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

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Critic Consensus: How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? is a passable primer that should appeal to architecture enthusiasts, but may struggle to reach casual viewers.

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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.

Feb 16, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

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

Jan 24, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5

A better movie would have explored Foster's way-of-the-future objectives with more beyond-the-hype insight...

Jan 24, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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It's essentially an infomercial for the company he unsuccessfully tried to sell before the 2008 crash.

Jan 24, 2012 | Full Review…

An informative and inspiring documentary about a man's life and work.

Jan 13, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4

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Adriel Lim

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

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Lesley N

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