Herb & Dorothy
Herb & Dorothy (2008)

The film takes a close look at the historical gift project by the legendary art collector couple, Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, and its impact on art communities around America. Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, a former postal clerk and a librarian,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 15, 2009
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While perhaps not as probing as it could have been, Megumi Sasaki's languidly paced documentary is as entertaining as it is inspiring.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The movie gives us an eyeful, but the unexamined irony is that the nice old couple can't sell the rest of us on why it's good.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Herb and Dorothy, a documentary by Megumi Sasaki, grows on you just as its subjects do.

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

A história da paixão incontrolável do casal Vogel por arte contemporânea é algo não só tocante, mas educativo.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Sasaki balances her subjects' yarns with insights into the cultural moment that shaped them and vice-versa, in particular the shift from abstract expressionism to the sparer gestures of minimalist and conceptual art.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

It's impossible to leave this movie believing that the Vogels are weirdos or naifs. A wealth of artists and curators testify to their strong eye, unwavering enthusiasm, and clear judgment.

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

A solid and engaging documentary that shows the chasm between art and those that are removed, for various reasons, from its creation and most readily accessible exhibition to be a largely artificial construct.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

If Ripley's Believe It or Not! were still around, Herb and Dorothy Vogel would surely be in it for amassing a world-class art collection on the most ordinary of working-class salaries.

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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post

You can't hate the film anymore than you can hate Herb and Dorothy. But this is lazy work.

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Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix

As director Megumi Sasaki's leisurely yet absorbing documentary tells it, the crusty postman and the mild librarian emerged as the Fred and Ethel Mertz of modernism, championing the early careers of such artists as Sol LeWitt and Christo.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
a quirky doc about a new york couple who amassed one of the most impressive collections of contemporary art in america, on the salaries of a librarian and a… More