9 Songs

Critics Consensus

The unerotic sex scenes quickly become tedious to watch, and the lovers lack the personality necessary to make viewers care about them.



Total Count: 97


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Matt, a young glaciologist, soars across the vast, silent, icebound immensities of the South Pole as he recalls his love affair with Lisa. They meet at a mobbed rock concert in a vast music hall -- London's Brixton Academy. They are in bed at night's end. Together, over a period of several months, they pursue a mutual sexual passion whose inevitable stages (familiar to anyone who's ever been in love) unfold in counterpoint to nine live-concert songs.


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Critic Reviews for 9 Songs

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (74)

  • Winterbottom proves that nonstop sex intercut with alternative music can be exceedingly boring.

    Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The film is not great. It's not even all that good. And sometimes, it's actively annoying.

    Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • As satisfying viewing experiences go, the film comes up mighty short in terms of story, interesting characters and technical prowess, not to mention a 65-minute running time.

    Nov 1, 2005
  • Nice folks, fun time, thanks for the peek (I guess), and so what?

    Oct 6, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Five decades after the rest of the world twigged to it, Michael Winterbottom has discovered a connection between sex and rock 'n' roll. Bully for him.

    Sep 23, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It is, at its (hard)core, a traditional sex movie with better music and naturalistic situations.

    Sep 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for 9 Songs

  • Sep 25, 2010
    Cast: Margo Stilley, Kieran O'Brien, Huw Bunford, Cian Ciaran, Bobby Gillespie ... see more , Dandy Warhols , Alex Kapranos , Bob Hardy , Courtney Taylor-Taylor , Franz Ferdinand , Michael Nyman , Nick McCarthy Directed by: Michael Winterbottom Summary: Love blooms between an American student and a British glaciologist in this explicit romance with an underground-rock soundtrack. The film follows Lisa (Margo Stilley) and Matt (Kieran O'Brien) from the time they meet at a concert until Lisa departs for home. Their steamy relationship is set to the songs of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Von Bondies, Elbow, Primal Scream, The Dandy Warhols, Super Furry Animals, Franz Ferdinand and Michael Nyman. My Thoughts: "There isn't much to say about this film. It's basically porn with some good music here and there. Really not much of a story-line. Waste of time for me. I should have read the reviews before watching this, but being a fan of music I wanted to see what the music was all about in this film. I got more ass and tits, and a bit of dick more then I did the music.. I will pass it along to others, but don't say I didn't warn you.. It's a really bad film."
  • Jul 01, 2010
    A interesting drama about a British geologist and young horny American student who hook up at a underground rock concert in London. The film follows Matt and Lisa, well played by Kieran O' Brien and Margo Stilley throughout their kinky and very short steamy romance, in between rock concerts they attend. Their sex life is displayed in very graphic and authentic detail, alone with their drug use, but it never real feels pornographic and the sex is balanced with some nice scenes of simple conversations. The story is sometimes confusing and the script tries to be profound, but this goes on to long and ultimately becomes ponderous and a little boring. The cinematography is gorgeous, especially the sequence shot in Antarctic. This film is a hit and miss affair. Recommended (only if real graphic sex does not offend you.)
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2009
    Well, turns out that even sex is something that hipsters can turn into a very, very boring thing.
    Tsubaki S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2009
    The only thing that amazed me about this movie is that nothing more then a porno movie with a few songs thrown in. There is nothing that you will see in the best porno movie that you will not see here. The review I read and what I saw on the screen was quite different. They added some inserts of Artic Exploration, guess to go from Hot to Cold but a shower would have accomplished that. Don't get me wrong I'm not a prude but the last thing I want to see on my TV is some girl give a guy a blow job and then him cuming on his stomach cause she's not a swallower. This is pure porn. 1/2 a star.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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