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  • Summary: A tale of love and art, betrayal and forgiveness -- in which the illegitimate son of legendary architect Louis I. Kahn undertakes a five year, worldwide exploration to understand his long-dead father. (New Yorker Films)
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
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  1. Obviously a profoundly personal film, but it's also a smartly conducted tour through the world of building and design that Kahn towered over during the most successful phases of his career.
  2. Movies today rarely touch chords that are spiritual or deeply emotional, but Nathaniel Kahn's remarkable documentary My Architect: A Son's Journey does both.
  3. 90
    An inspired homage to his father's work, and a bracing, bittersweet testament of filial love mixed with pain and compassion.
  4. 80
    What makes it enthralling is the younger Kahn's openness to a range of emotional responses (his own and others') to his father's life above and below board, and his readiness to turn his own predicament into both entertainment and a provisional kind of puckish wisdom.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Mader
    80
    Tinged with sorrow, compassion, forgiveness and, ultimately, love. More than 25 years after his father's death, Nathaniel visits his father's architectural works and speaks to the people who knew him.
  6. A twofold story of heroic achievements and personal failings.
  7. A fascinating look at a bizarre man and a brilliant talent. But a good deal of the movie is described by its subtitle -- "A Son's Journey'' -- and to the extent it is, the movie sags.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
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  1. KenL
    Aug 29, 2005
    9
    An extremely interesting documentary by Louis Kahn's son. I really liked it. A story about a son trying to understand his father, with An extremely interesting documentary by Louis Kahn's son. I really liked it. A story about a son trying to understand his father, with the backdrop of visiting most of his famous buildings. So, there are various themes -- the son's journey, the unusual life of Louis Kahn (and his three "families"), and the products of his work. A nice balance between interviews, vintage film of Kahn, Nathaniel's journey and Kahn's buildings. Also, a good Q&A session with the director on the DVD. Collapse
  2. JayH.
    Feb 4, 2008
    6
    I am not quite sure why the fuss over a relatively unknown architect, who apparently wasn't even that great. He is a fascinating I am not quite sure why the fuss over a relatively unknown architect, who apparently wasn't even that great. He is a fascinating character however, but hardly admirable. He was a selfish man as well as a semi-genius - in some ways. It is a well done documentary, it is certainly well researched. I am less than enthralled over the man or his work. Expand

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