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Drama . Music . Romance . Musical

Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini finds himself struggling to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor. With only a week left before shooting begins, he desperately searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, his muse, and his mother.

Actors: Judi Dench , Daniel Day-Lewis , Marion Cotillard , Penélope Cruz , Sophia Loren , Nicole Kidman , Kate Hudson , Fergie , Ricky Tognazzi , Enzo Cilenti , Sandro Dori
Directors: Rob Marshall
Country: USA , ITALY
Release: 2009-12-25
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  • Alastair Plumb

    Though slightly marred by a clunky structure and a lack of truly catchy tunes, Nine’s wall-to-wall first-rate performances from its stellar cast (especially Cotillard) add a touch of class.

    Empire Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Sophisticated, sexy and stylishly decked out, Rob Marshall's disciplined, tightly focused film impresses and amuses.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The carnival is loud, brash, brassy, sexy and sometimes tacky or silly, but always entertaining.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Rob Marshall's flawed but frequently dazzling Nine is a hot-blooded musical fantasia full of song, dance, raging emotion and simmering sexuality.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Despite following its stage inspiration and bringing structure to Fellini's "8 1/2" (the ultimate source material), Nine still suffers at times from a lack of narrative drive and it doesn't have the surreal, dreamlike quality of "8 1/2" to fall back upon.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Deft and fast-moving, but shouldn’t a musical have at least a few songs you can hum on your way home?

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The movie is shot and edited like a two-hour trailer for itself. As such, it's not hard to take, but you do tend to wonder when the film itself is going to start.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    A spectacle where A-list talent strives mightily to elevate a C-plus effort.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    It seems perverse to say a musical is at its best when nobody is singing, but Nine is a perverse kind of musical.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    As much Fosse as Fellini. It’s a shadow of a shadow, refracted through a fun-house mirror. For all the noise and color, it feels like an exercise and not a natural expression.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    The magic simply isn't there.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    All of these women, and Day-Lewis too, sing and dance vigorously and enthusiastically throughout Nine, and the results are spotty, though you can't accuse anyone of not trying. Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    This kind of movie is superfluous yet strangely compelling. We don't need to see Daniel Day-Lewis and Nicole Kidman sing a duet next to a Roman fountain any more than we need to see an elephant pirouette in a tutu, but wouldn't you be crazy to pass up the opportunity to see either?

    Slate Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    The disappointments here are many, from a starry cast the film ill-uses to flat musical numbers that never fully integrate into the dramatic story. The only easy prediction is that Nine is not going to revive the slumbering musical-film genre.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Nine is just plain adrift in its own lack of necessity.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Nine isn't so much a movie as it is a collection of standalone musical numbers, strung together by the thinnest of plots.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    We'd all like to live in an Italian movie. So says a character in Nine, and it's probably the best line in this musical misfire.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The movie is full of risible pontifications about the nature of art but falls well short of capturing the angst of creative frustration.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Unassuming only in its title.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The numbers, while lively, remain cluttered and stage-bound. The women, however, are spirited and sexy.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Eventually, the inconsistency wears, and the film provokes mostly indifference and restlessness.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    After a while, Nine plays like some Hollywood charity revue.

    Time Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    One is forced to ask: who wants to make, or watch, a major Hollywood musical about mental block?

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    With its stagy dance numbers, this reminded me more of Bob Fosse's confessional musical "All That Jazz" than "8 1/2," though it suffers from comparison to either, given that Marshall is several steps removed from Fellini's feverish self-investigation.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    A joyless trudge, particularly when compared to Fellini’s vibrant original?

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Let’s not dance around it: Nine--is a dud.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Though there is plenty of razzle-dazzle onscreen, Nine is unlikely to ignite many sparks among viewers.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    In the clumsy hands of director Rob Marshall, this tacky, all-star botch more closely resembles a video catalog for Victoria’s Secret.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Wisely keeping her distance, Cotillard mostly lurks along the sidelines projecting a wounded visage, before finally stepping into the spotlight for the movie's single moment of emotional sincerity. It's the only point at which Nine seems more than a total zero.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Because Nine is a musical, it would help if your leading man could sing, and I don't mean carry a tune, but actually flex some vocal muscle. Again, love Daniel Day-Lewis, excellent racing shirtless through the forest, but a song-and-dance man he is not. So what does that leave Nine with? Well not much.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Straining to capture artistic frenzy, it descends into vulgar chaos, less a homage to Federico Fellini’s “8 ½” (its putative inspiration) than a travesty.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    John Lennon once said, "There's a great woman behind every idiot." This time, I'm counting seven of them.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    It's a film within a film about a film within a film, and seems to lose layers of authenticity with each iteration, finally becoming a profoundly alienating experience.

    Washington Post Full Review
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