Matthew Barney: No Restraint
Matthew Barney: No Restraint (2006)

How does artist Matthew Barney use 45,000 pounds of petroleum jelly, a factory whaling vessel, and traditional Japanese rituals to create his latest art project? Barney plowed the waters off the coast of Nagasaki to film his massive… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 20, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader

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.

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Alan G. Artner
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Ian Buckwalter

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.

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Sheila Farr
Seattle Times

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.

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Ken Johnson
Boston Globe

As blandly lucid as Barney is wildly and perplexingly imaginative.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

An essential companion piece for anyone who feels like they didn't get

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

[Director] Chernick's stylish yet superficial report looks more like an orientation video for museum visitors.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Alison Chernick's documentary attempts to provide some much-needed insight, combining a biographical and artistic portrait of the provocateur.

Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

... Chernick's film ends up being far more accessible than Barney's.

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