Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
  1. 50
    Nine is just plain adrift in its own lack of necessity.
  2. 75
    Despite following its stage inspiration and bringing structure to Fellini's "8 1/2" (the ultimate source material), Nine still suffers at times from a lack of narrative drive and it doesn't have the surreal, dreamlike quality of "8 1/2" to fall back upon.
  3. The numbers, while lively, remain cluttered and stage-bound. The women, however, are spirited and sexy.
  4. 38
    In the clumsy hands of director Rob Marshall, this tacky, all-star botch more closely resembles a video catalog for Victoria’s Secret.
  5. 75
    Rob Marshall's flawed but frequently dazzling Nine is a hot-blooded musical fantasia full of song, dance, raging emotion and simmering sexuality.
  6. John Lennon once said, "There's a great woman behind every idiot." This time, I'm counting seven of them.
  7. The carnival is loud, brash, brassy, sexy and sometimes tacky or silly, but always entertaining.
  8. 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.
  9. 50
    Nine isn't so much a movie as it is a collection of standalone musical numbers, strung together by the thinnest of plots.
  10. 50
    The movie is full of risible pontifications about the nature of art but falls well short of capturing the angst of creative frustration.
  11. 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.
  12. Deft and fast-moving, but shouldn’t a musical have at least a few songs you can hum on your way home?
  13. 30
    Straining to capture artistic frenzy, it descends into vulgar chaos, less a homage to Federico Fellini’s “8 ½” (its putative inspiration) than a travesty.
  14. Though there is plenty of razzle-dazzle onscreen, Nine is unlikely to ignite many sparks among viewers.
  15. It seems perverse to say a musical is at its best when nobody is singing, but Nine is a perverse kind of musical.
  16. The movie is shot and edited like a two-hour trailer for itself. As such, it's not hard to take, but you do tend to wonder when the film itself is going to start.
  17. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    Sophisticated, sexy and stylishly decked out, Rob Marshall's disciplined, tightly focused film impresses and amuses.
  18. 50
    Eventually, the inconsistency wears, and the film provokes mostly indifference and restlessness.
  19. A spectacle where A-list talent strives mightily to elevate a C-plus effort.
  20. 25
    It's a film within a film about a film within a film, and seems to lose layers of authenticity with each iteration, finally becoming a profoundly alienating experience.
  21. 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.
  22. 50
    A joyless trudge, particularly when compared to Fellini’s vibrant original?
  23. 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.
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    After a while, Nine plays like some Hollywood charity revue.
  25. As much Fosse as Fellini. It’s a shadow of a shadow, refracted through a fun-house mirror. For all the noise and color, it feels like an exercise and not a natural expression.
  26. Let’s not dance around it: Nine--is a dud.
  27. 50
    One is forced to ask: who wants to make, or watch, a major Hollywood musical about mental block?
  28. Because Nine is a musical, it would help if your leading man could sing, and I don't mean carry a tune, but actually flex some vocal muscle. Again, love Daniel Day-Lewis, excellent racing shirtless through the forest, but a song-and-dance man he is not. So what does that leave Nine with? Well not much.
  29. Reviewed by: Alastair Plumb
    80
    Though slightly marred by a clunky structure and a lack of truly catchy tunes, Nine’s wall-to-wall first-rate performances from its stellar cast (especially Cotillard) add a touch of class.
  30. 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?
  31. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    30
    Wisely keeping her distance, Cotillard mostly lurks along the sidelines projecting a wounded visage, before finally stepping into the spotlight for the movie's single moment of emotional sincerity. It's the only point at which Nine seems more than a total zero.
User Score
4.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 216 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 79
  2. Negative: 32 out of 79
  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 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 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 Dench - totally miscast. Worst musical score I've ever heard. Cheesy, ugly and pathetic. Zero points. Full Review »