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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    An emotionally satisfying example of a genre whose sketchiness can be off-putting. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    In refusing to pigeonhole its characters, Nine Lives is less like those L.A. road-rage melodramas "Short Cuts" and "Crash" than those all-of-us-are-interconnected dramas "Amores Perros" and "21 Grams." show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A couple of the stories don't quite accomplish what Rodrigo intends, but most are poignant, disturbing, and superbly acted. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A bold film both in its storytelling strategies and its filmmaking logistics. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A movie like this, with the appearance of new characters and situations, focuses us; we watch more intently, because it is important what happens. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A disturbingly frank look at people and relationships in contemporary Los Angeles and a thrilling dramatic showcase for a brilliant cast. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Beautifully acted and emotionally devastating. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Not all of Nine Lives clicks, but at its best it finds an inarticulate sisterly solace that makes you want to see what this director could do with one life per film. show more

  • 63
    New York Post

    Nine Lives hands the viewer a lot of work -- learning a whole new set of characters every few minutes -- for a disappointing wage. The bad stories waste your time, and the good ones leave you unsatisfied. show more

  • 38
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Movies like this usually have something interesting to say about the human condition, but not Nine Lives. It makes an insufferably obvious observation: we live boring lives, shit happens, and we die. show more

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