Drawing Restraint 9
Drawing Restraint 9 (2005)

Shot in Nagasaki Bay on board the Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Maru. The relationship between self-imposed resistance and creativity, a theme that symbolically tracks through the construction and transformation of a vast sculpture of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Some of the images are striking, if confusing, but the film is unbearably slow and tedious.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Drawing Restraint 9 belongs to an endangered species of experimental film that walks the line between challenging and alienating its audience.

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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post

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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Anton Bitel

A work as vast, monstrous, and mysteriously graceful as a whale.

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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sitting through the film's tedious unfolding can be an interesting mental exercise.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Moby ick.

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Conventional storytelling may not be Barney's thing, but he has a superb cinematic eye, an incredible imagination and the wherewithal to make his visions happen.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Like John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy, a surreal, vaguely plausible explanation of why two people are crazy about each other.

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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle

Allegedly all these incidents connect symbolically in Barney's mind, but in the viewer's, they thud, inert and separate as stones.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

However enigmatic this all might be, there is no denying that Barney has assembled some rivetingly beautiful images.

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