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I have problems with both of these, but The Phantom of the Opera is miles above Nine. Ironically, both are musical spin-offs of classic movies. Whereas my only problem with Phantom is its casting of Gerard Butler, I find Nine disappointing as a whole right down to its roots on Broadway. Though graced with a talented ensemble, seeing the movie is like eating a to-go box of half-eaten pasta from Olive Garden. It's a little cold, lacks flavor and does not feel remotely authentic at all.
I just watched Nine and found it immensely disappointing, especially after I fell in love so unexpectedly with Marshall's take on Chicago. It feels like a potpourri of promising scenes, songs, and performances that never really come together. But you know, at least it had those scenes and those performances. I thought Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, and Judi Dench pulled through with strong performances despite the wrongheaded direction. Not sure you could say the same of Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, and Patrick Wilson -- and The Phantom of the Opera is at least as cluttered and garish a film as Nine is disorganized and disjointed. I'd probably have to watch Phantom again to really make a fair decision, but for now I rank Nine slightly higher for its good elements.