My Architect - A Son's Journey (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

My Architect - A Son's Journey (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 - A Son's Journey

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (16)

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

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

Meeting this engaging, emotional, articulate cast of characters who surrounded Louis Kahn, the viewer can't help but enjoy his passion and folly.

February 20, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

What a sad film this, and how filled with the mystery of human life.

February 20, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A quiet, inspiring study of the vagaries of genius, the blindness of commerce, the pain of family conflicts and the almost sublime power of great architecture or great art.

February 19, 2004 | Rating: 4/4

Those buildings are remarkably photogenic, particularly the government building in Bangladesh, which is a masterpiece, an ideal mix of modernity and ancient splendor.

February 6, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Almost against reason, Nathaniel Kahn makes his compulsions work for him. His irritating ways lead to insight; his insistent need for attention ends up making the film more than it unmakes it.

January 22, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Architect - A Son's Journey

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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