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83
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.
80
A really terrific, intensely focused documentary on a fascinating personality.
75
Something of an elegy to modernism.
75
Shulman photographed buildings as if they were movie stars: He found their best angles and immortalized them.
75
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
This stylish film reminds us that great images endure after bodies and buildings crumble.
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."
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.
70
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.
60
Visual Acoustics goes out of its way to remain as kindly and pleasing as Shulman himself.
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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