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As helmed by a series of avant-garde performance artists and provocateurs, the seven-episode omnibus picture Destricted both pays homage to classic porn and deconstructs the concepts of obscenity and voyeurism, with a series of extreme tonal variations on the sexual act. The premier episode, artist Matthew Barney's "Hoist" (which is laced with transsexual metaphors) depicts a bizarre mating ritual between a man with a giant cucumber for a penis and a 50-ton deforesting Caterpillar truck. For the second go-round, House Call, notorious still photographer Richard Prince (best known… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"That it's taken Destricted nearly five years since its debut at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival to turn up in theaters is doubly unsurprising."
‑ Phil Coldiron, L.A. Weekly
"Like real sex, this collection ranges from exhilarating to frustrating, from kinky to dull - and like real porn, it will have the viewer wishing at times for a fast-forward button."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Whatever most of the filmmakers here were trying to achieve, it sheds no light on porn, simply reproducing it at its most trite, stale and unimaginative."
‑ Michelle Thomas, Future Movies UK
"It's a very up-and-down affair that alternately has us reaching for a smoke and wishing it was enough already so we can just get some sleep."
‑ Erik Childress,
"[A] mixed bag."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Destricted is a series of short films by directors and video artists ostensibly investigating the relationship between eroticism and pornography. A lot of them are dire."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Full of hardcore, show-all scenes of couples getting it on, it's supposed to provoke debate about sex and art. In reality, porn has rarely triggered so many yawns."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"Destricted is good for a few inadvertent laughs, but as a sociological statement on human sexuality, it's practically worthless."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"Wearing its presumed scandal value like a merit badge, porn omnibus Destricted loses almost all its salacious appeal as soon as it hits the screen."
‑ Scott Foundas, Variety
"The graphic content guarantees that this will attract sensationalist attention. But, beneath the provocation and pretention, there are some interesting ideas here -- even though they're not always subtly expressed."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"These shorts are essentially obscene. But they're also artful and intriguing."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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