In a post-apocalyptic world, a sentient rag doll (Elijah Wood) convinces its comrades that they must take the offensive against the machines that threaten to destroy them.
" 9 is a captivating film with much to say about the human spirit -- even if humans are nowhere to be found. "
" Acker isn't taking us over the rainbow, but he has brought us someplace daring and new, and he makes you anxious to see what other destinations he has in mind. "
" Acker, whose gifts for mood, design, and character design are impressive enough to have attracted Tim Burton as a producer, is more of an artist than a storyteller. "
" Fans of sophisticated, adult-oriented animation may savor Acker's elaborate visuals. Younger children, however, might wonder why they sat through all the terror. "
" It might have been an opportunity for the sort of challenging speculation sci-fi is best at, however, and the best reason to see it is simply because of the creativity of its visuals. "
" It signals the arrival of Shane Acker as an audacious new talent to watch. "
" It would be a shame if the most exciting and thoughtful CGI action movie of the year didn't find an audience because the film's heroes fail to pass the suspiciously high superhero-fitness test. "
" Save the voice work, which is celebrity-heavy and mostly undistinguished, 9 is a marvel to take in, especially the individual character designs. "
" The expanded cast of creatures looks great, dressed and animated in the homespun style Acker calls ''stitchpunk.'' "
" The post-apocalyptic adventure 9 adds up to everything except an obvious audience. "
" The result is never as gripping in narrative terms -- a well-worn litany of dystopian-future chestnuts -- as it is visually, but Acker keeps things moving briskly for the movie's 70-odd minutes. "
" [Its] splendid visuals are dragged down by a tedious story. "
" Acker has created a fitful combination of beautiful, dreamlike images that never knit together forcefully enough to seem individual or convincing. "
" Exquisite visuals aside, 9 plays like a sock monkey version of Doom. "
" In movies, our technology is so often the ruin of us. We got that message from Stanley Kubrick way back when, and we get it now. But couldn't filmmakers let something else ruin us for a change? Even the apocalypse needs variety. "
" It's easy to see why Acker's gifts caught the attention of these directors; he's a visual craftsman of no little promise. Now if he can just stitch together a story with the same loving care that went into creating those digital burlap dolls... "
" It's too bad the thin story didn't match the stylishly haunting visuals. "
" One wonders, in fact, if 9 should have stuck with its original short format. "
" This film will surely be remembered as an intriguing failure: a triumph of ambition over ability, of ideas over emotional resonance - just another grim fairy tale for these troubled times. "
" What's lost in Acker's showdown between diminutive ragdolls and a soul-eating, scarlet-eyed spider-machine is any hint of grandeur, the overarching sense of something of inestimable value at risk. "
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