My Architect (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

My Architect (2004)



Critic Consensus: A moving and enlightening documentary about architect Louis Kahn.

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Louis Kahn, a giant among twentieth-century architects, left a legacy of brilliantly designed and engineered buildings that have a tough beauty and deep spirit. His work challenges us to discover an astonishing sensibility and poetry through light, space, and texture. Kahn's personal life was even more mysterious, and his death, alone and unidentified in Penn Station in 1974, revealed that he led not a double but a triple life, shuttling between his legitimate family and two women and the children they bore him. One of these, his son Nathaniel, takes us on a personal journey to consider the contradictions of this complicated genius and eccentric parent.

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Critic Reviews for My Architect

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (28)

The young Kahn is not a graceful filmmaker. Yet the subject matter is engrossing for anyone interested in architecture and also one of its greatest practitioners.

March 25, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Isn't a bad place to begin if you're curious about architecture and don't know much about Louis Kahn.

March 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

By the end of My Architect, Kahn has learned that the central contradiction of his father's life can't be resolved -- and that realization becomes the filmmaker's solace and the film's triumph.

March 19, 2004 | Rating: B+

The finest achievement of My Architect is the way the son locates the light of his father's personality.

March 19, 2004

It is a stunning work that captures with elegance -- and touches of lyricism -- the challenge of finding the man through the artist.

February 27, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

My Architect contrasts personal history and public legacy to captivating effect.

February 20, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Architect

Deeply moving, the poignant and moving documentary I wanted about Louis Kahn, poet, philosopher, architect and inevitably, as a man. This one I will be looking into for strength as the years go by. Louis Kahn's spirit is alive with it!

Adriel Lim
Adriel Lim

Super Reviewer


Terribly dull at times. Frankly, this man shouldn't be sharing his architect.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


I'm sorry, but this was just too long and extremely uninteresting. Yes, Louis Kahn was a great architect, but it doesn't mean he is warranted a complete psychological analysis post-mortem. I feel bad for his son, but it doesn't mean I want to spend two hours with him sorting out his daddy issues.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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