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Nine Lives Reviews

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David Germain
Associated Press
October 1, 2007
The stories are sketches, often without resolution, and while individual segments succeed admirably, taken together the portraits are a fitful match.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
December 31, 2005
If only every women's movie had Nine Lives' fire, intelligence, and conviction, they wouldn't have such a shaky reputation in the first place.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 31, 2005
Some parts are stronger than others, but as a fleshed-out artistic vision, Nine Lives works remarkably well.
| Original Score: B+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 2, 2005
Nine Lives is an elegant film of quick, tour-de-force acting turns, a simple actor's gesture that tells you more than four pages of dialogue, a movie that demands concentration but that rewards the viewer willing to pay attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 4, 2005
[Garcia] leaves you thinking deeply about these people. And leaves you wanting more.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 4, 2005
Composed of nine short films, each starring some of the best female actors working, though many of them aren't working enough.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 3, 2005
The moments that Garcia has chosen to observe are unforgettable, the women -- played by an ensemble of actresses at the top of their respective games -- indelible.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 2, 2005
What's the point? If I wanted to spend 12 minutes watching someone pushing a cart around a grocery store, I'd go to the local A&P, not sit in a movie theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 29, 2005
A disturbingly frank look at people and relationships in contemporary Los Angeles and a thrilling dramatic showcase for a brilliant cast.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 28, 2005
As delicately and precisely constructed as a spider's web, Nine Lives is a quiet triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 28, 2005
It feels like real life, in nine acts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
October 28, 2005
The cast steps up, embracing the chance to exercise acting chops normally limited to live theater. Most do so resoundingly, but two stand out: Robin Wright Penn and Jason Isaacs.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 28, 2005
In looking at the lives of nine very different women, Garcia often seems to be closing in on something essential, small suggestive moments that attempt to resonate with meaning. Some do. Some don't.
| Original Score: B-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 28, 2005
Not all of Nine Lives clicks, but at its best it finds an inarticulate sisterly solace that makes you want to see what this director could do with one life per film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 27, 2005
The greatest short story writers, like William Trevor and Alice Munro, can awe us; their stories are short but not small. Here Rodrigo Garcia does the same thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 27, 2005
The cumulative effect of the rigorously controlled and purposive camera style adds up in the end to a collective portrait of womankind that is greater than the sum of its parts.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 24, 2005
I thought this was a great film.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 14, 2005
A sophisticated, elegant-looking film shot in distinctive, wide-ranging L.A. locales, but its real terrain is the human heart, explored with compassion and respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 14, 2005
A fascinating series of vignettes.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 14, 2005
For a film centered on connection and continuity, Nine Lives is curiously erratic.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 14, 2005
The bad stories waste your time, and the good ones leave you unsatisfied.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 13, 2005
An extraordinarily rich and satisfying suite of fleeting but intense moments in the lives of nine women.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 12, 2005
Although each character holds the spotlight only briefly, she arrives as if with a life already in progress, and it's easy to believe that she'll keep busy even after the credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
October 11, 2005
The short-story glimpses aim for Carver-esque pang, though the script could have used some Lorrie Moore bite.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
September 10, 2005
Though the episodic structure results in a whole not quite equal to some of its parts, pic is an unusually tender, perceptive character study buoyed by stellar performances from a who's who of talented (and many underused) actresses.