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Thriller . Science Fiction . Animation . Adventure . Action

When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good.

Actors: John C. Reilly , Elijah Wood , Helen Wilson , Tom Kane , Alan Oppenheimer , Fred Tatasciore , Martin Landau , Crispin Glover , Christopher Plummer , Jennifer Connelly
Directors: Shane Acker
Country: USA
Release: 2009-09-09
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  • Wesley Morris

    Any optimism in 9, which is bound to try the fortitude of meeker children, feels hard-won. It actually ends in a bittersweet mystery.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Storyboarded with precision, and enhanced with a resonant score by Deborah Lurie, Acker’s handsome, feature-length 9 is, for all its visual flights of fancy, grounded in an apocalypse-proof message graspable by any schoolchild.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    At barely an-hour-and-a-quarter in length, it's one of those very rare feature films that you wish were longer.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    This is post-apocalyptic adventure as imagined for a teen crowd, and what it lacks in depth it makes up for in action. With a slight running time of 80 minutes, 9 doesn't contain an ounce of fat on its animated bones.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Not a perfect 10, but its imperfection is what makes it gripping and bewitching.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    IF you ask me, Shane Acker's post-apocalyp tic animated film 9 is better than the live-ac tion flick "District 9." Beyond their similar titles, these sci-fi social commentaries are both expanded from shorts under the sponsorship of a world-class director.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Taking your very small child to this movie is only a slightly better idea than a trip to "The Final Destination." With that warning out of the way, this action adventure is a big treat for more mature animation and science-fiction fans and a triumph for the young director.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephen Cole

    Watching 9 , we know how 8 feels. Sci-fi fans will find heaven in Shane Acker's feature-film debut.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    It’s a perfectly functional, fairly scary kids’ film, with plenty of craft and creativity to keep adults occupied. But with a story as sophisticated as its visuals, it could have been much more.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The best reason to see it is simply because of the creativity of its visuals. They're entrancing.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Every effort to expand the range of feature-length animation beyond the confines of cautious family fare is to be welcomed, and budding techno and fantasy geeks are likely to be intrigued and enthralled.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    The film isn't particularly original, but its dark mood, end-of-times landscape and unique characters will seem fresher to the young audience for which it's aiming than to jaded sci-fi veterans.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    In 50 years, film lovers will look back on 9 as the debut feature of an original talent.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Something has gone slightly awry, however, en route from the 11-minute film to the 79-minute edition of 9.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    9, though animated, isn't really a movie for kids. The problem is that, despite its strikingly original set-up and its cool steampunk visual vibe, it's not much of a movie for grown-ups, either.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    I only wish this richly imaginative movie had stayed truer to the dark heart of its visuals.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Design aspects are arresting and the filmmaker's abilities are obvious, but the basic survival story remains slight, just as the general setting, no matter how artfully imagined, is by now pretty familiar.

    Variety Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    The result is never as gripping in narrative terms--a well-worn litany of dystopian-future chestnuts--as it is visually.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Sobering stuff for an animated movie that pitches itself somewhere between cutesy children’s entertainment and hectoring Grimm’s fairy tale. The problem with 9, though, is that it lacks a consistent tone.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Michael Cavna

    Does 9 rival last year's "Wall E" as the best post-apocalyptic "cartoon"? The short answer is Nein. 9 is, however, a visual stunner.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Shane Acker's underwritten but beautifully animated debut is both an ode to technology and a warning against it. Perhaps unintentionally, the film itself echoes those themes.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    9 never adds up to much. It's a dark adult film that gives itself over to the chases and frights of a kiddie movie.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Although it has a great look and offers a few thrills, the animated film 9 is one of this year's biggest disappointments.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Long on imaginative design but less substantial in narrative, this dreary story of fighting the power is more numbing than thought-provoking.

    USA Today Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Shane Acker has expanded his Oscar-nominated short 9 into a full-length feature whose splendid visuals are dragged down by a tedious story.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Actually, the problem with wunderkind director Shane Acker's "stitchpunk" animated fantasy 9 isn't so much that it bears a sped-up, dumbed-down resemblance to "The Lord of the Rings," although it does. It's more that Acker's dark and whimsical creation, so clearly in the tradition of his mentor Tim Burton, is wondrous to behold but offers only an indifferent and generic mishmash of quest fantasy and post-apocalyptic science fiction when it comes to story. Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    This expanded version only suffers, albeit in grim visual splendor, from the extrapolation.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Danny Elfman's swooping orchestral soundtrack only adds to the sense of by-the-numbers familiarity. Elfman's signature sound is so associated with Tim Burton movies that it overwhelms this film's chances of carving out an aesthetic space of its own.

    Slate Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    For all the Saturday-matinee heroics, the movie is dreary and monotonous, the vision junky in more ways than one.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Nick Antosca

    The nine characters aren’t machines, exactly, but they aren’t people or animals either. They’re little cloth pouches that can move, communicate, and make facial expressions that range from ornery to cute. At some point during the movie I began mentally referring to them as the Owlish Beanbags.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    And here's the strangest thing of all: it works. [September 14, 2009, pg.ll4]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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