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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
More reviews for Nine on Rotten Tomatoes

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