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The Architect Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 28, 2011
A well-intentioned misfire...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 9, 2007
It is frustrating to watch the film blow some respectable capital on indulgence in narrative frippery.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
In my opinion, the film tries to cover too much ground. The plot strands don't exactly coalesce into a tight story. Perhaps that was [the director's] intent, but for me something was missing. The cast does yeoman work but I somehow couldn't exactly get ca
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Cornelius
January 4, 2007
When Tauber finds his focus, The Architect is worth watching. But Tauber rarely finds his focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Giles
December 30, 2006
It would bear mentioning that nothing winds up being resolved in the film, if it weren't for the fact that there's nothing to resolve.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kam Williams
December 26, 2006
What makes the movie satisfying is the fact that its ethnic tensions are never overtly exacerbated, but rather subtly illustrated simply by the comparison of the decadent malaise of the spoiled-rotten versus the neverending nightmare of the have-nots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 15, 2006
Despite his obvious earnestness, first-time director and cowriter Matt Tauber is ill equipped to mine emotions this complex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
December 15, 2006
Too many "big" moments are happening to too many people for the movie to feel plausible, and Tauber tries to tie many of those plots together in a way that seems contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 14, 2006
Occasionally a pallid film is salvaged by one wonderful performance. To the extent The Architect will be remembered, it will be for giving a starring role to the exceptional Viola Davis.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 14, 2006
Given the fact that The Architect is obviously a work in the tradition of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams, not to mention Henrik Ibsen, it's disappointing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 14, 2006
The movie doesn't so much tell a story as scream its messages at us in a series of awkward scenes that test the actors' ability to make fake-o dialogue seem like something an actual person might say.
| Original Score: 1/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
December 12, 2006
I am sick to death of taking the White Guilt Trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
December 8, 2006
The Architect wears its heavy social consciousness like an albatross, and Tauber's plodding, earnest direction does little to wean the material away from its stage roots.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
December 8, 2006
Painfully portentous and more solemn than Santa's funeral, The Architect gets this year's prize for the movie most likely to spoil holiday cheer.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
December 8, 2006
Despite graphic scenes of drug- and crime-infested buildings where people are forced to live behind bars like prisoners, The Architect still feels stagebound, inert when it needs to be cinematic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
December 8, 2006
...A grim little exercise in exorcising middle-class guilt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
December 7, 2006
Skids mightily in the transition from three to two dimensions.
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 7, 2006
... The Architect is filled with ciphers and symbols, without a smidgen of narrative reason to hold it together.
Full Review | Original Score: D
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 5, 2006
For all the added scope and locations of the film medium, it still seems as stagy and claustrophobic as hell.
Chris Barsanti
December 4, 2006
sapped by sluggish direction
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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