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Herb & Dorothy Reviews

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November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 21, 2010
A história da paixão incontrolável do casal Vogel por arte contemporânea é algo não só tocante, mas educativo.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 21, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
July 28, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 17, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
July 16, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 10, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 9, 2009
Herb and Dorothy, a documentary by Megumi Sasaki, grows on you just as its subjects do.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 9, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
July 2, 2009
When was the last time you saw older protags, or a happily married couple, in American film? In this charming docu, the Vogels recall vividly their experiences in life and art over the past four decades.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
June 19, 2009
This easygoing movie fully captures the couple's charm and offers a unique look at the '60s and '70s New York art scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 18, 2009
Megumi Sasaki's convivial Herb and Dorothy is both a double-portrait of the diminutive couple, now in their 90s and 80s, and a sketch of the art, and artists, collected by these vest-pocket Rockefellers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emily S. Mendel
June 12, 2009
As the film progresses, we become captivated by the enchanted existence [Herb and Dorothy Vogel] have made for themselves.
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
June 12, 2009
Herb and Dorothy certainly proves there's more than one way to be an art collector. It just doesn't probe deeply enough and ask thorny questions about the nature of collecting and the nature of art, and how they relate to one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jerry Portwood
New York Press
June 10, 2009
Ultimately, the tale is inspiring: Why can't we all be like the Vogels and become great collectors?
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Bob Mondello
June 10, 2009
Briskly and engagingly cinematic. ... [Their compulsive collecting seems] at once crazy, smart, generous and enormously endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 6, 2009
A fascinating, warm and delightfully charming documentary that finds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them intellectually.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.75/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 5, 2009
As they share their views of modern art, director Megumi Sasaki's film feels like a cozy visit with neighbors whose insights are priceless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
June 5, 2009
The Vogels [Herb and Dorothy], sitting in their same old apartment, overflowing as ever, make for charming company.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Doris Toumarkine
Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2009
Delightful, involving doc about an unlikely couple who became pioneer contemporary art collectors with working-class salaries.

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 19, 2009
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