9

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Although its story is perhaps too familiar and less complex than some might wish, 9 is visually spectacular, and director Shane Acker's attention to detail succeeds in drawing viewers into the film's universe.

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When 9 (Elijah Wood) springs to life, it finds itself in a post-apocalyptic world where humans no longer exist, and the only signs of life are sentient rag dolls like itself and the machines that hunt them. Though it is the youngest of the group, 9 convinces comrades that the only way to survive against the machines is to stop hiding, go on the offensive, and find out why the machines want to destroy them. As 9 and the group learn, civilization hinges on their success or failure.

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Fred Tatasciore
8, Radio Announcer
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Tom Kane
Dictator
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Alan Oppenheimer
Scientist
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Helen Wilson
Newscaster
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Pamela Pettler
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Nick Kenway
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Danny Elfman
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Deborah Lurie
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Critic Reviews for 9

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (105) | Rotten (79)

  • Gorgeously animated, beautifully executed and incredibly imaginative, Shane Acker's 9 manages to nonetheless feel a little bit like something you've seen before.

    December 9, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Looking like a rag-doll version of Terminator Salvation, the film boasts an arresting visual style.

    December 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This film will surely be remembered as an intriguing failure: a triumph of ambition over ability, of ideas over emotional resonance - just another grim fairy tale for these troubled times.

    October 30, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It looks great, but sadly the screenplay - in particular the stultifying dialogue - simply can't match the visual inventiveness.

    October 30, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

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  • It allegedly lasts 79 minutes. I think it lasted 79 hours, or 79 years, or perhaps 79 times the space of time between the extinction of allosaurus and the rise of Cro-Magnon.

    October 30, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Where it needs emotive magic, it lays on a vague and maudlin religiosity -- we're never quite sure what Acker thinks he's preaching. 9? I'd give it a 6.

    October 30, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 9

  • Apr 10, 2015
    I quite enjoyed it. I'm a bit surprised at the 56/55% ratings from Critics and Flixster users. The ending was a bit odd, but I still liked it.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2014
    Incoherent but incredibly imaginative, 9 is a visionary post-apocalyptic film produced by Tim Burton. Set in a post-war holocaust, nine robotic creatures that have been imbued with pieces of a scientist's soul must come together and stop the machine that destroyed humanity, and is now intent on destroying them. Starring Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, and Christopher Plummer, the voice cast is quite impressive. And the animation is extraordinary, featuring remarkable detail and creative character designs. Also, composer Danny Elfman delivers some emotionally evocative and mood inducing musical themes for the score. Yet while it's a beautiful looking film, 9 is just too bizarre and doesn't really come together in the end.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2014
    Okay...this movie has some really good, emotional high points, but that's about it. Everything else in between them can get kind of boring, while is unfortunately most of the movie. The story could've used more work, and not much really happens, aside from fighting this one robot villain thing the whole time. And ironically, for a movie called 9, the main character 9 doesn't actually do anything good until the end of the movie. In fact, he almost gets everybody killed (and a bunch of his friends do in fact die as a result of his actions). So how can the audience gets behind somebody like this as a protagonist? True, at the end, I guess there's some form of closure, but it's so amazingly vague, the viewer has no idea what actually happened. Is the earth safe? Will things grow back? Are the machines really gone? Are all the humans dead or are some still alive? None of these questions are answered in this 70 minute film (which obviously could've been longer and answered more questions), which left me pretty annoyed at the film's end.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    I'm a sucker for the post-apocalyptic. If you could call it a genre, it would be my second favourite. So an animated one starring Elijah Wood seemed worth looking into. 9 sees the eponymous ragdoll-come-hero set against a world bereft of all humanity, hunted by mechanical terrors. In a not entirely un-Tim Burton way, 9 straddles the line between children's movie and horror. Though not a humorous film, the dolls are cute, the premise is kindhearted and the adventure is youthful. 9 is Director Shane Acker's first and only feature, and to some extent this inexperience does show. The film is adorable and even intermittently enthralling, but plot holes abound and the whole thing feels overly, unnecessarily convoluted for a movie that could be pulled of short and simply. The end result is a sweet little film with a broad and genuine appeal but little substance or rewatch value. 58% -Gimly
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