Matthew Barney: No Restraint
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With his acclaimed Cremaster Cycle and 2005 feature Drawing Restraint 9, avant-garde artist Matthew Barney established himself as a bold experimentalist who wasn't afraid to take a few risks for the sake of his art. Set into motion in the late '80s, Barney's Drawing Restraint series consists of works in which the artist attempts to create works while hindered by physical weights and barriers. The result, claims Barney are creations that are much more rewarding due to the difficulty it takes to render them. With Drawing Restraint 9, the artist teamed with his wife, Björk, to tell… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

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"More interesting is Chernick's concise survey of Barney's intriguing early work, including weird Vaseline-covered sculptures and footage of him trying to draw while under physical restraints such as a harness, etc."
‑ Fred Camper, Chicago Reader
"Barney's art presents a cross between the creepiness of David Cronenberg and David Lynch and the grandiosity and business sense of George Lucas. Chernick's film unquestioningly admires it."
‑ Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune
"How it is that such a polarizing artist coule be the subject of such a tepid documentary is nearly as much of a mystery as the often convoluted allegory of Barney's art."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Better than the actual film it's the featurette for."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"Chernick may not answer every question about this beguiling and enigmatic film, but you wouldn't want it to: Mystery is an essential part of the Barney experience."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"If Chernick set out to portray the couple's movie project as a bit frivolous and self-absorbed, she succeeded. But I doubt that was the intention."
‑ Sheila Farr, Seattle Times
"As blandly lucid as Barney is wildly and perplexingly imaginative."
‑ Ken Johnson, Boston Globe
"An essential companion piece for anyone who feels like they didn't get"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"An absorbing documentary that seeks to explain this most enigmatic of modern artists."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"It's interesting to watch [Barney] work and see how he created some of the amazing visuals from Drawing Restraint 9."
‑ Edward Douglas, ComingSoon.net
"[Director] Chernick's stylish yet superficial report looks more like an orientation video for museum visitors."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Alison Chernick's documentary attempts to provide some much-needed insight, combining a biographical and artistic portrait of the provocateur."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"... Chernick's film ends up being far more accessible than Barney's."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"[Director Alison] Chernick misses the chance to follow in the footsteps of documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer, whose essential artist-at-work films Touch The Sound and Rivers And Tides meditate on the ephemeral nature of the creative act."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"A skimpy Cliff's Notes for both the eponymous Vaseline-loving sculptor-filmmaker's career and, specifically, his most recent act of cinematic self-infatuation, Drawing Restraint 9."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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