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Matthew Barney: No Restraint (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 12
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How does artist Matthew Barney use 45,000 pounds of petroleum jelly, a factory whaling vessel, and traditional Japanese rituals to create his latest art project? Barney plowed the waters off the coast of Nagasaki to film his massive endeavor, Drawing Restraint 9. The documentary "Matthew Barney: No Restraint" journeys to Japan with Barney and his collaborator Bjork, as the visual artist creates a "narrative sculpture" telling a fantastical love story of two characters that transform from land

May 1, 2007

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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.

April 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

March 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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[Director] Chernick's stylish yet superficial report looks more like an orientation video for museum visitors.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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As blandly lucid as Barney is wildly and perplexingly imaginative.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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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
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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.

June 9, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

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

April 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

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

February 11, 2007
Los Angeles CityBeat

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

December 22, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

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

December 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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.

December 19, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

December 19, 2006 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

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.

December 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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