The Architect
The Architect (2006)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 8, 2006
DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
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Critic Score: 11% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A glum drama that's so self-affected it fails to affect.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Despite his obvious earnestness, first-time director and cowriter Matt Tauber is ill equipped to mine emotions this complex.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A well-intentioned misfire...

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

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.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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.

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Michelle Orange

It is frustrating to watch the film blow some respectable capital on indulgence in narrative frippery.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

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.

Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 26% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
this movie is hard to rate. its very story driven which is good, and the stories that are presented are very good. the telling of the stories however is not… More
Rico Zamora
This movie was one of those films that came and went. Nobody probably saw it--and that's a shame! Granted, the suburban family drama has been done-to-death… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Architect," a long time resident, Tonya Neely(Viola Davis), of the Eden Court housing projects on the south side of… More