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California Typewriter Reviews

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May 14, 2020
California Typewriter does feel like a bit of time travel, but in the interest of better writing, it's a trip you'll love taking.
May 9, 2018
[Director Doug] Nichol's excellent sense of place expands even to the Vince Guaraldi instrumentals on the soundtrack.
November 10, 2017
California Typewriter is a nostalgic documentary that will make you think about what life was like in the days before computers, smart phones, and the internet.
November 8, 2017
The questions this documentary raises, in between all the human stories and history it teaches, will definitely haunt you as the credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 27, 2017
There are two ready-made audiences for this doc and both will benefit from seeing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 27, 2017
I enjoyed this film about typewriters so much that I feel guilty writing this review on a computer instead of a Smith Corona.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 25, 2017
A love story that clacks!
October 25, 2017
If California Typewriter slightly overstays its welcome, as Nichol pushes past a natural end point to make the case for manual typewriters as the new vinyl... well, that seems somehow appropriate, too. Love has a way of blinding us to reality, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 29, 2017
... a retro-fun salute to the analog age and a thoughtful consideration of how digital technology affects our lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2017
A love letter to the outdated, be it typewriters, thank you notes, mom and pop repair shops, or creativity that doesn't start with turning a computer on first.
September 29, 2017
I do wish the film had gone a little farther in its structure... but otherwise, I love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 29, 2017
All of it is a bit of a hodgepodge of ideas, but it's an engaging one, nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 28, 2017
Doug Nichol's handsomely packaged, if slightly myopic, documentary California Typewriter waxes poetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 21, 2017
California Typewriter wanders a bit in its curiosity, but it is hardly a piece of ephemeral nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 21, 2017
Suffusing the documentary is an almost religious reverence for this mundane and obsolete mechanical apparatus. Not that it's undeserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 20, 2017
A surprisingly thoughtful and beautifully shot film that doubles as both a history of and a love letter to the humble typewriter.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 14, 2017
'California Typewriter' is a very likable, eccentric excursion. It goes deeper than you may at first believe. It will make you look back and reflect on the cost of technology to the mind and the spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 14, 2017
The best thing is that Nichol doesn't adopt a luddite stance. He doesn't try to impart the evils of technology, at least not much.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 7, 2017
One of those documentaries that at first seems like just an enjoyable lark about some eccentric people but winds up raising deeper issues about human needs and the creative process.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 7, 2017
Although the film would benefit from a more reined-in focus, "California Typewriter" is a love letter to an antiquated device - one that retains its charm and utility even in the digital age.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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