Helvetica Reviews

November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
March 7, 2008
Helvetica is one of those rare films in which the exploration of a specific topic leads to expanding horizons of perception.
March 7, 2008
Director Gary Hustwit opens our eyes to the visual culture of typography in much the same way as Andy Warhol once freed us from the tyranny of advertising, by inviting reflection upon that which is intended as a subliminal encounter.
October 13, 2007
The tweaky world of typography is not perhaps as much at the heart of how we live as these designers would have us believe, but it's enjoyable to watch them rhapsodise sans serifs and spacing.
September 25, 2007
A little like a study of the American Civil War that discusses the Confederacy without mentioning the Union.
September 19, 2007
Even viewers who've never given a serif a second thought are in for an exclamation point of joy from such a well-designed doc.
September 14, 2007
Though their interest sometime borders on obsessive, [director] Hustwit's stellar roster of experts parse Helvetica's origins and implications with engaging passion and striking articulateness.
September 13, 2007
Helvetica spins its wheels for a good part of its rather short running time, making the same points over and again, with diminishing effect each time.
September 12, 2007
Overlong but fascinating, Gary Hustwit's documentary posits Helvetica, a sans-serif typeface developed in 1957.
September 11, 2007
Helvetica keenly distills the eternal aesthetic battle between the classical and the baroque and explores what happens when a revolution goes mainstream.
September 6, 2007
Helvetica makes a game attempt to understand how typefaces have been applied to contemporary modes of information and how battle lines have been drawn about their usage.
June 20, 2007
Funny to think that the font movie would have the potential to restore one's faith in art and its myriad meanings, but it does.
June 16, 2007
Appropriately, once the final credits roll, you're likely to sit through them with an enhanced understanding of the typeface they're in.
June 16, 2007
The computer revolution may have democratized graphic design, letting anyone decorate his own desktop or MySpace page, but a certain amount of conformity is necessary for society to function.
June 15, 2007
A splendid documentary about one typeface, designed in 1957 in Switzerland.
June 14, 2007
By rounding up a great group of eloquent obsessives eager to explain their feelings about a font, Hustwit has come up with 80 unexpectedly blissful minutes.