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Eames: The Architect And The Painter (2011)


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 21
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.9/5
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Movie Info

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America's most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life - from the development … More

Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Jason Cohn
In Theaters:
Dec 13, 2011
Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for Eames: The Architect And The Painter

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (3)

This attentive and good-looking doc takes a chronological approach to the work and partnership of Charles Eames and his wife Ray, two of the most influential artist-designers of mid twentieth-century America.

Full Review… | July 31, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Filmmakers Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey deliver a nostalgic zing reminiscent of the TV drama Mad Men but tread lightly around Charles's mood swings and extramarital affairs.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A basically adulatory and very lively look at the documentary's subjects.

Full Review… | December 6, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

As fascinating - and at times oblique - as the famous couple themselves.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Much like the creations of its subjects, "Eames" is itself a dazzling, sensory adventure.

Full Review… | November 25, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

There couldn't be a better time to examine the complex and absorbing history of this designing couple, and "Eames: The Architect and the Painter" couldn't be a better vehicle for that examination.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A riveting story.

Full Review… | August 5, 2012
Observer [UK]

Made for the American Masters series, it comes across as an excellent piece of TV that seems somehow to have escaped its little box. Fascinating throughout, nonetheless.

Full Review… | August 3, 2012
Irish Times

James Franco narrates in his best museum headset voice.

Full Review… | August 3, 2012
Daily Telegraph

It may not offer much depth on their achievements but it still is a perfect introduction to their lives.

Full Review… | August 3, 2012
Daily Express

This documentary about the famous designers celebrates a unique kind of American creativity that anticipates the digital age.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012

A must for anyone interested in contemporary design, film and how life and work meld together.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Little White Lies

This colourful documentary about one of America's most important design teams provides an extraordinary presentation of an impressive portfolio, but when it comes to the Eames' personal life some questions are left unanswered.

Full Review… | August 1, 2012

A disappointingly thin treatment of two pioneers of design.

Full Review… | August 1, 2012
Empire Magazine

An enlightening documentary about a multi-talented married couple who have been called the most important American designers in the 20th century.

Full Review… | December 28, 2011
Spirituality and Practice

Fascinating documentary about the iconic American design team and their studio that defined an enduring modernist look.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
Film Journal International

A fascinating biopic as offbeat, engaging and readily-accessible as its endlessly-inventive subjects.

Full Review… | November 21, 2011

Eames: The Architect and The Painter traverses the fascinating life of a couple whose contributions broadly determined what modern postwar American life looked and felt like.

Full Review… | November 19, 2011
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