(2009)

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80
Variety
Sophisticated, sexy and stylishly decked out, Rob Marshall's disciplined, tightly focused film impresses and amuses.
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.
75
Rolling Stone
Rob Marshall's flawed but frequently dazzling Nine is a hot-blooded musical fantasia full of song, dance, raging emotion and simmering sexuality.
60
The magic simply isn't there.
50
The numbers, while lively, remain cluttered and stage-bound. The women, however, are spirited and sexy.
50
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.
50
One is forced to ask: who wants to make, or watch, a major Hollywood musical about mental block?
50
A joyless trudge, particularly when compared to Fellini’s vibrant original?
40
Let’s not dance around it: Nine--is a dud.
30
Village Voice
Wisely keeping her distance, Cotillard mostly lurks along the sidelines projecting a wounded visage, before finally stepping into the spotlight for the movie's single moment of emotional sincerity. It's the only point at which Nine seems more than a total zero.

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