Herb & Dorothy Reviews

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November 17, 2011
Full Review | 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
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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
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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
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
July 2, 2009
You can't hate the film anymore than you can hate Herb and Dorothy. But this is lazy work.
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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
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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
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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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 3, 2009
Herb & Dorothy describes and amply illustrates the extraordinary saga of the Vogels, who double-handedly built one of the most important collections of Minimalist and Conceptual Art in history with their modest salaries.
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
June 3, 2009
Former journalist Megumi Sasaki's warmhearted celebration of these adorable do-gooders cements their significance to the art world and introduces them to the rest of us.