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  • Release Date: Sep 13, 2013
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Chris Klimek
    Sep 10, 2013
    90
    It's an absorbing document of an extraordinary act of generosity.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 3, 2013
    75
    It’s a compelling, even stirring, tale.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Sobczynski
    Sep 13, 2013
    75
    As the saying goes, I may not know art, but I know what I like. I like this movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 27, 2013
    70
    Megumi Sasaki's follow-up to her first documentary, 2008's Herb & Dorothy, is as engaging and unpretentious as its subjects.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 13, 2013
    70
    Much like a work of art, the film invites a range of reactions, though it’s far easier to process than the daubs, doodles and other weird works that now hang all over the country.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 22, 2013
    70
    The democratic nature of the project and its exploration here jibes with the story of the Vogels, who (to put it mildly) don't conform to the stereotype of the filthy-rich art patron.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Sep 14, 2013
    63
    Dorothy Vogel is less the soft-spoken housewife from the first film than a businesswoman both shrewd and mousy, and her trajectory affords the film its closest semblance to a story.
  8. Reviewed by: Matt Patches
    Sep 10, 2013
    60
    The tangential artist interviews and constant lionizing of the star couple meander, but given how museums between the coasts rely on collectors for life support, 50x50 still acts as a provocative call to arms: Those who love art must support it.
  9. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Sep 12, 2013
    50
    It’s difficult to dislike a documentary with such noble, generous subjects, but the film is unfocused and repetitious, not sure whether it is a road trip, a story of a couple or an exploration of small art institutions.
  10. Reviewed by: Kenneth Baker
    Sep 19, 2013
    25
    The film's hymn of praise quickly grows cloying, thanks partly to a relentless musical soundtrack.

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