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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 38
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Subliminally speaking, you may not like this movie because it goes so far. Or, you may not like it because it stops short. Or you may like it for one of the above reasons. [21 Feb 1986, p.68] show more

  • 60
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    The movie that remains is lovely to look at, but spiritless, a listless coquette. But then, 9 1/2 Weeks isn't about talk. It isn't about sadomasochism. It isn't even about sex. It's about looking good. [20 Feb 1986, p.1] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A project of this sort depends crucially on the chemistry between its actors, and Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke develop an erotic tension in this movie that is convincing, complicated and sensual. show more

  • 88
    Boston Globe

    This rather simple story, played with stunning conviction by Rourke and Basinger, achieves its apex through director Adrian Lyne's steamy direction. Yet, it's not nasty enough. [14 Mar 1986, p.11] show more

  • 63
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    There is something very wrong with the attempt of Nine 1/2 Weeks to excite the sensualists and appease the moralists at the same time. Most of the sex is fairly mild, but there are hints of what Nine 1/2 Weeks must have been before Lyne was forced to recut it. [21 Feb 1986, p.C1] show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    As so often happens in Hollywood, what is advertised as daring and provocative turns out to be glib, essentially tame, and largely soporific. show more

  • 38
    Chicago Tribune

    If an erotic portrayal of John and Elizabeth's sexual inclinations was all director Adrian Lyne had wanted to accomplish, he might have succeeded. But he was not satisfied with that. [21 Feb 1986, p.A] show more

  • 60

    Erotic at times, certainly, but that's down to the appeal of it's stars and not the minimal clean lines vs. heavenly bodies approach of director Adrian Lyne. show more

  • 50
    Vincent Canby The New York Times

    In 9 1/2 Weeks, he has created a work that might well qualify as a truly nouveau film. Here is a movie in which actors impersonating characters are blended into the decor so completely that they take on the properties of animated products, no more or less important than exquisitely photographed strawberries.[21 Feb 1986, p.C17] show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    Despite a monotonously fashionable mise-en-scene, Lyne generates some genuine erotic tension between his two stars; you believe in their obsessive relationship, even as most of the action and staging registers as ridiculous. show more

  • May 23, 2011 tk00000000090885
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    I found this movie almost scary in it\'s ability to catch you up in the slow build, without giving anything away, from \"normal\" to \"not.\" Really awesome! And really awesome to watch with someone you\'re hot for!! Quite sexy!

  • February 26, 2011 codeenginc
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    d best

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