The Nine Muses Reviews

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Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 22, 2012
A handsome, restful, thought-provoking film.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
January 20, 2012
It's as if Akomfrah is trying to make mythological connections and undo or deny them at the same time - an alienating and misguided strategy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 19, 2012
Engaging and pregnant with ideas, although some of the juxtapositions work better than others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 19, 2012
Much of this is majestic. But a thought kept fidgeting in my head. Do we need quite so many dead white males singing the tragedies and trials of the black experience?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
January 17, 2012
Spoken word, music and imagery come together to create moments of transcendent beauty. Wise and rather wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 17, 2012
A fragmented but highly engrossing cinepoem on the related subjects of migration and exile, isolation and memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 12, 2012
More like a cinematic poem or art installation than a movie, this swirly collection of imagery - some new, some found - loosely traces the nine muses from Greek mythology. And it's for adventurous filmgoers only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
January 9, 2012
It's a demanding, high-brow watch, yet ably conveys the rootlessness and dislocation of the immigrant experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Paul Brunick
New York Times
October 5, 2011
Themes don't develop so much as they endlessly repeat, nor do they gain much through extended duration. It fails to engage either the intellect or the senses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
October 4, 2011
The result is not without beauty, though at a certain point, one begins to notice that each new muse rather resembles the previous, a uniformity that restrains the film from true symphonic swell.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
October 4, 2011
The Nine Muses could've been a bravura and rigorous display of erudition and editorial showmanship that's all structure and portent, but this film, which Akomfrah has said he's wanted to make for 20 years, has an obsessive power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Adams
Screen International
February 10, 2011
[A] beautiful and beguiling film.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2011
Nine Muses is clearly the work of a talented filmmaker, and there are many moments to beguile the ears as well as the eyes. Yet it's a long slog through a few thousand years of myth and history, and most viewers are likely to grow impatient.

Empire Magazine
January 20, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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New York Times
October 7, 2011
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