Cremaster 3
Cremaster 3 (2003)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

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Sheila Farr
Seattle Times

It's art of the highest order.

Ian Buckwalter

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.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

John Habich
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The hypnotic imagery and fragmentary tale explore the connections between place and personal identity.

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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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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News

Trapped in a seat while the three-hour Cremaster 3 goes on (and on), you feel more like a prisoner than a participant.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

the longest and last of 'the Cremaster Cycle' is also Barney's crowning masterpiece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Brown
My favourite Barney "film". I'm not a huge fan of the other ones, but this one is the first I saw. Quite memorable as a piece of art more than… More