The Nines Synopsis
Three stories: ''The Prisoner,'' ''Reality Television'' and ''Knowing.''
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It's an intricate, at times incoherent, but often funny and consistently fascinating trio of stories with the same actors in different but...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
John August directs it briskly, as a gossip-era "Twilight Zone" of image and reality.
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70

Film Threat

This movie is metaphysical fun, and while some elements are predictable, it’s an engaging mystery.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Carina Chocano
Rather than come across as fantastic or dreamlike, the stories have a vivid, hyperreal quality to them.
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The payoff fizzles, but the buildup is intriguing until it topples under its own weight.
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63

Premiere

By Aaron Hillis
It's an overall heady conceit about image and invention, clever and fun with compelling lead performances -- especially Reynolds, who...
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60

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
The Nines arcs from witty Hollywood insiderdom to a climactic metaphysical leap that may leave many viewers nonplussed. Nonetheless,...
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50

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
The movie never fails to be crisply written and cannily delivered, but it's way too steeped in TV-culture inside jokes for its own good,...
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38

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Wavers uncomfortably between satire and dime-store existentialism on the big screen. It's sort of as if Charlie Kaufman rewrote "The...
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30

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
The Nines is the feature-film-directing debut from screenwriter John August (Go, Big Fish), but it feels much more like some Bizarro World...
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Bring your brain and prepare to use it...just a little.

By sarossell
With so many current movies requiring little more of you than to simply show up, this movie is a refreshing change. But see it now while it's in limited release to show your support for intelligent...

REALLY intriguing (but a bit of a cheeseball ending)

By retrospartacus
Extremely well-written, John August should be commended for another thrilling, tri-segmented plot a la GO. Ryan Reynolds is the true surprise, carrying the film on his shoulders in a manner (having...

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Rated R | For language, some drug content and sexuality
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