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$9.99 Reviews

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October 29, 2010
After the smooth finish of Mary and Max earlier this year, $9.99 can't match up with its similar dark themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 24, 2009
It isn't always clear if the animation is integral to the movie or merely a way of sprucing up its more familiar tales of melancholy and yearning.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Foster
August 9, 2010
There is so much to admire about the skill involved in the stop-motion craft, but all films, regardless of their devices, rise or fall on their story, which is abstract and unengaging in $9.99.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 16, 2009
I'm kind of getting tired of these "grown up" cartoons like WALTZ WITH BASHIR and PERSEPOLIS. To me, they kind of seem more focused on the gimmicks than the actual story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 19, 2009
This often haunting stop-motion Claymation movie ultimately suffers from what bedevils many live-action movies culled from short stories: a herky-jerky plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
June 26, 2009
Unless you're a fan of Keret's, you likely won't get much out of this odd, R-rated trifle.
Frederica Mathewes-Green
Christianity Today
June 24, 2009
I was intrigued to learn what the filmmakers think the meaning of life is, but the movie merely dances and alludes without coming right down to anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
June 12, 2009
Intriguing as a flawed experiment in animation, "nine dollars ninety-nine" suffers from a lack of thematic continuity that leaves the audience wanting both more and less--more story and less metaphor.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Stan Hall
July 31, 2009
The story, though, rarely engrosses as it poses the old 'meaning of life' query, then dances around the subject.
Dan Fainaru
Screen International
December 16, 2009
Like most episode pieces, Rosenthal and Keret seem to have chosen the easy way out by not taking the trouble to develop any of the ideas beyond the basic anecdote.
Michael Black
July 15, 2009
A bit boring and too long
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
December 12, 2008
Like most films that crisscross among a handful of city dwellers to mull contemporary ennui, $9.99 is less than the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Eddie Cockrell
December 16, 2009
A deliberately coarse character style that's more Gumby than Gromit.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
September 4, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
September 4, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ed Gibbs
Empire Magazine Australasia
September 13, 2009
Playful, light-hearted and fun, with an impressive cast of Aussie stars and some fine stop-motion animation. As it stands, at 74 minutes, it's not quite as smart (or rewarding) as one would hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 11, 2008
The stop-motion animated puppets in Tatia Rosenthal's beguiling first feature look like clay-mated slabs of glazed meat, at once unreal and hyper-real.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
$9.99 is consistently amusing but rarely laugh-out-loud funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
June 19, 2009
Stop-action animation of painted sculptures creates beautiful, full-bodied characters with bemused sophistication and tender charm, where the odd becomes sweetly normal.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
September 16, 2009
Think Robert Altman's Short Cuts with clay characters as engaging as human actors, and you might get a sense of what you'll experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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