Drawing Restraint 9 Reviews

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Anton Bitel
Film4
September 25, 2007
A work as vast, monstrous, and mysteriously graceful as a whale.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 9, 2007
Conventional storytelling may not be Barney's thing, but he has a superb cinematic eye, an incredible imagination and the wherewithal to make his visions happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
However enigmatic this all might be, there is no denying that Barney has assembled some rivetingly beautiful images.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 8, 2006
Drawing Restraint 9 belongs to an endangered species of experimental film that walks the line between challenging and alienating its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 12, 2006
A refreshing break from mind-numbing Hollywood movies, but it may fail to win you over
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
August 7, 2006
What is undeniable is that this, even more than Barney's previous work, is a film of outrageous, startling ingenuity and beauty.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 4, 2006
It is a series of lyrical ambiguities filtered through the prism of Japanese religious and whaling cultures that defy literal interpretation even as they are sculpted into physical significance.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
July 8, 2006
Throughout, Barney drowns the screen in arresting images ... that nail your eyes to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
June 6, 2006
Drawing Restraint 9 is Barney again creating something tenaciously abstract, but this time the result is more serene and approachable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
June 2, 2006
You're either on the boat or off the boat with something like this. But for those willing to brave the open water, it's an awe-inspiring ride.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 1, 2006
Sitting through the film's tedious unfolding can be an interesting mental exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 27, 2006
...suffers from the loss of experiencing Barney's visual imagination for the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 26, 2006
Like John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy, a surreal, vaguely plausible explanation of why two people are crazy about each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 19, 2006
Bjork appears to have been a good influence on Barney: The soundtrack, which she supervised and participates in, is well worth the time for fans of experimental music.
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 18, 2006
Not since the collaborations of Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass (Koyaanisqatsi), have music and visuals been so satisfyingly combined.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 12, 2006
Drawing Restraint 9 is a lovely thought, but it's not a surprising one; going out on that proverbial limb, it all might be much ado about nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
May 6, 2006
A push/pull experience: The storytelling, what there is of it, pushes us away, but the hypnotic visuals pull us back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
April 21, 2006
It's full of arcane symbolism and alarming imagery and lots of smart, goofy-sounding Bjork music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
April 20, 2006
The experience is at times taxing, but the imagery ... is undeniably arresting and sticky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 6, 2006
It's hard to shake the sense that there's less here than meets the eye, but what meets the eye burns with a rare intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mattias Frey
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008

BBC.com
October 2, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 29, 2007
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Time Out
July 12, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 24, 2006
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