9 to 5

Critics Consensus

No consensus yet.



Total Count: 37


Audience Score

User Ratings: 34,220
User image

9 to 5 Photos

Movie Info

Three female office workers become friends and get revenge against their boss, a sexist egotistical lying hypocritical bigot, and in so doing create a more efficient and pleasant work environment.

Watch it now


Jane Fonda
as Judy Bernly
Lily Tomlin
as Violet Newstead
Dolly Parton
as Doralee Rhodes
Dabney Coleman
as Franklin M. Hart Jr.
Sterling Hayden
as Tinsworthy
Marian Mercer
as Missy Hart
Ren Woods
as Barbara
Peggy Pope
as Margaret
Ray Vitte
as Eddie
Edward Marshall
as Bob Enright
Alan Haufrect
as Chuck Strell
Earl Boen
as Perkins
Tom Tarpey
as Norman Lane
David F. Price
as Josh Newstead
Michael Delano
as Motorcycle Cop
Gavin H. Mooney
as Detective at Hospital
Peter Hobbs
as Doctor at St. Ambrose Hospital
Esther Sutherland
as Janitress at Hospital
Helene Heigh
as Charlotte
Vicki Belmonte
as Phoebe Hotz
Jerrold Ziman
as Tom Wood
Eric Mansker
as Eric the Mailroom Clerk
Raymond O'Keefe
as Man at St. Ambrose Hospital
View All

News & Interviews for 9 to 5

Critic Reviews for 9 to 5

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (6)

  • 9 to 5 is tremendous fun.

    Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This is one of the most delightful films of the year. It's an entertaining movie with a social and political point to make about office politics.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Although it can probably be argued that Patricia Resnick and director Colin Higgins' script [from a story by Resnick] at times borders on the inane, the bottom line is that this picture is a lot of fun.

    Jun 24, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Despite an excellent and promising cast, this Hollywood attempt at a mainstream feminist comedy is flabby and bland.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • [Parton] is, on the basis of this one film, a natural-born movie star, a performer who holds our attention so easily that it's hard to believe it's her first film.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's clearly a movie that began as someone's bright idea, which then went into production before anyone had time to give it a well-defined personality.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for 9 to 5

  • Apr 12, 2015
    With The Other Woman coming out last year, and being a pretty bad movie at that, I can sense that this movie was a very obvious inspiration on that. Of course there's narrative differences, the women in the Other Woman are trying to get revenge on this guy who's sleeping with all of them behind the other's backs, whereas this film sees the women get revenge on their boss for being a sexist and ignorant idiot. The Other Woman, in spite of pretending it's all about female empowerment, was probably as sexist as they got to be honest. At the very least this film is about women being treated equally in the workplace, receiving the same pay as the men do for the same work. So even with the fact that this movie is almost 40 years old, it's as relevant as ever and will remain relevant as long as women keep getting treated unfairly for X or Y reason. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me to see a remake one of these days. I think a sequel, while a good idea, would probably not be as successful. I think a mixture of the two would work well. With the three women in this film all raising daughters who are facing the same problems they faced in this movie. I think that'd work well and it would combine both elements. I thought this was a good movie really, with some really talented women as the leads in this film. Kinda surprising how good Dolly Parton was considering that this was her first major acting role. I don't wanna say she's a natural but she made the transition from singer to actress better than about 95% of people who've tried. She's just got a very charismatic presence and a great voice. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are both great here as well. So the film was pretty much perfectly cast as it relates to the leads. Of course, no story about a sexist, egotistical pig is complete without casting someone detestable in the role that knows how to play off of the three leads. Dabney Coleman is absolutely excellent here and he knows how to play this role to perfection. Good heroines are nothing without an equally dastardly villain to play off of. As I mentioned, all the lead roles in the film are perfectly cast and I cannot complain about that one bit. The writing is also good but, unsurprisingly, some of the dialogue is a little outdated. Which is understandable considering this movie was released in 1980, eight years before I was born. I thought the movie was funny, with the comedic highlight easily being the sequences where the women fantasize about what they would do to their boss if they had the chance. Dolly Parton's character had the best one of these, in my opinion. The film does have its very silly and sitcom-y moments, like everything that happens in the hospital after Lily's character believes she has accidentally poisoned her boss and caused his death. Lily Tomlin is great here and I think she sort of alleviates the silliness of it all. The movie does drag quite a bit after this hospital sequence and I think it definitely hurts the film. While overall I thought the film was fun, it certainly dragged heavily before they confined the villain to his house and the women showed that they can run a more effective office than the 'boss' can. Not much else to say really. This is still a very socially relevant film, in spite of all its silliness, it does bring to light some of the unfairness women face in the workplace, on top of everything else they have to go through, and it's the type of movie that would benefit from a modern update. Still this is a good and fun movie to watch, even if it is a little outdated. Solid Netflix watch.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2013
    You know, I like the mash up of Fonda, Tomlin, and Parton I just wish the movie was as likable as they are.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2012
    I liked this a lot!! This is the embodiment of a fabulously cheesy but awesome 80's movie. I also have a new-found love for Dolly Parton.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    A fabulous chick flick! It's very funny, and the actresses are fantastic. The story is funny, and realistic too. I highly recommend this one.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

9 to 5 Quotes

News & Features