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How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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A portrait of one of the world's premier architects, How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? follows Norman Foster's unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. By investigating his origins to how his dreams and influences inspired the design of emblematic projects such as the world's largest building to its tallest bridge, Foster offers some striking solutions to humanity's increasing demand on urban centers. -- (C) First Run

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An architecture lover's dream.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Whether contemplating his own sensibility or challenging himself in cross-country ski marathons, the 76-year-old architect appears here as a man who stands heavy upon the planet.

January 26, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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A film that at times seems ready to levitate from the screen on puffy clouds of praise.

January 24, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A better movie would have explored Foster's way-of-the-future objectives with more beyond-the-hype insight...

January 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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It's essentially an infomercial for the company he unsuccessfully tried to sell before the 2008 crash.

January 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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An informative and inspiring documentary about a man's life and work.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A mildly engaging introduction to the architectural work of Norman Foster, but it barely scratches the surface.

February 12, 2012 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Audiences who embrace high-quality, smartly produced documentaries about compelling and worthy subjects will get their money's worth.

January 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

a roughly eighty-minute pep rally for its subject

January 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

From inspiring bio. . .travels around the world for stunning views of his buildings and structures until collapsing into a promotional video for his global firm.

January 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Unusually successful in synchronizing the ethos and oeuvre of its protagonist with its own visual strategies and rhythms.

January 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Renowned architect Norman Foster has created some of the world's most iconic buildings, and this documentary explores the ideas that link them. Although it only barely scratches the surface of his talent and skill.

September 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

There are no dissenting voices to be heard in Norberto López Amado and Carlos Carcas' movie, but then it's easy to admire Foster...

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Foster is an eloquent speaker with a touch of Lancashire in his voice, a likable man, who uses a sketch pad as a way of thinking, and we get to see stunningly photographed images of his work...

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Although its uncritical tone makes it look occasionally like a promotional video, it's clear that there is a lot to hero-worship.

January 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Like reading a glossy fashion magazine, lovely to look at but utterly unmemorable.

January 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A film that reaffirms rather than probes its subject's brilliance.

January 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Foster is a fascinating subject, but his achievement should be scrutinised much more rigorously than this.

January 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Veers too close to hagiography, although it's visually arresting enough to carry you through sagging in the narrative.

January 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

Documentary about Norman Foster and his monolithic buildings, marred by obsequious narrator.
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