Drawing Restraint 9 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Drawing Restraint 9 Reviews

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Anton Bitel
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
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 25, 2006
Offers no restraint on the writer/director's penchant for weird esoterica.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 13, 2006
Hugely tedious...this turgid, opaque, whale-obsessed fiasco might be described as one big, festering hunk of blubber.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Brian Orndorf
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
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
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
May 25, 2006
Doesn't advance the Barney oeuvre an inch past where he left it with his massive, megalomaniacal opus known as the Cremaster series.
David N. Butterworth
May 25, 2006
Barney and Björk certainly deserve each other; theirs is a match made purgatorial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 18, 2006
You could think of admission to Drawing Restraint 9 as an $8.25 nap.
| Original Score: 1/4
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