Nine Queens

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80

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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

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  • Summary: Set in Buenos Aires, this is the story of two small-time swindlers who team up after meeting in a convenience store and become involved in a half million-dollar deal. (Sony Pictures Classics)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. As tricky and satisfying as any of David Mamet's airless cinematic shell games. Mamet's films are all plot and no atmosphere; this one has a squalid, urban-greed-meets-the-gutter mood that lends its filigreed cleverness an unusually resonant kick.
  2. Two suggestions as you watch it: Never take anything for granted, and keep your hand on your wallet as you leave the theater.
  3. If Nine Queens were a great film, instead of just a very good one, this rottenness would be so pervasive that it would burst the bounds of the plot; it would make us shudder.
  4. 80
    Writer-director Fabián Bielinsky's devilish Nine Queens serves as further evidence that Argentina's film industry is at the forefront of a resurgent Latin American cinema.
  5. 75
    A con within a con within a con. There comes a time when we think we've gotten to the bottom, and then the floor gets pulled out again and we fall another level.
  6. Has a customarily jovial air but a deficit of flim-flam inventiveness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. May 21, 2016
    10
    The best argentinian film i have ever seen
    The writing is excellent, the acting is excellent (i love Ricardo Darin), the enviorment is
    The best argentinian film i have ever seen
    The writing is excellent, the acting is excellent (i love Ricardo Darin), the enviorment is excellent, the plot twist are excellent, the comedy and drama are excellent, and the whole movie can be timeless! I really love this movie!
    Its sad that the argentinian films arent that good as this one, and i say that because im argentinian and i enjoy more the american films. It definitely needs to be checked out.
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  2. Feb 9, 2012
    10
    A truly humorous, vibrant, delightful movie. It is engaging and never predictable -or very little. At times it is disturbing, andA truly humorous, vibrant, delightful movie. It is engaging and never predictable -or very little. At times it is disturbing, and occasionally moving, so the different elements created the best combination for a great film. The performances are outstanding! Particularly, Gaston Pauls' performance, he certainly is an excellent actor -and I heard he is directing too.The first time I watched this film was here in Australia. Personally, I believe South American movies are better than Mexicans, but I guess Mexican movies are more promoted since, that is the dominant Hispanic culture in the States, where the blockbusters movies come from. Unfortunately, Americans do not really know much about South America and its diversity and assume that all Latin American culture is the same and it is not. Argentina is a country where most of the people comes from European background; thus, their sense of aesthetics is atypical in comparison to most of other Latin American countries. Argentina is a country where Arts and theatre have definitely the highest standards of Latin America. The very famous Colon Theatre is in Buenos Aires. So, give Argentinian and other South American movies a go! I am sure you won't regret it. ...BTW, in case you wonder why I am so passionate about this movie, I have no Argentinian background..in fact, I am an Aussie, but I am merely stating the truth! Collapse
  3. Dec 6, 2014
    10
    Clever, funny, moving, catching and confusing. This movie has an excellent plot, brilliant performances, great scenes and a breathtakingClever, funny, moving, catching and confusing. This movie has an excellent plot, brilliant performances, great scenes and a breathtaking finale. While most people can feel entertained with it, only an Argentinian person (especially the one who was born and raised in Buenos Aires) will fully understand it. Expand
  4. MelR.
    Dec 27, 2006
    9
    It's great fun to be fooled once more after expecting to be fooled.
  5. Ivan
    Jan 25, 2007
    9
    Great movie. Funny but also dramatic. Has you wondering at every turn.
  6. Nov 16, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Nueve Reinas al principio es un poco confundido y despacio. Es decir, que todo vale la pena en verla al principio hasta el final porque veremos como los desiciones se desarrollen perfectamente. Lo recomiendo a gente que les gustan "thriller" y un poco de suspenso. Expand
  7. ButteredPopcorn
    May 12, 2007
    7
    For the most part I agree with other reviews here, but I would add that it seemed to go on a bit too long, to the point that the plot started For the most part I agree with other reviews here, but I would add that it seemed to go on a bit too long, to the point that the plot started to take a few turns for the sake of complexity in it's own right. And the ending left me cold. Yes, I suppose it could happen, but it revealed layers to certain characters that had not been developed at all. Surprise for it's own sake. I wish the idea of the underdog as overlooked genius had been developed more completely. Expand

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