Nine (2009)

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Critic Consensus: It has a game, great-looking cast, led by the always worthwhile Daniel Day-Lewis, but Rob Marshall's Nine is chaotic and curiously distant.

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"Nine" is a vibrant and provocative musical that follows the life of world famous film director Guido Contini as he reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing the numerous women in his life including his wife, his mistress, his film star muse, his confidant and costume designer, an American fashion journalist, the whore from his youth and his mother.
Rating:
PG-13 (for sexual content and smoking)
Genre:
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Cast

Nicole Kidman
as Claudia
Marion Cotillard
as Luisa Contini
Daniel Day-Lewis
as Guido Contini
Kate Hudson
as Stephanie
Judi Dench
as Lilli
Fergie
as Saraghina
Elio Germano
as Pierpaolo
Martina Stella
as Donatella
Roberto Nobile
as Jaconelli
Roberto Citran
as Doctor Rondi
Enzo Cilenti
as Leopardi
Michele Alhaique
as Don Mario
Giuseppe Spitaleri
as Young Guido
Alessia Piovan
as Alessia
Monica Scattini
as Pensione Matron
Georgia Leonidas
as Matron's Daughter
Mario Vernazza
as Principal
Sandro Dori
as Studio Superintendent
Francesco De Vito
as Radio Reporter
Remo Remotti
as Cardinal
Giovanni Izzo
as Man With Louisa
Massimiliano Belsito
as Priest on the Beach
Roberto Sbraccia
as Priest on the Beach
Pietro Lais
as Boy on the Beach
Samuele Minotti
as Boy on the Beach
Georgina Leonidas
as Matron's Daughter
Francesco Manuel Pappalardo
as Boy on the Beach
Pietro Revelli
as Boy on the Beach
Gianluigi Tosti Di Valminuta
as Boy on the Beach
Enzo Squillino Jr.
as Reporter 1
Michael J. Peluso
as Reporter 2
Jake Canuso
as Reporter 4
Eliot Giuralarocca
as Reporter 5
Jennifer Iacono
as Reporter
Vicky Lambert
as Reporter
Mark Bousie
as 'Folies' Pianist
Marco Liotti
as Male Band Singer
Anna Safroncik
as Actress
Eleonora Scopelliti
as Screen Test Actress 1
Antonio Fiore
as Production Assistant
Ilaria Cavola
as Screen Test Actress 2
Shannon Belcastro
as Film Crew
Jean Martin
as Film Crew
Joey Pizzi
as Film Crew
Kerry Warn
as Film Crew
Romina Carancini
as Production Assistant
Alessandro Denipoti
as Production Assistant
Erica Gohdes
as Production Assistant
Gianluca Frezzato
as Production Assistant
Paola Zaccari
as Production Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Nine

All Critics (197) | Top Critics (43)

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Nine is, if not a grand work, terrifically tasty eye and ear candy. Two numbers -- from somewhat unexpected quarters -- are worth the price of admission alone.

Full Review… | December 28, 2009
Denver Post
Top Critic

Nine should have been called 4Â 1/2 because it doesn't come close to the work of the master who inspired it.

Full Review… | December 28, 2009
USA Today
Top Critic

The film suffers from the simple fact that its songs aren't memorable.

Full Review… | December 28, 2009
Detroit News
Top Critic

It's a movie about a musical about a movie about a man's inner life -- surely we can eliminate some of the middle men.

Full Review… | December 28, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Where Fellini dared us to race alongside his imagination, Marshall is thuddingly cautious.

Full Review… | December 26, 2009
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Nine

Glamour, beauty and half a dozen Oscar winners starring in a Broadway musical based on Fellini, so what could go wrong? Well, the movie is a total bore, pure style over no substance. Mostly all songs are annoying, everything is so cold and distant and I couldn't wait to see it end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

My first viewing was eccelente, but the second viewing felt a bit stagnant. I was really psyched by the trailer, but since I abhor both "8 1/2" and "Chicago" (also helmed by Rob Marshall) and since critics were saying it's a mess, I came into this movie prepared to dislike it. It's messy in places, but the match cut transitions from scene to stage work better here than in "Chicago." The music is lively, and the virtuoso cast deliver virtuoso performances. Fergie may be a pop star, but make no mistake, she can belt. "Be Italian" is the best singing performance of the film - such drama and yearning. Marion Cotillard gives perhaps the best acting performance. "My Husband Makes Movies" is heartbreaking, and "Take It All" is kinky in a very tragic way. I rather like Kate Hudson's "Cinema Italiano" even though her character is merely a bouffanted yes-woman in the movie unlike in the stage show. I'm surprised that Penelope Cruz was nominated for a GG though. She's quite sexy and tortured in her non-musical scenes, but her singing voice is a little thin, and she doesn't extend her limbs fully when she dances. Nevertheless, kudos for getting by on pure moxie cuz that's what you really need if you haven't got the pipes or the gams. Daniel Day-Lewis is serviceable and charismatic, and Judy Dench is certainly a saucy dame. She speaks through a lot of "Folies Bergere," but it works. Nicole Kidman and Sophia Loren are underused, but they're still beautiful and iconic, respectively. Overall, a brilliant spectacle with a surprisingly moody script that captures much of its source material's existential angst.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

½

A famous Italian director (rhymes with Fellini) is stuck for ideas for his next expected blockbuster and along the way he's gotta figure out where his charmed life went wrong. But just because you want to do a meaningful musical though doesn't necessarily guarantee results, even with Rob Marshall directing. On the other hand, you can get smashing performances from some of Hollywood's leading (if not famous for musical) ladies. Penelope Cruz (!), Dame Judi Dench (!), and Kate Hudson (!), not known for being hoofers, particularly crank this mother up.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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