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9 Reviews

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January 3, 2012
A potent reminder that not all shorts, even ones as brilliant as Acker's, will necessarily work well as a feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 10, 2009
Acker's originality pretty much ends at his visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 8, 2009
A perfect example of a thin idea stuffed and stuffed with filler until it loses much of its charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 8, 2009
I admire Acker's craftsmanship to the same degree I'm frustrated by what's missing or overstressed here, amid all the rough-textured details and the grim machine-ruled aesthetic.
September 9, 2009
Much of the action in 9 becomes repetitive, and the storyline takes an odd turn toward the metaphysical in the final act.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 8, 2009
A nagging sense of incompletion haunts 9.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 11, 2009
While 9 boasts gorgeous images, it runs out of story all too quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 27, 2010
If you're gonna be so downbeat, yah gotta be good. This ain't good. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
September 8, 2009
What's lost in Acker's showdown between diminutive ragdolls and a soul-eating, scarlet-eyed spider-machine is any hint of grandeur, the overarching sense of something of inestimable value at risk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 18, 2009
It certainly is a valuable introduction to an exciting new talent, but by expanding the film's length, characters and otherworldly environment things are strangely diminished.
December 10, 2009
Grown from a superb 10-minute animation, this feature length version runs out of steam despite its stunning visual design.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 9, 2009
Rarely has so much imagination been poured into one facet of a film at the expense of another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 10, 2009
Visually stunning and marginally intriguing, but often drags, lacks palpable thrills, and leaves you feeling underwhelmed and unimpressed by the dull story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/10
September 9, 2009
Acker is so busy making sure every animated clock and piece of fabric is just right that he loses sight of the need to tell a story.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 9, 2009
9 is a grey and grim thrill ride packed full of kiddie morality lessons and creepy frightenings, as though Steven Spielberg had induced the Brothers Quay to create a summer blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
October 26, 2009
Pamela Pettler's screenplay sucks out the very soul of Acker's original creations, leaving little behind but a ghost-like shell, pretty to look at, but free from any substance
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 7, 2009
Beautifully designed but short on depth or novelty.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 30, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 8, 2009
One wonders, in fact, if 9 should have stuck with its original short format.
September 12, 2009
9 is The Terminator on ritalin. It is loaded with adult themes but really aimed at kids. And %u2014 ironically %u2014 it is the perfect flick for a nine-year old boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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