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  • Summary: The Nines consists of three short films, each featuring the same actors in different--and sometimes overlapping--roles. Together, the three stories form a single narrative that explores the relationships between author and character, actor and role, creator and creation. Alternately funny and unsettling, The Nines is like a riddle where the answer is the question: "How does it all add up?" (Newmarket Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. It's an intricate, at times incoherent, but often funny and consistently fascinating trio of stories with the same actors in different but related roles.
  2. John August directs it briskly, as a gossip-era "Twilight Zone" of image and reality.
  3. Reviewed by: Jamie Tipps
    70
    This movie is metaphysical fun, and while some elements are predictable, it’s an engaging mystery.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    60
    The Nines arcs from witty Hollywood insiderdom to a climactic metaphysical leap that may leave many viewers nonplussed. Nonetheless, there's more than enough intelligence, intrigue and performance dazzle to make this an adventuresome gizmo for grownups.
  5. 50
    The movie never fails to be crisply written and cannily delivered, but it's way too steeped in TV-culture inside jokes for its own good, and August's attempts to suffuse the whole thing with ontological or theological meaning are ultimately pretty dumb.
  6. Think of it as a kind of “Twilight Zone 2007” in which the paranoia endemic to an industry that runs on illusion, hype and extravagant grandiosity comes home to roost.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    30
    It's hardly a novel idea, but at least when Kaufman, David Lynch, or Michel Gondry invites us on a tour of his chaotic subconscious, it's a fascinating place to visit. Plunging into August's gray matter is more like a season in vacation hell.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 17, 2010
    7
    It is a clever concept but it isn't presented in the way in which it would of earned a higher rating in my book. The woman in it is especially annoying, if only the man could of used his power as a '9' to get rid of her from the beginning. Collapse

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