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Eames: The Architect And The Painter Reviews

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Limara Salt
Empire Magazine
August 1, 2012
A disappointingly thin treatment of two pioneers of design.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
November 13, 2011
The lack of intimate residue left behind creates cinematic problems that are exacerbated by the movie's general incompetence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 15, 2011
"I think their marriage was a mystery to everyone," an Eames worker notes-an observation true of every couple that you'll wish the filmmakers had explored more deeply.
Jennifer Tate
August 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Basia Cummings
Little White Lies
August 2, 2012
A must for anyone interested in contemporary design, film and how life and work meld together.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
August 3, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
November 19, 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 | Original Score: A-
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
November 15, 2011
It's the archival footage that wows here, showing that before the brand took on yuppie cachet, the Eames team made exquisite objects for the masses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
December 1, 2011
As fascinating - and at times oblique - as the famous couple themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 3, 2012
James Franco narrates in his best museum headset voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
November 21, 2011
A fascinating biopic as offbeat, engaging and readily-accessible as its endlessly-inventive subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
August 3, 2012
It may not offer much depth on their achievements but it still is a perfect introduction to their lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
July 31, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 28, 2011
An enlightening documentary about a multi-talented married couple who have been called the most important American designers in the 20th century.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 17, 2011
The most gratifying thing about "Eames" is that it shows, in marvelous detail, how their work was an extension of themselves and how their distinct personalities melded into a unique and protean force.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 11, 2012
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.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
December 6, 2011
A basically adulatory and very lively look at the documentary's subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
October 19, 2011
A must for those with an interest in modern design...
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 5, 2012
A riveting story.
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Dennis Harvey
October 28, 2011
Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey's sprightly documentary weighs its subjects' unique accomplishments and widespread influence while probing a relationship more complex than its sunny public face indicated.
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