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

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A couple (Dorothy Vogel, Herbert Vogel) redefine what it means to be an art collector.

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Critic Reviews for Herb and Dorothy

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (1)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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.

    October 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    July 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    July 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Herb and Dorothy, a documentary by Megumi Sasaki, grows on you just as its subjects do.

    July 9, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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.

    October 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    July 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    July 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Herb & Dorothy Vogel are my new heroes. They prove definitively that anyone can appreciate, love and buy art. Plus, it's clear they adore each other as much as they love their collection.

    March 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The Vogels are charming subjects whose love of art lights up the screen.

    August 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Herb and Dorothy

  • Dec 26, 2010
    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 postal worker. the vogels were compulsive collectors who filled every inch of their small apartment with works purchased from artists they found interesting, before anyone else found them interesting. i had to wonder how they kept their numerous cats from destroying any of their precious works. it's a good thing they never had children! blessed with a good eye and a passion for art, the vogels, once frustrated painters themselves, never dreamed of selling even a single piece, eventually donating it all to the national gallery in washington, so the collection could remain intact and as a gift to the american people. after all, they were public employees all their working lives. they're an adorable couple and much beloved in the new york art world. and they visit their collection once a year.
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