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Matt, a young glaciologist, soars across the vast, silent, icebound immensities of the South Pole as he recalls his love affair with Lisa. They meet at a mobbed rock concert in a vast music hall -- London's Brixton Academy. They are in bed at night's end. Together, over a period of several months, they pursue a mutual sexual passion whose inevitable stages (familiar to anyone who's ever been in love) unfold in counterpoint to nine live-concert songs.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

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"As satisfying viewing experiences go, the film comes up mighty short in terms of story, interesting characters and technical prowess, not to mention a 65-minute running time."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"It is, at its (hard)core, a traditional sex movie with better music and naturalistic situations."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"It has the rough, penciled-in feel of a sketch, flurries of palpable physicality left along the path of a dissolving relationship"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The most sexually explicit legit feature film to come out of 'merry ole' England from a mainstream director."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There's not much to take away from 9 Songs unless you're watching it at home... alone... preferably with some lotion."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"Nice folks, fun time, thanks for the peek (I guess), and so what?"
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A pointless and pretentious cocktail of sex, rock 'n' roll and glaciology."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
""9 Songs" is high-art pornography that doesn't neglect its compulsory gooey payoff scene."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Seventy minutes of pneumatic sex without the trappings of characterization, plot or even attempted meaning can be a profoundly long time."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Given the graphic sex scenes, it is surprisingly dull. The music isn't great, either, now that we think about it."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Five decades after the rest of the world twigged to it, Michael Winterbottom has discovered a connection between sex and rock 'n' roll. Bully for him."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"One cannot entirely condemn Winterbottom, because the film is not without its meritorious moments, yet at the same time, 9 Songs doesn't effectively traverse the line of glorified pornography, so much as it narrowly scrapes past it."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"Une %u0153uvre pour le moins inhabituelle qui, sans être un exercice de style complètement futile, n'est toutefois pas un film que l'on pourrait qualifier d'essentiel."
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"At least some skin flicks try to add a story to the sex."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Maybe the Nine Songs way -- showing us how they respond to each other in intimate moments and what sort of music moves them -- is a more direct route inside their heads."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
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