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anime & animation, sci-fi & fantasy

From filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov comes this stunning epic about nine creations that find that if they band together, they might be able to change the course of history.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
4 out of 5

Visually stunning but scary fantasy for older tweens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this dark, futuristic Tim Burton-produced fantasy may be animated, but it's not meant for younger kids. Violence and scary scenes are prevalent throughout the film, with the main characters frequently battling killer robotic machines -- which are merciless as they pursue (and, in several cases, kill) their ragdoll-like prey in frightening ways. The robots also make alarming noises and often pop up out of the blue. Dead human bodies are shown briefly, but there's no gore. On the up side, despite the movie's ominous tone and frequent peril and violence, there's no language, drinking, consumerism, or sexual content.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence and scary scenes. Is it any less scary because humans aren't involved, or is it still intense?
  • What is the movie saying about technology? Is technology portrayed negatively in other films?
  • Who do you think the movie's intended audience is? Do you think young kids will want to see it?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: For all the Saturday-matinee heroics, the movie is dreary and monotonous, the vision junky in more ways than one.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Gorgeously animated, beautifully executed and incredibly imaginative, Shane Acker's 9 manages to nonetheless feel a little bit like something you've seen before.

- Giles Hardie,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Looking like a rag-doll version of Terminator Salvation, the film boasts an arresting visual style.

- Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Interesting take on the dark apocalyptic future world genre. The movie is excellent. Well done. Great voice talents and amazing attention to detail by Shane Acker.

- jmanard52, Wednesday, December 30, 2009

3 stars

"We had such potential. Such promise. But we squandered our gifts. And so, 9, I am creating you. Our world is ending. Life must go on." After directing several short films, of which one film in particular gained lots of praise from the critics, Shane Acker got his shot of making a feature animated film. '9' is based on his award winning short film, which was Oscar nominated for best animated short back in 2005. Has the magic of the 10 minute short transferred to the 80 minute feature? '9' is a vision of a post apocalyptic world where mankind has created machines which eventually turned against them. ('Terminator', anyone?) The world has gotten to its end and all that is left are evil machines and good human-like rag dolls, a scientist ensurement that "life" would go on. He has transferred his parts of his soul by the use of a talisman, which the evil machines also want their hands on, as it is a source of life. Is there any hope for future life? Tim Burton is one of the producers of '9' and one of the main reasons why I wanted to see this film. But I'm glad to say that his "handprint" isn't that clear to be seen. We're used to see that Burton's vision in his films are often bleak, dirty and full of danger. There's all that in here too, but I'm glad to say that the magic of the original short film has transferred nicely to the big screen. Shane Acker is, in my opinion, after this film a considerable director and I'm eager to see what he comes up with next. But after saying that, I'm ready to come up with the negative aspects of '9'. The script is in the end very weak. The dialogue can be at times very boring and it feels as if the movie drags on a bit on a few occasions. It is in the end quite simple and too familiar. There's no surprise elements in the movie and the script just doesn't give the well-known voice cast the best keys to appeal the audience feelings. In the end, the rag dolls are quit lifeless. There's no spark in 'em. And there's like zero humor in '9'... And back to the good stuff. The animation is wonderful. I enjoyed it a lot and there's a nice touch to detail in the film. The coloring of the world doesn't give that much hope and gives an extra punch to the whole misery factor. But then again, some occasional glimpses of lifely colors give some hope to the world. In overall, nothing spectacular but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Did any of you see the resemblences between 8 and Oogie Boogie from Burton's 'A Nightmare Before Christmas'..? '9' wasn't a huge success at the Box Office. Sure it got its money back but the main reason why it did not do a phenomenal run was the fact that this is not for the kids. Focus Features that distributed '9' has also released 'Coraline' and if you've seen 'em both, I'm sure that you'll agree me on this. Not for the smallest kids. But the more mature fans of animation will surely like '9' because of its vision, its looks but I'm afraid to say that, the unsurprising script will leave you wanting for more.

- TheMachinist, Monday, September 27, 2010

3 stars

From a visual standpoint, 9 is astonishingly fantastic. But unfortunately, when the powers that be in charge of making brilliant-looking animated movies do so, the stories are rarely as great as the animation. So 9 breaks no new ground there. However, 9 is also a quick, dark watch that leaves you with very little right to gripe too much even if you don't wind up liking it. Admittedly, the voice casting was a bit on the weak side and the aforementioned story left a lot to be desired, but the monkeys-captivated-by-shiny-things mentality that many moviegoers seem to have (myself included sometimes -- hence the 3 1/2 star rating I sure as shit wouldn't have given a live-action version of this movie) won't let you get too upset about it...

- mjgildea, Friday, August 20, 2010