The Architect
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Leo Waters is an idealistic architect and patriarch of an affluent, suburban Chicago family. Tonya Neeley 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.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite his obvious earnestness, first-time director and cowriter Matt Tauber is ill equipped to mine emotions this complex."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"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."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A well-intentioned misfire..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"When Tauber finds his focus, The Architect is worth watching. But Tauber rarely finds his focus."
‑ David Cornelius,
"The movie doesn't so much tell a story as scream its messages at us in a series of awkward scenes that test the actors' ability to make fake-o dialogue seem like something an actual person might say."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"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."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"The Architect wears its heavy social consciousness like an albatross, and Tauber's plodding, earnest direction does little to wean the material away from its stage roots."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"It is frustrating to watch the film blow some respectable capital on indulgence in narrative frippery."
‑ Michelle Orange, Reeler
"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."
‑ Jeff Giles,
"I am sick to death of taking the White Guilt Trip."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Occasionally a pallid film is salvaged by one wonderful performance. To the extent The Architect will be remembered, it will be for giving a starring role to the exceptional Viola Davis."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"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"
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Kam Williams, EURWeb
"Skids mightily in the transition from three to two dimensions."
‑ Andrew Wright, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
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