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Nine Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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Jen Yamato Profile

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  • 50

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    USA Today 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.

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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The numbers, while lively, remain cluttered and stage-bound. The women, however, are spirited and sexy.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    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.

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  • 80

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The carnival is loud, brash, brassy, sexy and sometimes tacky or silly, but always entertaining.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Sensual musical about love and art has mature themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this beautifully filmed, all-star musical from the director of Chicago (and based on Federico Fellini's classic, albeit mature, film 8 1/2) follows a tortured-genius film director (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his interactions with a series of women (played by the likes of Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, and even Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas) who've had an impact on his creative process. Though there's no actual sex or nudity, many of the songs focus on love, lust, and desire, and almost all of the dance numbers feature scantily clad dancers and suggestive lyrics/movements. There's also some smoking, drinking, and infrequent swearing. Younger viewers probably won’t be able to fully appreciate the movie's mature themes related to relationships and creative challenges, but the cast may draw them in anyway.

  • Families can talk about creativity. How does Guido try to jump-start the artistic process? How do his struggles affect the people around him? Does it work?
  • What do you think about Guido’s romantic entanglements? How does his wife feel about his obvious infidelity? Does he care?
  • How does the movie portray its female characters?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A self-centered and self-indulgent film director careens through life, focusing all of his energies of the creative process and paying no attention to how his actions affect others, including his neglected wife, the mistress he takes for granted, and the many people involved in a major film project that can't move forward until he completes the script.

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    Role models: Guido is tortured by the creative spirit. His artistic impulses consume him, leaving him unable to manage the more mundane activities of his life, including remaining faithful to his wife or completing (or beginning, actually) the much-needed script for a major movie that's about to begin production. The film shows the dark side of genius and could make the life of an artist seem less than appealing to viewers who might otherwise harbor a bit of jealousy for such a glamorous lifestyle. On the up side, the movie features many strong female characters.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some dance sequences feature aggressive movements, but the effect is more dramatic than violent.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Frequent sexual situations, but no nudity or love scenes. Characters often discuss sex and desire, and many of the dance sequences feature women in skimpy costumes performing suggestive movements. One song focuses exclusively on a woman’s desire for her partner and includes very racy lyrics and sexy motions.

  • language false2

    Language: Not much swearing, though some characters do refer to each other as “ass” and “whore.” Also a few uses of exclamations like "hell" and "my God."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters (all adults) smoke cigarettes often and drink socially at parties and dinners.