Rated PG-13 · 118 minutes · 2009

Musical, Romance
One would think a musical starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Sophia Loren and other big stars would be an historical movie event. But directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago), this droning, repetitive project (based loosely on Federico Fellini’s 8 ½) is nothing of the sort. Day-Lewis plays Guido, a film director going through creative and romantic crises. His wife (Marion Cotillard), mistress (Cruz), star (Kidman) and mommy (Loren), along with a vogue reporter (Kate Hudson), all show up in poorly staged musical numbers. The exception is Cruz’s incredibly good dance routine, which comes early in the film and gets one’s hopes up. However, the numbers become less and less distinctive, with terrible songs accompanied by unexciting set pieces and sloppy editing. Day-Lewis is reduced to moping on the sidelines, and while the women all try their best, the material lets them down. Even though this is getting a bunch of awards nominations, it’s undeserving and one of this year’s biggest disappointments.
Official Site: weinsteinco.com/#/film/nine
Director: Rob Marshall
Producer: John DeLuca, Marc Platt, Harvey Weinstein, Rob Marshall, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Bob Weinstein, Kelly Carmichael and Michael Dreyer
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Fergie, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, Ricky Tognazzi, Giuseppe Cederna, Valerio Mastandrea, Elio Germano, Martina Stella, Roberto Nobile, Remo Remotti and Roberto Citran




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Colorado Springs Independent Greater than, less than 8 1/2 was brilliant, organic, authentic. Nine is clever, synthetic, ungenuine. by Jonathan Kiefer 12/24/2009
Memphis Flyer Nine by Chris Herrington 12/24/2009
The Coast Halifax Nine is not Italian Rob Marshall's song-and-dance take on Fellini's is pretty weak. by Mark Palermo 12/24/2009
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Portland Mercury The Women of Nine Not even Penélope Cruz in thigh-highs can save the dreary Nine. by Alison Hallett 12/24/2009
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel; Sherlock Holmes; Nine; It's Complicated 12/24/2009

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