Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
  1. Though there is plenty of razzle-dazzle onscreen, Nine is unlikely to ignite many sparks among viewers.
  2. 50
    The movie is full of risible pontifications about the nature of art but falls well short of capturing the angst of creative frustration.
  3. It seems perverse to say a musical is at its best when nobody is singing, but Nine is a perverse kind of musical.
  4. 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.
  5. 50
    Nine is just plain adrift in its own lack of necessity.
  6. 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.
  7. Deft and fast-moving, but shouldn’t a musical have at least a few songs you can hum on your way home?
  8. Reviewed by: Alastair Plumb
    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.
  9. The numbers, while lively, remain cluttered and stage-bound. The women, however, are spirited and sexy.
  10. 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.
  11. 50
    Nine isn't so much a movie as it is a collection of standalone musical numbers, strung together by the thinnest of plots.
  12. 38
    In the clumsy hands of director Rob Marshall, this tacky, all-star botch more closely resembles a video catalog for Victoria’s Secret.
  13. A spectacle where A-list talent strives mightily to elevate a C-plus effort.
  14. 50
    Eventually, the inconsistency wears, and the film provokes mostly indifference and restlessness.
  15. 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.
  16. 75
    Rob Marshall's flawed but frequently dazzling Nine is a hot-blooded musical fantasia full of song, dance, raging emotion and simmering sexuality.
  17. 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.
  18. John Lennon once said, "There's a great woman behind every idiot." This time, I'm counting seven of them.
  19. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    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?
  20. 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.
  21. 50
    A joyless trudge, particularly when compared to Fellini’s vibrant original?
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 50
    One is forced to ask: who wants to make, or watch, a major Hollywood musical about mental block?
  25. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    After a while, Nine plays like some Hollywood charity revue.
  26. Let’s not dance around it: Nine--is a dud.
  27. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    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.
  28. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Sophisticated, sexy and stylishly decked out, Rob Marshall's disciplined, tightly focused film impresses and amuses.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 219 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 81
  2. Negative: 32 out of 81
  1. Sep 29, 2011
    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
    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
    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 »