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80
Los Angeles Times
The film is an architecture lover's dream.
75
Slant Magazine
Lionizing a world-class architect without tipping into hagiography, this documentary performs a graceful cinematic dance around his works.
60
Veers too close to hagiography, although it's visually arresting enough to carry you through sagging in the narrative.
50
A treatment of Foster so reverential it verges on camp.
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.
50
Village Voice
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.
50
NPR
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.
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.

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