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Matthew Barney: No Restraint Reviews

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

An essential companion piece for anyone who feels like they didn't get

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

April 19, 2007
Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
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More interesting is Chernick's concise survey of Barney's intriguing early work, including weird Vaseline-covered sculptures and footage of him trying to draw while under physical restraints such as a harness, etc.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 1, 2007
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

... Chernick's film ends up being far more accessible than Barney's.

February 11, 2007
Alan G. Artner
Chicago Tribune
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Barney's art presents a cross between the creepiness of David Cronenberg and David Lynch and the grandiosity and business sense of George Lucas. Chernick's film unquestioningly admires it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 2, 2007
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Alison Chernick's documentary attempts to provide some much-needed insight, combining a biographical and artistic portrait of the provocateur.

December 30, 2006
David Noh
Film Journal International

An absorbing documentary that seeks to explain this most enigmatic of modern artists.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 22, 2006
Leslie Felperin
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A bit like a cinematic catalog for a gallery retrospective, Matthew Barney: No Restraint serves to explain Barney's m.o. to a wider aud.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 20, 2006
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Chernick may not answer every question about this beguiling and enigmatic film, but you wouldn't want it to: Mystery is an essential part of the Barney experience.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

December 19, 2006
John Anderson
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In her restraint, Chernick makes us admire an artist with none.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

December 19, 2006
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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Chernick's documentary (and her subject) eloquently trace Barney's inspiration and intention in a way that naturalizes rather than neuters them.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 19, 2006
Edward Douglas

It's interesting to watch [Barney] work and see how he created some of the amazing visuals from Drawing Restraint 9.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7/10

December 19, 2006

How it is that such a polarizing artist coule be the subject of such a tepid documentary is nearly as much of a mystery as the often convoluted allegory of Barney's art.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 4.5/10

June 9, 2010
Sheila Farr
Seattle Times
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If Chernick set out to portray the couple's movie project as a bit frivolous and self-absorbed, she succeeded. But I doubt that was the intention.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2007
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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[Director] Chernick's stylish yet superficial report looks more like an orientation video for museum visitors.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

February 2, 2007
Ken Johnson
Boston Globe
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As blandly lucid as Barney is wildly and perplexingly imaginative.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 2, 2007
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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[It would] work better as a DVD 'extra.'

| Original Score: 2/4

December 22, 2006
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

Better than the actual film it's the featurette for.

| Original Score: 2/5

December 22, 2006
Noel Murray
AV Club
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[Director Alison] Chernick misses the chance to follow in the footsteps of documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer, whose essential artist-at-work films Touch The Sound and Rivers And Tides meditate on the ephemeral nature of the creative act.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

December 21, 2006
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Alison Chernick's aptly-named documentary takes us aboard a Japanese whaling vessel to witness the filming of the artist Matthew Barney's film Drawing Restraint 9.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

December 20, 2006
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

A skimpy Cliff's Notes for both the eponymous Vaseline-loving sculptor-filmmaker's career and, specifically, his most recent act of cinematic self-infatuation, Drawing Restraint 9.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

December 16, 2006
MaryAnn Johanson
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May 14, 2007

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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May 12, 2007
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