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  • Summary: 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.But as our world fell to pieces, a mission began to salvage the legacy of civilization; a group of small creations was given the spark of life by a scientist in the final days of humanity, and they continue to exist post-apocalypse. With their group so few, these “stitchpunk” creations must summon individual strengths well beyond their own proportions in order to outwit and fight against still-functioning machines, one of which is a marauding mechanized beast. While showcasing a stunning “steampunk”-styled visual brilliance, 9 dynamically explores the will to live, the power of community, and how one soul can change the world. (Focus Features) Expand
  • Director: Shane Acker
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, Fantasy, Animation
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 79 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 88
    Any optimism in 9, which is bound to try the fortitude of meeker children, feels hard-won. It actually ends in a bittersweet mystery.
  2. 75
    This is post-apocalyptic adventure as imagined for a teen crowd, and what it lacks in depth it makes up for in action. With a slight running time of 80 minutes, 9 doesn't contain an ounce of fat on its animated bones.
  3. 75
    The best reason to see it is simply because of the creativity of its visuals. They're entrancing.
  4. In 50 years, film lovers will look back on 9 as the debut feature of an original talent.
  5. Sobering stuff for an animated movie that pitches itself somewhere between cutesy children’s entertainment and hectoring Grimm’s fairy tale. The problem with 9, though, is that it lacks a consistent tone.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Cavna
    Does 9 rival last year's "Wall E" as the best post-apocalyptic "cartoon"? The short answer is Nein. 9 is, however, a visual stunner.
  7. For all the Saturday-matinee heroics, the movie is dreary and monotonous, the vision junky in more ways than one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 76
  2. Negative: 13 out of 76
  1. Jan 5, 2013
    Very well directed. The plot is very unique and "9" has great attention to details. The screenplay was simply fantastic. I would recommend this movie to almost all ages. Expand
  2. Feb 6, 2012
    My only complaint? It was far too short. A universe like this can't be contained in an hour and 12 minutes. I would have liked to have seen more expansion on certain characters who, as a direct result of the limited length, got only a few lines in before dying. Expand
  3. Sep 13, 2013
    This Movie touched me because of the story and setting and its a great movie to watch with a friend if he's a Tim Burton fan and from the inspired short from 2005 from the director and the all star cast you should see it for your self and if they make a prequel or sequel i would love to watch it. Expand
  4. Mar 24, 2013
    Wonderful story line accompanied by gifted actors.
  5. Dec 10, 2012
    It was very nice animation, the characters were average nothing special, and a story that came out of nowhere, this last part might be the best part of the movie, an original story but predictable at the same time. Expand
  6. Aug 11, 2010
    Dull story and soulless characters. Decent animation. This is a film that doesn't know if it wants to be a children's movie or a dark, adult mystery, so it chooses to be neither, and that is its biggest failing. Expand
  7. Sep 25, 2010
    The only reason I watched this movie in the first place was because of Tim Burton, and I'm being nice by saying it was horrible. One of the worst movies ever. Expand

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