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Based on 16 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Still feels stagebound, inert when it needs to be cinematic. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    There are too many characters undergoing life changes in the story for each to be properly developed in an 82-minute movie. But for the most part, the actors get the work done. show more

  • 60
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    While it provides a sometimes thoughtful examination of modern sociological issues, The Architect unfortunately succumbs to melodrama in its depiction of its troubled characters. show more

  • 75
    Aaron Hillis Premiere

    A riveting urban drama that tackles a myriad of sociopolitical issues -- conflicts of race, sex, class, marriage and politics -- without spreading itself thin. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a fairly well-written piece and an even better acted one. And these days, when independent films are increasingly the salvation of the serious American dramatic movie, it's heartening to see something like The Architect, which tries to reawaken a major American dramatic tradition and sometimes succeeds. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    LaPaglia and Davis deliver top-notch performances that go a long way toward offsetting the material's didacticism. show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    Perhaps urban-planning solutions are too much to expect from a Friday night at the movies, but in a film this ambitious, the evident lack of thought put into the problem is disappointing. As any architect knows, it's easier to tear down than to build up. show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Though nothing much happens, all of the actors get to do lots of teary close-ups. show more

  • 30
    Steve Davis Austin Chronicle

    A movie designed without a proper foundation -- it feels as though it might crumble at any minute. show more

  • 42
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Every character in The Architect is crazily stuccoed with crisis. show more

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