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49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
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  1. 50
    Nine is just plain adrift in its own lack of necessity.
  2. The numbers, while lively, remain cluttered and stage-bound. The women, however, are spirited and sexy.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    We'd all like to live in an Italian movie. So says a character in Nine, and it's probably the best line in this musical misfire.
  4. 50
    The movie is full of risible pontifications about the nature of art but falls well short of capturing the angst of creative frustration.
  5. 50
    Nine isn't so much a movie as it is a collection of standalone musical numbers, strung together by the thinnest of plots.
  6. 60
    All of these women, and Day-Lewis too, sing and dance vigorously and enthusiastically throughout Nine, and the results are spotty, though you can't accuse anyone of not trying.
  7. 50
    With its stagy dance numbers, this reminded me more of Bob Fosse's confessional musical "All That Jazz" than "8 1/2," though it suffers from comparison to either, given that Marshall is several steps removed from Fellini's feverish self-investigation.
  8. Though there is plenty of razzle-dazzle onscreen, Nine is unlikely to ignite many sparks among viewers.
  9. 50
    Eventually, the inconsistency wears, and the film provokes mostly indifference and restlessness.
  10. 50
    A joyless trudge, particularly when compared to Fellini’s vibrant original?
  11. The disappointments here are many, from a starry cast the film ill-uses to flat musical numbers that never fully integrate into the dramatic story. The only easy prediction is that Nine is not going to revive the slumbering musical-film genre.
  12. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    After a while, Nine plays like some Hollywood charity revue.
  13. Let’s not dance around it: Nine--is a dud.
  14. 50
    One is forced to ask: who wants to make, or watch, a major Hollywood musical about mental block?
  15. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    60
    This kind of movie is superfluous yet strangely compelling. We don't need to see Daniel Day-Lewis and Nicole Kidman sing a duet next to a Roman fountain any more than we need to see an elephant pirouette in a tutu, but wouldn't you be crazy to pass up the opportunity to see either?
User Score
4.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 223 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 81
  2. Negative: 32 out of 81
  1. Sep 29, 2011
    6
    Yes, "Nine" is not a strong movie and I also agree that Federico Fellini would have despised it. But the veteran actors (especially Daniel DayYes, "Nine" is not a strong movie and I also agree that Federico Fellini would have despised it. But the veteran actors (especially Daniel Day Lewis) saves the day for the movie. Full Review »
  2. Dec 24, 2012
    10
    Rob Marshall proves here that he still having the talent that made Chicago a Best picture winning,it has strong performances from Daniel DayRob Marshall proves here that he still having the talent that made Chicago a Best picture winning,it has strong performances from Daniel Day Lewis and Marion Cotillard and dazzling musical sequences. Full Review »
  3. Jan 16, 2011
    0
    Unbelievable trash - Fellini would turn in his grave. Daniel Day Lewis and Kate Hudson will be ashamed of playing in this forever. Judy DenchUnbelievable trash - Fellini would turn in his grave. Daniel Day Lewis and Kate Hudson will be ashamed of playing in this forever. Judy Dench - totally miscast. Worst musical score I've ever heard. Cheesy, ugly and pathetic. Zero points. Full Review »