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Based on 12 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Something of an elegy to modernism. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Shulman photographed buildings as if they were movie stars: He found their best angles and immortalized them. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A really terrific, intensely focused documentary on a fascinating personality. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    This stylish film reminds us that great images endure after bodies and buildings crumble. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Essential viewing for builders, graphic designers, visual artists, and other optically inclined folk, but it’s a bit of a slog for the uninitiated. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Visual Acoustics goes out of its way to remain as kindly and pleasing as Shulman himself. show more

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 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." show more

  • 70
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

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