(I) (2009)

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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
The best reason to see it is simply because of the creativity of its visuals. They're entrancing.
75
Taking your very small child to this movie is only a slightly better idea than a trip to "The Final Destination." With that warning out of the way, this action adventure is a big treat for more mature animation and science-fiction fans and a triumph for the young director.
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.
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.
63
I only wish this richly imaginative movie had stayed truer to the dark heart of its visuals.
63
In 50 years, film lovers will look back on 9 as the debut feature of an original talent.
60
Shane Acker's underwritten but beautifully animated debut is both an ode to technology and a warning against it. Perhaps unintentionally, the film itself echoes those themes.
50
Long on imaginative design but less substantial in narrative, this dreary story of fighting the power is more numbing than thought-provoking.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
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.

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