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Nine (2009)



Critic 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.

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and smoking)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Tolkin, Anthony Minghella
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 4, 2010
Box Office: $19.6M
The Weinstein Co. - Official Site


Marion Cotillard
as Luisa Contini
Daniel Day-Lewis
as Guido Contini
Kate Hudson
as Stephanie
as Saraghina
Elio Germano
as Pierpaolo
Martina Stella
as Donatella
Roberto Nobile
as Jaconelli
Roberto Citran
as Doctor Rondi
Enzo Cilenti
as Leopardi
Giuseppe Spitaleri
as Young Guido
Monica Scattini
as Pensione Matron
Georgia Leonidas
as Matron's Daughter
Mario Vernazza
as Principal
Sandro Dori
as Studio Superintenden...
Francesco De Vito
as Radio Reporter
Remo Remotti
as Cardinal
Giovanni Izzo
as Man With Louisa
Massimiliano Belsito
as Priest on the Beach
Roberto Sbraccia
as Priest on the Beach
Pietro Lais
as Boy on the Beach
Samuele Minotti
as Boy on the Beach
Georgina Leonidas
as Matron's Daughter
Francesco Manuel Pap...
as Boy on the Beach
Pietro Revelli
as Boy on the Beach
Gianluigi Tosti Di V...
as Boy on the Beach
Jake Canuso
as Reporter 4
Vicky Lambert
as Reporter
Mark Bousie
as 'Folies' Pianist
Marco Liotti
as Male Band Singer
Eleonora Scopelliti
as Screen Test Actress ...
Antonio Fiore
as Production Assistant
Ilaria Cavola
as Screen Test Actress ...
Jean Martin
as Film Crew
Joey Pizzi
as Film Crew
Kerry Warn
as Film Crew
Romina Carancini
as Production Assistant
Alessandro Denipoti
as Production Assistant
Erica Gohdes
as Production Assistant
Gianluca Frezzato
as Production Assistant
Paola Zaccari
as Production Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Nine

All Critics (194) | Top Critics (42)

It's an over-the-top, eye-popping musical that doesn't completely satisfy, especially compared to it's original source classic.

Full Review… | July 11, 2015
Film Threat

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

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


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.

Kevin M. Williams

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

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