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  • Summary: A harrowing and ultimately human story of two very different families. Leo Waters (Lapaglia) is an idealistic architect and patriarch of an affluent, suburban Chicago family. Tonya Neeley (Davis) is a pragmatic activist who is trying to keep her family together while living in one of the city’s most drug and crime-infested public housing projects. As part of her ongoing campaign to have the projects torn down and decent housing built in its place, Tonya decides that the one signature she needs more than any other on her petition is that of the projects’ original architect, Leo Waters. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    75
    A riveting urban drama that tackles a myriad of sociopolitical issues -- conflicts of race, sex, class, marriage and politics -- without spreading itself thin.
  2. 63
    LaPaglia and Davis deliver top-notch performances that go a long way toward offsetting the material's didacticism.
  3. 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.
  4. Deteriorates from a potentially enlightening exploration of urban development and class conflict into a preposterous melodrama.
  5. 50
    It's a compact and symmetrical picture with all its plot points in the right places, but I never found it convincing in the slightest.
  6. Every character in The Architect is crazily stuccoed with crisis.
  7. 25
    Though nothing much happens, all of the actors get to do lots of teary close-ups.

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  1. RitB
    Dec 5, 2006
    4
    The Architect is like the framework of a building, something that looks like it has potential but which can

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