The Nines


The Nines

Critics Consensus

Though The Nines doesn't solidify as well as writer/director John August would hope for, Ryan Reynolds's strong performance makes each of the film's intriguing segments worth watching.



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Writer/director John August ponders the metaphysical aspects of life and art in an episodic allegory that follows three artists as they embark on a soul searching journey of fate versus free will. When a troubled actor is placed under house arrest in "The Prisoner," his imagination begins to run wild due to the fact that his spirited publicist and cynical neighbor provide his only link to the outside world. Later, after the planes of reality fold in on themselves during the production of a Project Greenlight-style show which documents the filming of a popular sitcom in "Reality Television," "Knowing" follows a successful video game designer and his family as they become stranded in the middle of nowhere due to automotive issues. Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis, and Melissa McCarthy star in a drama that peels back the layers of reality to ask whether or not mankind really has any control over his ultimate fate.

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Ryan Reynolds
as Gary/Gavin/Gabriel
Hope Davis
as Sarah/Susan/Sierra
Melissa McCarthy
as Margaret/Melissa/Mary
Dahlia Salem
as Herself
David Denman
as Parole Officer/Agitated Man
Octavia Spencer
as Streetwalker/Woman on Sidewalk
Ben Falcone
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Nines

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (21)

  • Let's avoid such extremes, and note merely that he's made a film that's funny ha-ha as well as funny peculiar; an exercise in navel-gazing that tickles all the senses.

    Nov 30, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It is pretty familiar material in some ways, and not exactly unpretentious, but very watchable.

    Nov 30, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film puts a delightful spin on that profound and solipsistic idea that we are the godlike inventors, and moral arbitrators, of our own little worlds. A gem.

    Nov 30, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • With McCarthy and Davis also playing two further roles with suspiciously identical initials, The Nines toys with issues of identity, duality and alternate reality certain to appeal to anyone who's experimented with the virtual avatars of Second Life.

    Nov 29, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith
    Top Critic
  • This overreaching, Lynch-lite comic drama is the mediocre directorial debut of screenwriter John August ('Charlie's Angels', 'Big Fish') and, if nothing else, demonstrates why some writers should stick to their laptops.

    Nov 29, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Weird.

    Nov 28, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Nines

  • Nov 29, 2011
    Usually, I never really like Ryan Reynolds, but here he gives a strong central performance, a performance that makes the movie more watchable. "The Nines" is one of those movies that you can watch to pass the time and nothing more. It's nothing special. It ends on a dumb note and bears a lot of resemblance to a SyFy original movie, but it's weird and sort of entertaining.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2011
    The Nines is a weird movie. I guess you could classify it as surrealist, but not really. It's more of a drama, if even that. And also, it doesn't really look like a movie, but more like made-for-TV. Yes, the first channel that comes to mind is Syfy. Usually, I never really like Ryan Reynolds, but here, in The Nines, he gives a strong central performance, a performance that makes the movie more watchable. Part Two, in my opinion, was the best part. It was greatly acted and really intense. Part One was slow and I hated (I mean HATED) the Margaret character, and Part Three was good but the payoff wasn't quite enough. It's another one of those movies that you can watch to pass the time. Nothing special. I've been coming across a lot of those lately.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2011
    Susan: Do you feel like a man? Because I'll tell you a little secret - you're not.  "Y9u never kn9w when y9ur number is up." The Nines is a very interesting film with a clever concept that seems to get too wrapped up in itself. John August seems to try too hard to confuse everyone throughout when just the idea in itself would have been great. He tried to make the movie be all about the payoff at the end, when we find out what is going on. I just think it could have been a lot better had he gone about it another way. I did, however, moderately like the movie despite that. Ryan Reynolds is at his best and like I said before it is at least an interesting movie. I like how the movie used Hope Davis and Melissa McCarthy along with Reynolds in three different roles. That's not to say that I was totally sold on how everything in those three stories were brought together and summed up.  This is hard movie to rate because I do really want to like it because of the idea and the three performances from Reynolds, Davis and McCarthy. Then again it's rather disappointing and never becomes as good or even great as it could and should have been.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2011
    Three separate plot strands---about a self-destructive actor under house arrest, a writer trying to get his series past the pilot stage while being filmed by a reality TV crew, and a video game designer whose car breaks down in the middle of nowhere---intertwine in a mysterious way, with the same actors playing different characters in each mini-story. A valiant and ambitious effort with some remarkable acting by Ryan Reynolds in his three roles; as is often the case in these sorts of mindbender/puzzle films, though, the mystery is much more satisfying than its solution.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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