Critics Consensus

Its storyline isn't as wondrous as its visuals, but $9.99 has a sophistication and handmade charm that sets it apart from the animated pack.



Total Count: 55


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User Ratings: 5,337
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Have you ever wondered "What is the meaning of life? Why do we exist?" The answer to this vexing question is now within your reach. You'll find it in a small yet amazing booklet, which will explain, in easy to follow, simple terms your reason for being. The booklet, printed on the finest paper, contains illuminating, exquisite color pictures, and could be yours for a mere $9.99. This is the ad that alters the life of the unemployed 28-year-old who still lives at home, Dave Peck. In his struggle to share his find with the world, Dave's surreal path crosses with those of his unusual neighbors: an old man and his disgruntled guardian angel, a magician in debt, a bewitching woman who likes her men extra smooth, a broken hearted man who befriends a group of hard partying two inch tall students, and a little boy who sets his piggy bank free. Their stories are woven together, examining the post-modern meaning of hope.

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Critic Reviews for $9.99

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (25)

  • A deliberately coarse character style that's more Gumby than Gromit.

    Dec 16, 2009 | Full Review…

    Eddie Cockrell

    Top Critic
  • A small gem of an animated film, $9.99 manages to be rich in whimsy and fantastical turns while still rooted in human ground.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Set in a grim, grimy, often bleak world, a hybrid, densely detailed environment of interwoven stories and chance encounters, with occasional flights of fantasy and rare glimmers of hope.

    Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The whole never quite comes together, in fact -- but even without that unity, the film has an oddball charm and intelligence.

    Sep 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It has been a good year for animation that pushes thematic and visual boundaries.

    Aug 7, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • $9.99 may not be entirely successful from a dramatic perspective, and it certainly offers little enlightenment about the meaning of life. But the film is so intriguing in other ways that it's definitely worth a look.

    Aug 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for $9.99

  • Jul 17, 2012
    There's no answer in the title's advertised book (doh!) ... rather its allowing the joy inherent in any moment to have its say, as some characters herein discover in this quirky and different stop-action animation feature. If you're in the mood, this'll do it.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2011
    In "$9.99," Jim Peck has just had a horrible start to his day, first by not being able to hail a cab and then a disturbing encounter with a homeless man. His grown son Dave is unemployed and has just had a bad interview for a telemarketing job.(I agree with Camille that it is a lousy job, having personal experience in the field of telephone surveys.) So, Jim urges Dave to follow his brother into the lucrative repossessing business. "$9.99" is an engagingly offbeat stop-motion animated film that is intended for more mature audiences. It is not only the sex and language that warrant this caution but also the themes centered around loneliness.(The movie reinforces my theory that people who talk the most turn out to be the loneliest.) The Pecks are not the only household in the film missing a woman, either through death or a vanishing act, leading to melancholy for all. To escape the loneliness, it sometimes comes down to the crazy things we do for love. Otherwise, the characters go through the motions of their lives until either something very good or very bad happens and then the pattern repeats.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2010
    + Great opening? Check. + A refreshing animation perspective? Check. + A good story to tell? Check. + Vivid, interesting and human characters? Check. + Anti-Hollywood? Check. + An amazing Geoffrey Rush? Check. Cons: + Shallow examinations. + Forgettable scenes. + A weak treatment. + Too short. + A screenplay that could've been exploited to its fullest. Conclusion? See it. 66/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2010
    Clay characters living in the same apartment block interact with each other. There's some unusual goings-on, especially between the repo man and his model girlfriends dislike of bodily hair, and between the immature boyfriend and his band of teeny tiny laddish friends, but somehow the whole thing fails to pull you in or make you engage with the characters. Maybe it would've worked better as a series of shorts which you could watch in turn and go "well, i never"
    Lesley N Super Reviewer


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