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

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
February 16, 2012
An architecture lover's dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 12, 2012
A mildly engaging introduction to the architectural work of Norman Foster, but it barely scratches the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.0/10
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
January 31, 2012
Audiences who embrace high-quality, smartly produced documentaries about compelling and worthy subjects will get their money's worth.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
January 23, 2012
Unusually successful in synchronizing the ethos and oeuvre of its protagonist with its own visual strategies and rhythms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 13, 2012
An informative and inspiring documentary about a man's life and work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 17, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
January 31, 2011
There are no dissenting voices to be heard in Norberto López Amado and Carlos Carcas' movie, but then it's easy to admire Foster...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Guardian
January 31, 2011
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...
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 27, 2011
Although its uncritical tone makes it look occasionally like a promotional video, it's clear that there is a lot to hero-worship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
January 27, 2011
Foster is a fascinating subject, but his achievement should be scrutinised much more rigorously than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
January 26, 2011
Veers too close to hagiography, although it's visually arresting enough to carry you through sagging in the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
January 26, 2012
a roughly eighty-minute pep rally for its subject
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
January 26, 2012
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.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
January 25, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 24, 2012
A film that at times seems ready to levitate from the screen on puffy clouds of praise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
January 24, 2012
A better movie would have explored Foster's way-of-the-future objectives with more beyond-the-hype insight...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
January 24, 2012
It's essentially an infomercial for the company he unsuccessfully tried to sell before the 2008 crash.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
December 13, 2011
A treatment of Foster so reverential it verges on camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Prudence Ivey
Little White Lies
January 27, 2011
Like reading a glossy fashion magazine, lovely to look at but utterly unmemorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
January 27, 2011
A film that reaffirms rather than probes its subject's brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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