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Drawing Restraint 9 Reviews

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May 18, 2006
Moby ick.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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
May 12, 2006
Allegedly all these incidents connect symbolically in Barney's mind, but in the viewer's, they thud, inert and separate as stones.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 6, 2006
A push/pull experience: The storytelling, what there is of it, pushes us away, but the hypnotic visuals pull us back.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 6, 2006
Usually, I like to align myself with out-there talents striving to make deeply personal works but in the case of Matthew Barney, this particular art-world emperor reveals himself to be naked and if he isn't ashamed, he probably should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 21, 2006
Barney writes in the press kit that the heart of the piece is 'the relationship between self-imposed resistance and creativity.' Okay, fine. But do we care? Not this reviewer.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 21, 2006
It's full of arcane symbolism and alarming imagery and lots of smart, goofy-sounding Bjork music.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2006
At 135 minutes, this overly long exercise in abstraction sinks under the weight of its Moby Dick-sized self-importance.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 20, 2006
The experience is at times taxing, but the imagery ... is undeniably arresting and sticky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 20, 2006
It's difficult to see the characters as anyone but Barney and Björk, and the film's binary system, opposing hard and soft, East and West, male and female, etc., feels clumsy and simplistic.
April 20, 2006
Drawing Restraint 9 lacks that sense of visiting an altogether fresh, personal universe that provided much of the fascination of the Cremasters.
April 19, 2006
An overblown home movie with almost no dialogue.
April 19, 2006
Slow and repetitive, the film might be worth a few minutes of attention when encountered on a video screen in a museum display, but at 135 minutes it doesn't provide much reward for a viewer's rapt attention.
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 6, 2006
As visually stunning as it is, DR9 is also more than two hours and contains, at best, 10 lines of dialogue, an ear-piercing Bjork score and no discernible plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 6, 2006
It doesn't make any sense, but then this is Matthew Barney, master of the mysterious, and I don't mean that in a good way.
Read More | Original Score: 0.23/5
March 29, 2006
Surprisingly linear and entrancing like a comfy drug haze... but how does one emotionally or intellectually engage with cinema that spends all its energy just being unique?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 29, 2006
Matthew Barney's visually spellbinding film is a work that might be described as the artist's Moby-Dick.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 29, 2006
As magical as DR9 may be, it isn't for everyone. Devotees of Bjork and Barney will think they're in heaven, while Mr. and Ms. Cineplex will be reminded of a much warmer place.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2006
A gorgeous feature that's both passing strange and undeniably beautiful.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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