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"Nine" is a vibrant and provocative musical that follows the life of world famous film director Guido Contini as he reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing the numerous women in his life including his wife, his mistress, his film star muse, his confidant and costume designer, an American fashion journalist, the whore from his youth and his mother.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nine is, if not a grand work, terrifically tasty eye and ear candy. Two numbers -- from somewhat unexpected quarters -- are worth the price of admission alone."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"It's a movie about a musical about a movie about a man's inner life -- surely we can eliminate some of the middle men."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Largely, the numbers just sit on top of the dramatic action, adding little to our understanding of the characters and seldom contributing to the advancement of the story."
‑ Dave Kehr, Film Comment Magazine
"It has a lot to gnaw on, but it's worth gnawing on."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Nine is a searing, carthartic dissection of the creative process; as much as it celebrates the trappings accumulated by those who succeed, it is also an engrossing examination of the deeply-troubled mindset that gets them there."
‑ Simon Foster,
"Nine should have been called 4 1/2 because it doesn't come close to the work of the master who inspired it."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"There's a lot of high-powered star wattage in Nine, but it never generates much heat."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"What we get is a film that is close in story to Fellini's film, but which needed more time for its actresses and better music to make it all worthwhile."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Sensual musical about love and art has mature themes."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"While film allows limitless opportunities to 'open up' a work that originated on the legit stage, Marshall seems intent on making the material feel even more stagebound on the big screen."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The film suffers from the simple fact that its songs aren't memorable."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A half-dozen Oscar winners shine in this slick but satisfying musical."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Day-Lewis, over-egging the angst as well as the Eye-talian accent, is charmless and insufferable. But the person you really want to slap is Marshall, whose brash directing style simply doesn't suit Nine's more whimsical charms."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"While Marshall's Nine may be a bit of cheeky fun, it features little worth recommending it over Fellini's [8 1/2]. It's not so much a 'cover song' as it is a 'dance remix'."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Comes across as a very unimaginative re-working, a shallow interpretation."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
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