Drawing Restraint 9 Reviews

September 28, 2007
September 8, 2006
Drawing Restraint 9 belongs to an endangered species of experimental film that walks the line between challenging and alienating its audience.
July 8, 2006
Throughout, Barney drowns the screen in arresting images ... that nail your eyes to the screen.
June 1, 2006
Sitting through the film's tedious unfolding can be an interesting mental exercise.
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.
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.
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.
April 20, 2006
The experience is at times taxing, but the imagery ... is undeniably arresting and sticky.
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.
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.
March 29, 2006
Matthew Barney's visually spellbinding film is a work that might be described as the artist's Moby-Dick.
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.
March 28, 2006
An unsatisfying marriage of excessive production values with insipid cinematography and flat-footed editing.
February 19, 2006
Like Björk's Medulla%u2014a heady, not-entirely terrible piece of experimental pop music just short of unlistenable%u2014Drawing Restraint 9 is beautiful, maddeningly indigestible, and impossible to resist.
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.