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Drawing Restraint 9 Reviews

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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
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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-
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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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 18, 2006
Moby ick.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
April 20, 2006
The experience is at times taxing, but the imagery ... is undeniably arresting and sticky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Holly Willis
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
April 19, 2006
An overblown home movie with almost no dialogue.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
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.
| Original Score: B
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 29, 2006
Matthew Barney's visually spellbinding film is a work that might be described as the artist's Moby-Dick.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ed Halter
Village Voice
March 28, 2006
An unsatisfying marriage of excessive production values with insipid cinematography and flat-footed editing.
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Leslie Felperin
September 15, 2005
A tapestry of sensuous, striking and sometimes disturbing imagery, Drawing Restraint 9 marks the latest cinematic visit to the wacky world of experimental artist Matthew Barney.