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The Architect (Blu-ray) R

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  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 21 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: December 5, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Magnolia
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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User Ratings: 1,322
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
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 graphic scenes of drug- and crime-infested buildings where people are forced to live behind bars like prisoners, The Architect still feels stagebound, inert when it needs to be cinematic. Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
Dec 8, 2006
Rating: 3.5/4 -- What makes the movie satisfying is the fact that its ethnic tensions are never overtly exacerbated, but rather subtly illustrated simply by the comparison of the decadent malaise of the spoiled-rotten versus the neverending nightmare of the have-nots. Full Review
EURWeb
Dec 26, 2006
Rating: 2/4 -- A well-intentioned misfire... Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
Jun 28, 2011
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Given the fact that The Architect is obviously a work in the tradition of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams, not to mention Henrik Ibsen, it's disappointing.
Chicago Tribune
Dec 14, 2006
Rating: 2/5 -- When Tauber finds his focus, The Architect is worth watching. But Tauber rarely finds his focus. Full Review
DVDTalk.com
Jan 4, 2007

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.

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  • Theatrical Release: December 1, 2006

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