(I) (2009)

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Metascore

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88
Any optimism in 9, which is bound to try the fortitude of meeker children, feels hard-won. It actually ends in a bittersweet mystery.
83
Storyboarded with precision, and enhanced with a resonant score by Deborah Lurie, Acker’s handsome, feature-length 9 is, for all its visual flights of fancy, grounded in an apocalypse-proof message graspable by any schoolchild.
75
This is post-apocalyptic adventure as imagined for a teen crowd, and what it lacks in depth it makes up for in action. With a slight running time of 80 minutes, 9 doesn't contain an ounce of fat on its animated bones.
75
Baltimore Sun
Not a perfect 10, but its imperfection is what makes it gripping and bewitching.
75
IF you ask me, Shane Acker's post-apocalyp tic animated film 9 is better than the live-ac tion flick "District 9." Beyond their similar titles, these sci-fi social commentaries are both expanded from shorts under the sponsorship of a world-class director.
63
Miami Herald
The film isn't particularly original, but its dark mood, end-of-times landscape and unique characters will seem fresher to the young audience for which it's aiming than to jaded sci-fi veterans.
60
Variety
Design aspects are arresting and the filmmaker's abilities are obvious, but the basic survival story remains slight, just as the general setting, no matter how artfully imagined, is by now pretty familiar.
60
Village Voice
The result is never as gripping in narrative terms--a well-worn litany of dystopian-future chestnuts--as it is visually.
50
9 never adds up to much. It's a dark adult film that gives itself over to the chases and frights of a kiddie movie.
40
For all the Saturday-matinee heroics, the movie is dreary and monotonous, the vision junky in more ways than one.

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