9 (2009)

The time is the too-near future. Powered and enabled by the invention known as the Great Machine, the world's machines have turned on mankind and sparked social unrest, decimating the human population before being largely shut down.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 9, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 29, 2009
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Although its story is perhaps too familiar and less complex than some might wish, 9 is visually spectacular, and director Shane Acker's attention to detail succeeds in drawing viewers into the film's universe.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

This film will surely be remembered as an intriguing failure: a triumph of ambition over ability, of ideas over emotional resonance - just another grim fairy tale for these troubled times.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

The worst thing you can say about 9 is that it's the look, not the script, that keeps your interest.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

The new version stays so true to the original you could describe it as a feature-length short-which is not the most staggering accomplishment.

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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

There's no denying that Acker has a knack for bleak landscapes and an inventive salvage-yard approach to character design, but his narrative skills are less developed.

Dana Stevens

It's easy to see why Acker's gifts caught the attention of these directors; he's a visual craftsman of no little promise. Now if he can just stitch together a story with the same loving care that went into creating those digital burlap dolls...

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Shaun Munro
What Culture

A potent reminder that not all shorts, even ones as brilliant as Acker's, will necessarily work well as a feature.

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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine

In movies, our technology is so often the ruin of us. We got that message from Stanley Kubrick way back when, and we get it now. But couldn't filmmakers let something else ruin us for a change? Even the apocalypse needs variety.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[Its] splendid visuals are dragged down by a tedious story.

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Heather Wixson
Dread Central

9 has a very Coraline-esque tone to it, so if that's a film you enjoyed, then this movie is definitely something worth checking out on the big screen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Interesting take on the dark apocalyptic future world genre. The movie is excellent. Well done. Great voice talents and amazing attention to detail by Shane… More
Sam Barnett
Cold and lifeless (no pun intended), 9's worst offense isn't its mediocre visuals or underutilized cast - though it does have both - but rather, its… More
Jens S.
Based on the similarly themed animated short film this dark and visually stunning adventure follows a number of puppet-like creatures that seem to be all… More
Michael Edwards
Machines. The soul beings that were created to improve our lives, betrayed us. But life is remaining in the form of 9 ragdolls, that are left to stop the… More
Kevin M. Williams
the forces of intolerance are at havoc yet again, and so a hero will rise. is it the guy who thinks if you hide then mr. bad man will go away? what about the… More
Christopher Heim
The animation is fantastic, however, the film did not give me a whole lot to care for. The story suffers from being a little too dark for kids but at the same… More