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The Nines Reviews

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Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
August 31, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 8, 2008
August is on solid ground when he's riffing on Stephen King and celebrities, but he's stretching when he tries to be David Lynch, which would require a distinctly different kind of brain damage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
August 31, 2007
A rather aimless and convoluted brain teaser that attempts to transfer the kind of introspective discourse literary device of novels, that is best just left on the page.
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Steph Pomphrey
Little White Lies
November 28, 2007
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Befuddling sci-fi/thriller mix isn't for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 30, 2007
It is beguilingly cuckoo, though as primitive visually as The Twilight Zone - it was shot in 22 days - and about as profound.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
The plot tumbles so far down the rabbit hole it breaks its leg and plunges the audience into the dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
November 29, 2007
This overreaching, Lynch-lite comic drama is the mediocre directorial debut of screenwriter John August ('Charlie's Angels', 'Big Fish') and, if nothing else, demonstrates why some writers should stick to their laptops.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Brent Simon
August 31, 2007
Does not work one's id into a tizzy in the manner that Lynch's Mulholland Drive or Ozon's Swimming Pool, two films that bear loose association, do.
Robert Koehler
Christian Science Monitor
August 30, 2007
So unspeakably bad is screenwriter John August's debut as director, so hilariously unaware is the film of its overweening pretensions that it's tempting to want to deem it a Hollywood writer's fever dream.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 31, 2007
The Nines, which in real life began as a TV project, wavers uncomfortably between satire and dime-store existentialism on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Gene Seymour
August 31, 2007
The cosmic "resolution" that ties the stories together proves less interesting than the stories themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
August 30, 2007
Isn't funny enough to be classified as a comedy, weird enough to attract cult attention, nor spiritual enough to be mind-blowing.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
December 5, 2007
I have no clue whether this is the most religious film of the year, or the most blasphemous film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 54/100
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Andrew O'Hehir
August 29, 2007
The movie never fails to be crisply written and cannily delivered, but it's way too steeped in TV-culture inside jokes for its own good, and August's attempts to suffuse the whole thing with ontological or theological meaning are ultimately pretty dumb.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 30, 2007
In each segment, Reynolds (who gives the movie his all but gets little in return) finds himself haunted in some way by the titular numeral -- a feeling likely to be shared by anyone who spends about that many dollars on a ticket.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 31, 2007
The payoff fizzles, but the buildup is intriguing until it topples under its own weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Dequina
September 5, 2007
All three stories don't congeal into the grand sum profundity that August so clearly is striving to suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 6, 2007
The Nines is the feature-film-directing debut from screenwriter John August, but it feels much more like some Bizarro World collaboration between Jean-Paul Sartre and Charlie Kaufman, and not in a good way, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
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