- Award Snub: The studio tried to get a nomination for Marion Cotillard but it didn't happen, despite most critics praising her as the best part of the film, and her intense performance of "Take It All" (which did get a nom).
- Best Known for the Fanservice: Penélope Cruz in lingerie on a swing, Kate Hudson dancing in a Stripperiffic costume, Fergie pouring sand all over herself and Marion Cotillard stripping off intensely. Partially justified since the main character is a bit of a lech.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Stephanie is one of the favourites in the movie adaptation. Her (movie only!) song "Cinema Italiano" is hugely catchy, and Kate Hudson received lots of praise for it. The other popular movie character is Saraghina, thanks to Fergie's impressive performance.
- Jerkass Woobie: Guido may be an idiotic Manchild who can't keep it in his pants. But it's hard not to feel a little sorry for him as his entire life crashes around him.
- Just Here for Godzilla: Some agree that Marion Cotillard is the best part of the film, citing that it's worth watching only for her powerful performance of "Take It All".
- One-Scene Wonder: Fergie as Saraghina for the extremely memorable "Be Italian" sequence.
- She Really Can Act: A variation. Kate Hudson showed that she could really dance. Even the negative reviews expressed pleasant surprise.
- So Okay, It's Average: General consensus is that the film is too clunky with its pacing but the performances salvage it somewhat.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Fans of the stage musical weren't happy about a lot of the original score being cut for the film adaptation.
- Took the Bad Film Seriously: The film was considered by many to be a catastrophe, but Daniel Day-Lewis delved into his character just as much as he has in any other character he's ever played. Many critics wondered if it would hurt his mostly unblemished career at all. He's seconded by Marion Cotillard, who director Rob Marshall viewed as the real star of the film. Her powerful, emotional performance of the Movie Bonus Song "Take It All" nearly redeemed the film for some.
- Tough Act to Follow: This was Rob Marshall's first musical following the hit that was Chicago. While the former got thirteen Oscar nominations and received raucous praise, Nine only got four nominations and mixed reviews.
YMMV / Nine