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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

2 stars

9 may be an animated film, but the whole hour and fifteen minutes has a certain feeling of darkness and dread hanging right above you. Call it good or bad, but this film just has Tim Burton written all over it. If you want a basic idea of what 9 is, think of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Then take away the music. Then make it ten times darker. Then add dolls that are used more in a science-y way than a "voodoo magic" way. There you have it. Okay, Tim Burton is one good director/producer/screenwriter. But 9, unfortunately, is one of his worst films. We expected so much of it, and the visual we got was fantastic: it was well-animated and all. But as for the plot, we didn't get much. Burton usually has a very interesting plot in his films. Even in BIG FISH, which seemed like a big jump for him, he did a surreal take on a life story. 9 just has little to no storyline, and once it has ended, we have question marks over our heads.

- spielberg00, Friday, October 21, 2011

3 stars

An interesting tale of several 'puppets' but I had no sympathy for them. The world was destroyed and these tiny things were supposed to fight back against the massive machines that were constantly destroying it. A good cast and an imaginative world exploring what would happen if machines took over but I wasn't very entertained.

- StarCrossedVoyager, Saturday, October 8, 2011

2 stars

This film does have a concept that could have worked much better in a more assured and creative hands. Now it is mostly just a wasted potential of imaginaton and takes itself way too serious. Somewhere behind it's paper thin script and half baked ideas there lies a something that propably was a coherent story, but now it is just animation without a good story or without that much sense. It also doesn't help that they made this film so as serious as it is. 9 is a film which is at times too dark for little kids and still a film that feels a bit silly with it's seriouness when it comes to adult audiences. It is clear that director/writer Shane Acker film supposed to be somekind of a hybrid between serious post-apocalyptic sci-fi and pure childrens adventure, but what Ackers forgets is that one of the most important things while making animation is to give it a heart and soul. That's what 9 is especially one major thing that his film is lacking, the emotions that would make us in the audience care about these characters. Now it is just a series of visual gimmicks and couple nice ideas, nothing much else. The biggest problem and question with Acker's film is that why should we care about any of these ragdolls and their fate? They are animated with careful and creative touch but under their surface Acker and his team cannot make them anything more than a lifeless puppets. 9 is a film which does has it's moments and a film that occasionally wakes up from it's frim sleep, but only occasionally. Overall this could have been so much better as a film.

- emilkakko, Saturday, December 22, 2012