Cremaster 3 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Cremaster 3 Reviews

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October 11, 2010
May be the best combination of everything that Barney does best in this series: the striking visuals, a definite narrative, and enough variety to keep things interesting. The final sequence, "The Order," is as engaging as this series gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 8, 2010
Like poetry and music, it isn't so much what it means as how it means. The maze of the artist's endless, haunted hallways will keep you clueless, speechless and quite possibly sleepless, in the manner of all visionaries.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
May 19, 2010
Barney's outlandish mise-en-scène, forever emphasizing the organic, the amorphous, the massive, the adhesive, and the fluorescent in quite literal ways, also retains those very qualities in my memory.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
February 2, 2004
the longest and last of 'the Cremaster Cycle' is also Barney's crowning masterpiece.
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
January 14, 2004
Attempting to sum up the scope of Matthew Barney's epic in a few words is like trying to shove the history of existence through a scrotum-shaped pinhole.
December 22, 2003
The endurance test of the Cremaster series.
| Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 30, 2003
6:30 p.m. (Upon the completion of "Cremaster V") - zzzzzz . . .
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 22, 2003
Extremely accomplished filmmaking that's only in need of an editor. And perhaps a coherent story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Kendricks
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 29, 2003
Personifies experimental filmmaking pushed to new extremes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 1, 2003
It is either an unparalleled opportunity to witness the work of an artist proclaimed by some the 'most important American artist of his generation.' Or an obligation to witness the work of the artist etc., etc.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
July 25, 2003
If you're hoping for a movie that makes sense, you're in for 3 very frustrating hours, it jumps from one bizarre 'performance piece' to another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
July 24, 2003
Trapped in a seat while the three-hour Cremaster 3 goes on (and on), you feel more like a prisoner than a participant.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
July 16, 2003
You might doze off from time to time, but what you see when you wake up has the potential to scar you for life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 12, 2003
The emperor has no clothes...The good news is that the picture has an intermission, but the bad news is that it resumes after it.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Sheila Farr
Seattle Times
July 11, 2003
It's art of the highest order.
| Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 13, 2003
Barney throws away the goodwill the first half of his movie generates by orchestrating a finale that is impenetrable and dull.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Habich
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 12, 2003
The hypnotic imagery and fragmentary tale explore the connections between place and personal identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 4, 2003
The filmmaker ascends, literally, to the Olympus of the art world, but he would have done well to end this flawed, dazzling series with the raising of something other than his own cremaster.
| Original Score: C-
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Christine Temin
Boston Globe
May 30, 2003
Not since Ghostbusters has a film used Manhattan's architecture in such a gloriously goofy way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
May 23, 2003
Viewers of Barney's crushingly self-indulgent spectacle will see nothing in it to match the ordeal of sitting through it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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