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Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Shulman was around so long that he even got to weigh in on Frank Gehry's Disney Hall. He was skeptical once but came to love it.
  2. A really terrific, intensely focused documentary on a fascinating personality.
  3. 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.
  4. Shulman photographed buildings as if they were movie stars: He found their best angles and immortalized them.
  5. Something of an elegy to modernism.
  6. This stylish film reminds us that great images endure after bodies and buildings crumble.
  7. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    70
    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."
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    70
    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.
  10. Visual Acoustics goes out of its way to remain as kindly and pleasing as Shulman himself.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    Essential viewing for builders, graphic designers, visual artists, and other optically inclined folk, but it’s a bit of a slog for the uninitiated.
  12. Reviewed by: Fred Camper
    50
    This documentary tells this story reasonably well, though one might question whether director Eric Bricker's jazzy montages, collages, and rapid camera movements are appropriate to the contemplation of still photographs.

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