Up in the Air appears to have an inside track for Best Picture, but don't count out Nine, a musical directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, and Sophia Loren!
"...smart, sexy, occasionally sorrowful film adaptation of the 1982 Broadway show...."
— Matt Wolf, Telegraph (U.K.)
"...one of those rare things: a sombre musical, as gritty as it is glittery."
— Tim Teeman, Times (U.K.)
"...Rob Marshall's disciplined, tightly focused film impresses and amuses as it extravagantly renders the creative crisis of a middle-aged Italian director, circa 1965."
— Todd McCarthy, Variety
"For a musical, Nine is often an introspective, sombre piece, and the film’s sign-off feels particularly anti-climactic and downbeat."
— Dave Calhoun, Time Out London
"Nine marks the number of terrific acting and singing talents poorly used in this flat rendition of the Broadway musical."
— Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter