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  • Summary: Drawing Restraint 9, a film by Matthew Barney with a soundtrack composed by Björk, represents the first creative collaboration of two of the most protean, dynamic forces in music and fine art. (IFC Films)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. While the significance of the imagery, including the slow disintegration of an immense piece of sculpted petroleum, is elusive, the strangeness of Barney's visual sense never fails to stimulate the senses.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    A gorgeous feature that's both passing strange and undeniably beautiful.
  3. 75
    Songbird Bjork and artist hubby Matthew Barney team up in Drawing Restraint 9, and the spectacular result is exactly what should be expected from these one-of-a-kind creative oddballs.
  4. 63
    Slow but rarely tedious.
  5. Visual artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney's follow-up to his acclaimed "Cremaster" film series continues this provocateur's penchant for outrageous imagery and numbing non-narratives.
  6. Reviewed by: Holly Willis
    It's difficult to see the characters as anyone but Barney and Björk, and the film's binary system, opposing hard and soft, East and West, male and female, etc., feels clumsy and simplistic. That said, there's creepy delight in seeing American consumption carried to its logical extreme.
  7. Reviewed by: Kenneth Baker
    Anyone who puts production gloss above performance, plot, dialogue and editing may thrill to Drawing Restraint 9.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. Dan
    Apr 5, 2006
    I find images from this film haunting me. If you let yourself just experience it and not focus so much on what it is about, you will find yourself transported. Expand
  2. Deniz12s
    Jul 21, 2006
    I have seen the exhibit accompanying this film, and overall I think it's a big joke about the art world and American culture. Matthew Barney is just pushing limits to see how far he can go and still be called an "Artist" while creating very little that can actually be called art, or even that he made himself. Little Bjork is into the crazy imagery, and a lot of this film was probably for the purpose of impressing her. There is some interesting commentary on the role of whale slaughter and worship of the sea in Japanese culture, but it is so lost beneath the ridiculousness of the rest of the project, that it's almost beside the point. Expand
  3. KendraL.
    Jun 5, 2006
    I'm tempted to say that people who enjoy this would enjoy anything Bjork or Barney did, like throw up on stage. The images are striking, and the costuming is oddly intreguing, but I think the whole thing would have been better captured from a series of successful stills, rather than two hours of pointlessness. Expand
  4. PeterG.
    Jul 20, 2006
    Substantial organic talent is employed to produce this tedious and narcissistic film. I like obtuse art that is intelligently presented. This movies seems like giant egos (whale sized in fact) run amuck. I wish that some of the talented struggling artists out there had access to 1/100th the money and attention lavished on Barney. That's life on the post modern frontier. Expand
  5. LarissaM.
    Mar 30, 2006
    This was the most pretentious movie I have ever seen.
  6. BrianH.
    Mar 30, 2006
    just a big show, really. people seem to think its all meaningful, but it just seems superficial and boring to me, like a slowed down music video.