88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Any optimism in 9, which is bound to try the fortitude of meeker children, feels hard-won. It actually ends in a bittersweet mystery.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
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.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The best reason to see it is simply because of the creativity of its visuals. They're entrancing.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
In 50 years, film lovers will look back on 9 as the debut feature of an original talent.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
I only wish this richly imaginative movie had stayed truer to the dark heart of its visuals.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Long on imaginative design but less substantial in narrative, this dreary story of fighting the power is more numbing than thought-provoking.
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60 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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