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Based on 29 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 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. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's the emotional equivalent of a big shrug. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 30
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 63
    Allison Benedikt Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    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. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    It's a smart, provocative idea for a movie. I wish 9 Songs was that movie. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    With no previous acting experience, she's (Stilley) a natural between the sheets but a rank amateur between the vowels. show more

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