Cremaster 2
Cremaster 2 (1999)

Anticipation of this fourth and penultimate installment (numbered 2) of the fabled and fabulous Cremaster series might help us imagine what waiting for the premiere of the next opera in the Ring Cycle was like...Visiting ever stranger… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 13, 1999
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Darkly powerful.

Holly Willis
L.A. Weekly

Barney defiantly makes expensive avant-garde movies that proudly flaunt both their extravagance and their obscurity, and while they're salient forays into notions of history and narrative to be sure, they're also sallies of the genius Artist writ large.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The narcotized self-satisfaction of [Cremaster 1] is, however, preferable to the narrative Cremaster 2 (1999), which, twice as long.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

It is Gilmore's story and his family history, evoked symbolically, that give Cremaster 2 a solidity and emotional depth that are missing in the earlier, more playful installments.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Bizarre and incomprehensible, full of imagery that's intriguing and creepy ... and this time quite sexy as well.

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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader

A tantalizing melange of dreamlike riffs on the desolation of the American west, the empty poses of male ritual, and the blood lust of macho fetishism.

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Ian Buckwalter

The most cohesive narrative in any of these films, following murderer Gary Gilmore (played by Barney) on his crime spree, conviction, & striking execution, juxtaposed with a Harry Houdini (played by Norman Mailer) subplot.

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Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

the 1977 execution of Gary Gilmore (played by Barney, with prosthetically reduced penis) is figured as a rodeo ride to the death

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