The Nines
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Writer/director John August ponders the metaphysical aspects of life and art in an episodic allegory that follows three artists as they embark on a soul searching journey of fate versus free will. When a troubled actor is placed under house arrest in "The Prisoner," his imagination begins to run wild due to the fact that his spirited publicist and cynical neighbor provide his only link to the outside world. Later, after the planes of reality fold in on themselves during the production of a Project Greenlight-style show which documents the filming of a popular sitcom in "Reality… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This overreaching, Lynch-lite comic drama is the mediocre directorial debut of screenwriter John August ('Charlie's Angels', 'Big Fish') and, if nothing else, demonstrates why some writers should stick to their laptops."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"The dialogue snaps, crackles and pops. And confusing as they may be, the stories are never boring."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"It defies categorisation, which I love, and defies logic, which is very European. But it's also clever, funny and compelling"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"August is on solid ground when he's riffing on Stephen King and celebrities, but he's stretching when he tries to be David Lynch, which would require a distinctly different kind of brain damage."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"When I read that Ryan Reynolds was playing not one, but three characters in this movie -- one of whom is gay -- my ticket pretty much bought itself. They had me at 'himbo'."
‑ Brian Juergens,
"The cosmic "resolution" that ties the stories together proves less interesting than the stories themselves."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"Bright and vicious, desperate and cruel, the characters of the first two stories pop with a kind of nihilistic joie de vivre that makes you want to hug them and kill them at once."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"An interesting, if high minded, concept film that is nothing without its performers."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"August may be peddling some absurd New age "secret", but at least it allows him the benefit of stronger and more coherent storytelling."
‑ Brian Holcomb,
"Overall, I responded to The Nines as a sly Cronenbergian chess game of the mind. As impenetrable as it becomes, it's easy to perceive that this is straight-from-the-heart work from August."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The Nines, which in real life began as a TV project, wavers uncomfortably between satire and dime-store existentialism on the big screen."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Confusing? Yes, and intentionally so. But it's never boring."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"The sort of movie that would probably appeal to Ryan Reynolds' detractors . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"Em sua estréia como diretor de longas, August faz jus à inteligência de seu roteiro intrincado, criando uma história tensa e instigante que surpreende tanto como ficção quanto como reflexão metafísica/religiosa. Além disso, o elenco revela-se fortíssimo."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The plot tumbles so far down the rabbit hole it breaks its leg and plunges the audience into the dark."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
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