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California Typewriter Reviews

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
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 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
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 31, 2017
A rich, thoughtful, meticulously crafted tapestry about the evolution of the beloved writing machine for purists, history buffs, collectors and others fighting to preserve or re-embrace analog life.
August 24, 2017
Anyone who loves machines, poetry or, better yet, the poetry of machines should see it ...
August 18, 2017
A quaintly ingenious meditation on what the digital era is doing to us - how it has taken us a step away from reality, even as it's made everything easier.
Top Critic
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
This quirky, obsessive documentary is about so much more than broken keys and busted type wheels. It's really about how we create art.
August 15, 2017
[Doug] Nichol has created a loving valentine to all the iconoclasts who resist what the rest of the world defines as progress.
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.
August 11, 2017
The overlong but charming documentary California Typewriter is an ode to the iconic writing instrument.
Full Review | Original Score: B+