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  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    When Pollack admits that he is not a documentary filmmaker and that he knows nothing about architecture, Gehry says that makes him perfect for this project. But the joke does not redeem the frustration Pollack creates by the choppy, restless views he gives us of Gehry's buildings. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It's a stirring portrait of a singular artist, a gorgeously photographed album of his buildings, and, perhaps most importantly, a film that manages to demystify the way he works without diminishing it. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Best of all is the ride through the architect's own domestic space in Santa Monica, dubbed by locals "the house that built Gehry." show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Providing a tart balance to such enthusiastic admiration, Gehry's own blunt musings on his motivations, revelations and desires prove especially interesting. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    You learn as much as you need to know to understand Gehry's architectural process and to appreciate his enormous contribution to modern art and architecture. Which is not a bad thing. Just sketchy. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The result is not a formal doc but an extended chat between two professionals who, as Pollack puts it, search for "a sliver of space in the commercial world where you can make a difference." show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Rescued from its inclination to smug, celebrity-testimonial-driven hagiography by Gehry's own considerable charm and infectious enthusiasm. show more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune

    Whatever you think of Gehry's architecture, if you have any interest in art, or the interplay between light and shadow, or the way buildings create space and community, you're likely to enjoy this film. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    The Sketches of Frank Gehry will appear this fall on PBS' "American Masters," which seems a more appropriate venue than theaters. show more

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