The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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Nine is a searing, carthartic dissection of the creative process; as much as it celebrates the trappings accumulated by those who succeed, it is also an engrossing examination of the deeply-troubled mindset that gets them there.
Despite the A-list cast, this musical tale of a 1960's Italian film director with writer's block lacks the sense of passion, mystery and pain that should accompany any journey into the imagination of frustrated artistic genius.
The film's only fault is that it lacks the driving narrative force that Marshall had with Chicago, which may be the fault of the original author of the libretto, but it results in the film losing momentum between the awesome musical sequences.
So-so scoring and the sense you're watching filmed theatre rather than a movie proper. But whether or not you care about Day-Lewis' tortured auteur, it's another magnetic performance, backed by displays of motion and emotion from a bevy of icons.