Stories revolve around an unstable woman, a teen and her disabled father, former lovers, a cancer patient (Kathy Baker) and a prisoner (Elpidia Carrillo).
" [Garcia] leaves you thinking deeply about these people. And leaves you wanting more. "
" A disturbingly frank look at people and relationships in contemporary Los Angeles and a thrilling dramatic showcase for a brilliant cast. "
" A fascinating series of vignettes. "
" A sophisticated, elegant-looking film shot in distinctive, wide-ranging L.A. locales, but its real terrain is the human heart, explored with compassion and respect. "
" As delicately and precisely constructed as a spider's web, Nine Lives is a quiet triumph. "
" Composed of nine short films, each starring some of the best female actors working, though many of them aren't working enough. "
" I thought this was a great film. "
" In looking at the lives of nine very different women, Garcia often seems to be closing in on something essential, small suggestive moments that attempt to resonate with meaning. Some do. Some don't. "
" It feels like real life, in nine acts. "
" Nine Lives is an elegant film of quick, tour-de-force acting turns, a simple actor's gesture that tells you more than four pages of dialogue, a movie that demands concentration but that rewards the viewer willing to pay attention. "
" 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. "
" Some parts are stronger than others, but as a fleshed-out artistic vision, Nine Lives works remarkably well. "
" The cast steps up, embracing the chance to exercise acting chops normally limited to live theater. Most do so resoundingly, but two stand out: Robin Wright Penn and Jason Isaacs. "
" The cumulative effect of the rigorously controlled and purposive camera style adds up in the end to a collective portrait of womankind that is greater than the sum of its parts. "
" The greatest short story writers, like William Trevor and Alice Munro, can awe us; their stories are short but not small. Here Rodrigo Garcia does the same thing. "
" The moments that Garcia has chosen to observe are unforgettable, the women -- played by an ensemble of actresses at the top of their respective games -- indelible. "
" The stories are sketches, often without resolution, and while individual segments succeed admirably, taken together the portraits are a fitful match. "
" For a film centered on connection and continuity, Nine Lives is curiously erratic. "
" What's the point? If I wanted to spend 12 minutes watching someone pushing a cart around a grocery store, I'd go to the local A&P, not sit in a movie theater. "
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