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  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 22 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Magnolia
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: Making-of
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. Director Commentary - Matt Taub
      2. Deleted Scenes with Commentary

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 1,322
Rating: 1.5/4 -- Painfully portentous and more solemn than Santa's funeral, The Architect gets this year's prize for the movie most likely to spoil holiday cheer.
Seattle Times
Dec 8, 2006
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Too many "big" moments are happening to too many people for the movie to feel plausible, and Tauber tries to tie many of those plots together in a way that seems contrived. Full Review
Denver Post
Dec 15, 2006
It is frustrating to watch the film blow some respectable capital on indulgence in narrative frippery. Full Review
Reeler
Feb 9, 2007
Rating: C -- In my opinion, the film tries to cover too much ground. The plot strands don't exactly coalesce into a tight story. Perhaps that was [the director's] intent, but for me something was missing. The cast does yeoman work but I somehow couldn't exactly get ca Full Review
Murphy's Movie Reviews
Jan 11, 2007
Rating: 2/4 -- Despite his obvious earnestness, first-time director and cowriter Matt Tauber is ill equipped to mine emotions this complex. Full Review
Detroit Free Press
Dec 15, 2006
Rating: 1/5 -- It would bear mentioning that nothing winds up being resolved in the film, if it weren't for the fact that there's nothing to resolve. Full Review
Bullz-Eye.com
Dec 30, 2006
[The film] explores class and cultural gulfs. Anthony LaPaglia gives a world-weary depth to the architect...
Box Office
Dec 1, 2006

Product Description:

Based on a play by David Greig, THE ARCHITECT stirs together issues of class, race, sexuality, and architecture, then heats up to create potent sociological drama. Anthony LaPaglia stars as Leo, a close-minded Chicago architect/college professor whose family is coming apart at the seams: older son Martin (Sebastian Stan) is troubled by his emerging homosexuality, Leo's 15-year old daughter (Hayden Panettiere) has begun acting out sexually in a misguided search for affection, and his high-strung wife (Isabella Rossellini) is headed towards a complete nervous breakdown. If that wasn't enough, African American activist Tonya (Viola Lee Davis) visits his classroom in an attempt to get him to sign a petition to have a housing project he designed torn down. He won't do it, claiming the building is soundly constructed, but Tonya's lived there long enough to know it's crushing the souls of its residents; her son even committed suicide to get away from it. In his refusal to accept responsibility or respond to the pain of others--both within and without his own four walls--Leo's carefully constructed world seems doomed to topple over. First time writer/director Matt Tauber provides lots of cross-cutting between the squalor of life in the projects vs. the cushy but sterile suburban residences in Chicago's other neighborhoods. Performance are excellent all around, elevating the characters beyond mere types: the scenes with Davis and LaPaglia are particularly electric.

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: December 1, 2006

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  • Sales Rank: 80,484
  • UPC: 876964000383
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