Cremaster 3
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Barney plays the Entered Apprentice and his opponents include the Order of the Rainbow for Girls (who look a lot like the Rockettes), Agnostic Front and Murphy's Law (two New York Hardcore bands), Aimee Mullins, and Richard Serra. Molten Vaseline, dental surgery, a demolition derby by vintage Chrysler Imperial New Yorker cars and a gorgeous creature who is half-cheetah/half woman all figure in this latest edition of Matthew Barney's fever dream. Much of the action takes place in two New York landmarks, the Chrysler Building and the Guggenheim Museum, as well as at the Saratoga… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"It's art of the highest order."
‑ Sheila Farr, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"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."
‑ Anita Schmaltz, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Extremely accomplished filmmaking that's only in need of an editor. And perhaps a coherent story."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The hypnotic imagery and fragmentary tale explore the connections between place and personal identity."
‑ John Habich, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"The endurance test of the Cremaster series."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"Personifies experimental filmmaking pushed to new extremes."
‑ Neil Kendricks, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Trapped in a seat while the three-hour Cremaster 3 goes on (and on), you feel more like a prisoner than a participant."
‑ Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News
"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"the longest and last of 'the Cremaster Cycle' is also Barney's crowning masterpiece."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"6:30 p.m. (Upon the completion of "Cremaster V") - zzzzzz . . ."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"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."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
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