80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A really terrific, intensely focused documentary on a fascinating personality.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Associated with the modernist architectural movement centered in Southern California during the mid-20th century, Shulman’s still photographs are essential to any study of the style’s vast popularization and commercialism.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
This stylish film reminds us that great images endure after bodies and buildings crumble.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Shulman photographed buildings as if they were movie stars: He found their best angles and immortalized them.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Something of an elegy to modernism.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
Nominally about the life and career of landmark Southern California architectural photographer Julius Shulman, but it's more about the buildings he photographed than it is about him. Which is probably the way he'd like it.
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70

The New York Times

It’s about lovely photographs of graceful buildings and those who can afford the real estate. But it does pay proper respect to a deserving artist.
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70

Village Voice

Enjoyable as it is, Bricker's giddy hagiography could have used a little pushback, especially in the matter of Shulman's airy dismissal of the postmodernism that, he claimed, forced him into "retirement."
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Visual Acoustics goes out of its way to remain as kindly and pleasing as Shulman himself.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Essential viewing for builders, graphic designers, visual artists, and other optically inclined folk, but it’s a bit of a slog for the uninitiated.
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67 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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