63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Michael Winterbottom nakedly goes where no "respectable" director has gone before - to sex and beyond! His provocative 9 Songs is the first movie by a director of Winterbottom's standing to depict real, uncensored sex between its lead actors.
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63

New York Post

The film accurately reminds you, if you need reminding, what it's like to have your mind hijacked by somebody's body.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's the emotional equivalent of a big shrug.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Allison Benedikt
Ingenious with his use of music and hypnotic pacing, Winterbottom keeps us in his world as usual. But this time that world feels ever more gratuitous, meandering and puzzling, with sex that's less and less authentic even though it's real.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's a smart, provocative idea for a movie. I wish 9 Songs was that movie.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
It's always hard to predict what Winterbottom will try next, but this experiment isn't worth repeating, the lively concert scenes notwithstanding. Be forewarned that the sexual scenes aren't simulated.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Nobody will go to see Michael Winterbottom's sexually explicit, novelty-act drama - a naughty peep show for sobersides, disguised as a nature documentary - to hear the songs; everyone will go to see the shagging, which occupies the majority of the screen time.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
As an idea, the film is fascinating, but as an experience it grows tedious; the concerts lack closeups, the sex lacks context, and Antarctica could use a few penguins.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
An examination of a sexual relationship that's about as viscerally explicit as hardcore can get...But as satisfying viewing experiences go, the film comes up mighty short in terms of story, interesting characters and technical prowess.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

This disappointing new film from director Michael Winterbottom ("24 Hour Party People") suffers from a similar malaise: It's poetic and pretty, strives for profundity without attaining it, and finally ends up saying nothing.
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43 out of 100
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