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  • Summary: When Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a retired postal clerk and librarian, began collecting works of contemporary art in the 1960s, they never imagined it would outgrow their one bedroom Manhattan apartment and spread throughout America. 50 years later, the collection is nearly 5,000 pieces and worth millions. Refusing to sell, the couple launches an unprecedented project to give a total of 2,500 artworks to museums in all fifty states. Collapse
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: 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 3, 2013
    75
    It’s a compelling, even stirring, tale.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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