Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jan 21, 2012
    50
    A treatment of Foster so reverential it verges on camp.
  2. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Jan 21, 2012
    60
    Veers too close to hagiography, although it's visually arresting enough to carry you through sagging in the narrative.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Feb 16, 2012
    80
    The film is an architecture lover's dream.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jan 27, 2012
    50
    There's plenty of material for a lively, profound documentary about Norman Foster. But How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? is, by design, lightweight.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Jan 23, 2012
    75
    Lionizing a world-class architect without tipping into hagiography, this documentary performs a graceful cinematic dance around his works.
  6. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jan 24, 2012
    50
    Mr. Goldberger's words are among the more substantive in a film that at times seems ready to levitate from the screen on puffy clouds of praise.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 24, 2012
    40
    A better movie would have explored Foster's way-of-the-future objectives with more beyond-the-hype insight and less Zen-master bullshit.
  8. Reviewed by: Brian Miller
    Jan 24, 2012
    50
    By the time this fawning documentary gets to Foster's CG-animated rendering for a $15 billion planned city in Abu Dhabi (a movie within the movie), you realize it's essentially an infomercial for the company he unsuccessfully tried to sell before the 2008 crash.

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