half-dozen Oscar winners shine in this slick but satisfying musical.

Full Review… | December 25, 2009
Top Critic

Largely, the numbers just sit on top of the dramatic action, adding little to our understanding of the characters and seldom contributing to the advancement of the story.

Full Review… | September 24, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

What we get is a film that is close in story to Fellini's film, but which needed more time for its actresses and better music to make it all worthwhile.

Full Review… | September 24, 2012

Day-Lewis, over-egging the angst as well as the Eye-talian accent, is charmless and insufferable. But the person you really want to slap is Marshall, whose brash directing style simply doesn't suit Nine's more whimsical charms.

Full Review… | July 30, 2012
Movie Talk

It has a lot to gnaw on, but it's worth gnawing on.

Full Review… | March 11, 2011

Sensual musical about love and art has mature themes.

Full Review… | December 31, 2010
Common Sense Media

While Marshall's Nine may be a bit of cheeky fun, it features little worth recommending it over Fellini's [8 1/2]. It's not so much a 'cover song' as it is a 'dance remix'.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

Nine is a searing, carthartic dissection of the creative process; as much as it celebrates the trappings accumulated by those who succeed, it is also an engrossing examination of the deeply-troubled mindset that gets them there.

Full Review… | August 9, 2010

While film allows limitless opportunities to 'open up' a work that originated on the legit stage, Marshall seems intent on making the material feel even more stagebound on the big screen.

Full Review… | May 16, 2010

Comes across as a very unimaginative re-working, a shallow interpretation.

Full Review… | May 12, 2010
Window to the Movies

Its Broadway brass tunes and mostly non-Italian cast makes Nine feel as Italian as a cold slice of Sbarro pizza.

Full Review… | May 11, 2010
EDGE Boston

[Director Robert] Marshall and screenwriters Michael Tolkin and Anthony Minghella can only muster a ridiculous American fantasy of Italian culture and la dolce vita.

Full Review… | May 4, 2010

An uneven arrangement of musical numbers surrounding a stage-to-screen adaptation that was a screen-to-stage adaptation in the first place.

Full Review… | April 2, 2010
Cinema Sight

Nine combines a dream cast with a dreamy script and score for a thoughtful and enjoyable musical about art, life and love.

Full Review… | March 25, 2010
Moving Pictures Magazine

Un musical desparejo, de gran despliegue visual, con algunos pasajes olvidables y otros muy bien logrados. Lo mejor es el elenco (en especial Daniel Day-Lewis y Marion Cotillard) y el recuerdo del maestro Federico Fellini, en quien se inspira.

March 24, 2010
Uruguay Total

Fellini is lucky that he didn't live long enough to see this.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
Philadelphia Weekly

Daniel Day-Lewis' miscasting throws the entire movie off kilter and one is left to contemplate the holes in the material.

Full Review… | February 8, 2010
Windy City Times

Bra%u0107i Weinstein vi%u0161e ne polazi za rukom povratiti "oskarovsku slavu", Devet je inferioran njihovom velikom uspjehu - Chicagu

Full Review… | February 6, 2010

Nine doesn't remake Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 so much as it pillages the classic film for the purposes of Broadway vamping.

Full Review… | January 31, 2010
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The lasting impression of Rob Marshall's musical Nine is almost... but not quite.

Full Review… | January 31, 2010

The musical numbers are delightful but what surrounds them drains the energy provided by those musical moments.

Full Review… | January 27, 2010
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for Nine

My first viewing was eccelente, but the second viewing felt a bit stagnant. I was really psyched by the trailer, but since I abhor both "8 1/2" and "Chicago" (also helmed by Rob Marshall) and since critics were saying it's a mess, I came into this movie prepared to dislike it. It's messy in places, but the match cut transitions from scene to stage work better here than in "Chicago." The music is lively, and the virtuoso cast deliver virtuoso performances.

Fergie may be a pop star, but make no mistake, she can belt. "Be Italian" is the best singing performance of the film - such drama and yearning. Marion Cotillard gives perhaps the best acting performance. "My Husband Makes Movies" is heartbreaking, and "Take It All" is kinky in a very tragic way. I rather like Kate Hudson's "Cinema Italiano" even though her character is merely a bouffanted yes-woman in the movie unlike in the stage show.

I'm surprised that Penelope Cruz was nominated for a GG though. She's quite sexy and tortured in her non-musical scenes, but her singing voice is a little thin, and she doesn't extend her limbs fully when she dances. Nevertheless, kudos for getting by on pure moxie cuz that's what you really need if you haven't got the pipes or the gams.

Daniel Day-Lewis is serviceable and charismatic, and Judy Dench is certainly a saucy dame. She speaks through a lot of "Folies Bergere," but it works. Nicole Kidman and Sophia Loren are underused, but they're still beautiful and iconic, respectively.

Overall, a brilliant spectacle with a surprisingly moody script that captures much of its source material's existential angst.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


The one outstanding flaw held by the film is that the plot is intriguing, but it barely takes off once established. It's a bit ironic that a film about a man suffering from writer's block has a pretty slight plot. The film is about style, not plot, and that is established within the first fifteen minutes or so. It works out perfectly in its technical work. What makes the film so intoxicating is its stunning visuals, filled with dazzling costume design, choreography, and cinematography. When combined with the wonderful soundtrack, the numbers easily become the most exhilarating points the picture has to offer. The most memorable scene, by a longshot, is "Be Italian", which puts the visuals and music to the absolute best effort.

NINE is a very intriguing film. It's a film that draws the viewer in to its realm of beauty and doesn't dare to let go until the very end. I've stated several times that I'm not very much a fan of musicals or their adaptations. I have several reasons that I won't try to waste time mentioning. But something about CHICAGO director Rob Marshall's unique filmmaking made this film an incredibly enjoyable, entirely watchable experience.

Be Italian and finish the review at

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer


A famous Italian director (rhymes with Fellini) is stuck for ideas for his next expected blockbuster and along the way he's gotta figure out where his charmed life went wrong. But just because you want to do a meaningful musical though doesn't necessarily guarantee results, even with Rob Marshall directing. On the other hand, you can get smashing performances from some of Hollywood's leading (if not famous for musical) ladies. Penelope Cruz (!), Dame Judi Dench (!), and Kate Hudson (!), not known for being hoofers, particularly crank this mother up.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

Sometimes you need to weigh up your options. Either you go by the director (who happens to have made one of the worst and most overrated films ever with "Chicago") or you go by the actor (who has delivered consistantly memorable performances in his career with "My Left Foot", "Gangs of New York" and "There Will Be Blood"). In this case I went with the actor but that still didn't save a poor director, poorly plying his trade.
1960s Italy. Once-celebrated film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) struggles with his unwritten script for his comeback film. Looking for inspiration, he turns to his mistress (Penelope Cruz), his wife (Marion Cotillard), his muse (Nicole Kidman), his confidante (Judi Dench) and his childhood memories to solve his crisis, with unsuccessful yet well-sung results.
I really wanted to like this film as I'm a big fan of Daniel Day-Lewis and the impressive cast of females has rarely, if ever, been bettered. However, I'm not big on musicals or director Rob Marshall for that matter. Thankfully, this is not quite as bad as Marshall's overrated stinker "Chicago", but it isn't much better either. Day-Lewis was my main reason for attempting this and considering he's quite fastidious in his choices, I thought I'd follow his lead on this one. I was wrong and so was he in choosing this meandering borefest. The look of the film is gorgeous, as expected, with fabulous production design and cinematography and the ladies (oh the ladies) look amazing and deliver their song and dance numbers competently. Having Judi Dench in a corset was just a tad too much for my liking though. It was around this point in the movie that I realised this thinly veiled attempt at recreating a muscial of Frederico Fellini's "8 1/2" was a great waste of talent.
A lush and extravagant musical that has style in abundance. Substance is what it lacks though, leaving a great cast struggling to save it from tedium. Suited to fans of the genre only.

Mark Walker

Super Reviewer

Nine Quotes

Guido Contini:
...What happened?
Luisa Contini:
You open your mouth and a lie comes out
Guido Contini:
What lie?
Luisa Contini:
Why am I surprised? It's like breathing to you!
– Submitted by Dillon C (2 years ago)
Luisa Contini:
You're just an appetite. And if you stop being greedy you die. You take everything. And I'm empty!
– Submitted by Dillon C (2 years ago)
Directing a movie is a very overrated job, we all know it. You just have to say yes or no. What else do you do? Nothing. "Maestro, should this be red?" Yes. "Green?" No. "More extras?" Yes. "More lipstick?" No. Yes. No. Yes. No. That's directing.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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