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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.
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
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A love letter to the outdated, be it typewriters, thank you notes, mom and pop repair shops, or creativity that doesn't start with turning a computer on first.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 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
August 24, 2017
It's a beautiful film, made with consideration for the love these typewriter buffs feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 15, 2017
A compelling look at a valuable contraption that's slipping through our grasp, and will send many viewers to flea markets and eBay for one of their own.
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August 17, 2017
Nichol's background is in music videos and band documentaries, and he links crisply conceived sequences that mimic the synchronized commotion of an actual typewriter.
August 17, 2017
The latest analog fad gets a fun and fascinating dissection in this cute documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 23, 2017
A documentary with all the "Write Stuff" for lovers and purists who fear the typewriter has gone the way of the dinosaurs. This remarkably entertaining movie proves there is still hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 14, 2017
This captivating documentary pays tributes to typewriters and the small but passionate group who still love and repair them. It is filled with delightful characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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 28, 2017
Doug Nichol's handsomely packaged, if slightly myopic, documentary California Typewriter waxes poetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 13, 2017
Though I'm more of an old school pen and paper person myself, there's no point resisting Richard Polt's movement ode to just how The Revolution Will Be Typewritten. Or for that matter, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra. And, the last film of Sam Shepard.
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
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
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
August 23, 2017
An entertaining documentary about people who love typewriters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 24, 2017
A winsome spell of romance and nostalgia and adorably dorky passion. This is not a portrait of people with an odd hobby: it is a hymn to mechanical beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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