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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A fascinating look at a bizarre man and a brilliant talent. But a good deal of the movie is described by its subtitle -- "A Son's Journey'' -- and to the extent it is, the movie sags. show more

  • 100
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Not only is it the best documentary in a vintage season for nonfiction films (see "American Splendor," "Capturing the Friedmans," and "Spellbound"), it's also one of the best films of the year. It's as lyrical about the particulars of Kahn as it is about the universals of fathers and sons. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Apparently Louis Kahn was not much of a father, raconteur or businessman. But he was a genius, and he left his mark on all the people whose lives he touched. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Tinged with sorrow, compassion, forgiveness and, ultimately, love. More than 25 years after his father's death, Nathaniel visits his father's architectural works and speaks to the people who knew him. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Movies today rarely touch chords that are spiritual or deeply emotional, but Nathaniel Kahn's remarkable documentary My Architect: A Son's Journey does both. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Obviously a profoundly personal film, but it's also a smartly conducted tour through the world of building and design that Kahn towered over during the most successful phases of his career. show more

  • 100
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    A first-person documentary with the subterranean pull of a superb confessional novel. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

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

  • 88
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The result is an immensely enjoyable portrait of a strange-looking, non-comforming genius who loved women as much as designing masterpieces but was never able to commit to them. In other words: great architect, lousy family man. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Nathaniel fares well with his father's fellow masters, although Frank Gehry seems evasive. show more

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