Sketches of Frank Gehry Reviews

June 29, 2007
The questioning is skin-deep and Pollack's handheld DV approach doesn't show the buildings at their best.
June 29, 2007
Ultimately the picture is as revealing about the director as it is about the subject. But it won't appeal to those who like their documentaries to come armed with teeth.
June 21, 2007
too vague for real insight, too conventional to match its subject's iconoclasm, and too affectionate to offer a truly critical account of the Gehry phenomenon.
July 1, 2006
The film has lovely moments -- Gehry buildings can be extremely photogenic, after all -- but it doesn't sink its teeth in the way it probably should.
June 21, 2006
What's most interesting about this coffee-table book of a movie is its exposure of the media-architectural complex.
June 16, 2006
What the filmmaker omits are precisely the laymen the movie set out to explain Gehry to.
June 16, 2006
What benefits the picture early on, giving it a casual air, becomes cloying in the later going, making it feel like a smug exercise in mutual admiration.
June 7, 2006
The movie turned out about as well as you might expect from something that dares to open with a frank declaration of the director's incompetence and lack of insight.
June 2, 2006
The parameters of Gehry's genius, as suggested by Pollack, are essentially the same as those captured in generations of cliched artist biopics.
June 1, 2006
Pollack is too friendly with his subject (almost to the point of having a man crush on Gehry), so the theme of Sketches of Frank Gehry is reduced to, 'I think Frank Gehry is super awesome, and you should, too'
May 26, 2006
How much more persuasive Sketches of Frank Gehry might have been had Pollack differentiated degrees of achievement in Gehry's work.
May 18, 2006
Even the professional critics who take part have been rendered toothless by Pollack's approach to the subject -- or simply by Karen Schmeer's editing.
May 12, 2006
Less a documentary than a self-important tribute to a longtime friend.
April 10, 2006
Sketches ultimately allows the controversial, breathtakingly unusual buildings themselves to make the case for the architect's inimitable greatness.