Nine (2009)

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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.

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
Runtime:
The Weinstein Co. - Official Site

Cast


as Luisa Contini

as Guido Contini

as Stephanie

as Saraghina

as Pierpaolo

as Donatella

as Jaconelli

as Doctor Rondi

as Leopardi

as Young Guido

as Pensione Matron

as Matron's Daughter

as Principal

as Studio Superintenden...

as Radio Reporter

as Cardinal

as Man With Louisa

as Priest on the Beach

as Priest on the Beach

as Boy on the Beach

as Boy on the Beach

as Matron's Daughter

as Boy on the Beach

as Boy on the Beach

as Boy on the Beach

as Reporter 4

as Reporter

as 'Folies' Pianist

as Male Band Singer

as Screen Test Actress ...

as Production Assistant

as Screen Test Actress ...

as Film Crew

as Film Crew

as Film Crew

as Production Assistant

as Production Assistant

as Production Assistant

as Production Assistant

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
Examiner.com

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
Needcoffee.com

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.

aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

½

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.

ApeneckFletcher
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.

MrMarakai
Mark Walker

Super Reviewer

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