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  • Summary: Nine Lives is a moving exploration of the individual experiences of nine women as told through nine single unbroken takes. As characters from one story reappear in supporting roles in others, Rodrigo Garcia interweaves a grand tapestry of universal resonance that hinges on performances from an incredible ensemble. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. This beautifully sculpted poetic naturalism has more in common with the expressive use of words in the great screenplays of '40s and '50s than with modern movies.
  2. Together, however, they add up to a film that may be the closest movies have come to the cinematic equivalent of a collection of Chekhov short stories.
  3. Reviewed by: Rory L. Aronsky
    Garcia is a thoughtful filmmaker not only by the group of actors he has gathered, but in remembering that there has been and will be people watching his movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Though the episodic structure results in a whole not quite equal to some of its parts, pic is an unusually tender, perceptive character study buoyed by stellar performances from a who's who of talented (and many underused) actresses.
  5. A couple of the stories don't quite accomplish what Rodrigo intends, but most are poignant, disturbing, and superbly acted.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Not all of Nine Lives clicks, but at its best it finds an inarticulate sisterly solace that makes you want to see what this director could do with one life per film.
  7. 38
    Movies like this usually have something interesting to say about the human condition, but not Nine Lives. It makes an insufferably obvious observation: we live boring lives, shit happens, and we die.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. MarjorieC.
    Oct 23, 2005
    Remarkable and moving.
  2. MichaelB.
    Oct 16, 2005
    This movie was one of the best of the year. It deserves to be nominated for numerous film awards throughout the year. SAG nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman, Elpidia Carrillo, Glenn Close, Stephen Dillane, Dakota Fanning, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Holly Hunter, Robin Wright Penn, and Sissy Spacek and an Oscar for Dakota Fanning!! Expand
  3. tokiasme
    Dec 17, 2007
    Lovely, touching and profound.
  4. RhettW.
    Dec 28, 2005
    The two stories featuring Robin Wright Penn and Kathy Baker were exceptional.
  5. RichK.
    Feb 21, 2006
    It's nice to see a movie shot like like a play -- each vignette is one continuous shot. But in this play the damaged female characters seem to be living in a play, some other play that we're not privy to. In 2006 a film of distant, unaccountable dreamworlds is not a vision, it's claustrophobia. Expand
  6. AwalK.
    Apr 9, 2006
    Average. While certain stories stand out - Robin Wright at the supermarket and Glenn Close at the cemetary - most are rather boring. I thought the nine different stories should have been more connected and weaved together. I don't expect 'Crash' or 'Pulp Fiction' but this movie seemed rather disjointed. The cinematography (each vignette is one long, continuous shot) is extraordianry, though. Expand
  7. Shauna
    Apr 12, 2006
    Terrible! what was the point of this? the last story was the worst. i thought it was alright, thinking that everything was going to be connected in the end but no! nothing! terrible movie. I watched it because the other user comments made it seem like anyone who likes art movies would like it, but i love art movies and this sucked! Expand

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