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A jobless 28-year-old residing in an apartment with his single father discovers the meaning of life for a bargain-basement price in this stop-motion animation film featuring the voices of Ben Mendelsohn, Barry Otto, Anthony LaPaglia, and Geoffrey Rush. Dave has made it his mission to discover the meaning of life, so when he stumbles across a book claiming to answer just that question for the low, low price of just $9.99, he can't help but make an impulse purchase. Much to his surprise, the book contains all the answers he's been searching for, a revelation that compels him to share… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A deliberately coarse character style that's more Gumby than Gromit."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"$9.99 may not be entirely successful from a dramatic perspective, and it certainly offers little enlightenment about the meaning of life. But the film is so intriguing in other ways that it's definitely worth a look."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"After the smooth finish of Mary and Max earlier this year, $9.99 can't match up with its similar dark themes."
‑ Katina Vangopoulos, Moviedex
"Like most episode pieces, Rosenthal and Keret seem to have chosen the easy way out by not taking the trouble to develop any of the ideas beyond the basic anecdote."
‑ Dan Fainaru, Screen International
"The whole never quite comes together, in fact -- but even without that unity, the film has an oddball charm and intelligence."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"A small gem of an animated film, $9.99 manages to be rich in whimsy and fantastical turns while still rooted in human ground."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The conclusion is cheerful -- rather than strain for answers, we should just experience the joy of the moment -- but the road to that resolution is jarring."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"There is so much to admire about the skill involved in the stop-motion craft, but all films, regardless of their devices, rise or fall on their story, which is abstract and unengaging in $9.99."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"The film is more than picturesque whimsy, though: at times it reaches for some really quite weird imagery - and some raw honesty."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Think Robert Altman's Short Cuts with clay characters as engaging as human actors, and you might get a sense of what you'll experience."
‑ Des Partridge, Courier Mail (Australia)
"It has been a good year for animation that pushes thematic and visual boundaries."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"Using the medium of Wallace and Gromit and Gumby, Israeli filmmaker Tatia Rosenthal turns her clay figures into real people in $9.99, a wise, wistful study of hope and dread."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Director Tatia Rosenthal's inspiration was to populate the proceedings with animated 3-D figures; her cerebral, darkly funny film is a feat of stop-motion rumination."
‑ Betsy Sherman, Boston Phoenix
"Set in a grim, grimy, often bleak world, a hybrid, densely detailed environment of interwoven stories and chance encounters, with occasional flights of fantasy and rare glimmers of hope."
‑ Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia)
"Not for all tastes due to its arthouse nature, this animation transcends into beautiful magical realism with a spectacular Australian voice cast."
‑ Annette Basile, FILMINK (Australia)
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