(2009)

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80
Wall Street Journal
The carnival is loud, brash, brassy, sexy and sometimes tacky or silly, but always entertaining.
75
Rob Marshall's flawed but frequently dazzling Nine is a hot-blooded musical fantasia full of song, dance, raging emotion and simmering sexuality.
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.
63
A spectacle where A-list talent strives mightily to elevate a C-plus effort.
63
The movie is shot and edited like a two-hour trailer for itself. As such, it's not hard to take, but you do tend to wonder when the film itself is going to start.
63
It seems perverse to say a musical is at its best when nobody is singing, but Nine is a perverse kind of musical.
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
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.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
30
Because Nine is a musical, it would help if your leading man could sing, and I don't mean carry a tune, but actually flex some vocal muscle. Again, love Daniel Day-Lewis, excellent racing shirtless through the forest, but a song-and-dance man he is not. So what does that leave Nine with? Well not much.
25
John Lennon once said, "There's a great woman behind every idiot." This time, I'm counting seven of them.

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