Metascore
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Aug 6, 2012
    88
    Few recent studies of commercialized sex have been character profiles, so Rob Schröder and Gabrielle Provaas's documentary is an unusual and welcome polemic.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Aug 8, 2012
    80
    Rob Schroder and Gabrielle Provaas' raunchy, hilariously uninhibited documentary should wow arthouse audiences.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Aug 7, 2012
    80
    Truthfully, watching septuagenarian whores spank mildly titillated johns and test-drive sex toys has never seemed so ho-hum - or so oddly familiar.
  4. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Dec 14, 2012
    75
    Despite the occasional stumble, the doc never falls, thanks to the sheer strength of its subjects' undaunted and indomitable character.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Aug 10, 2012
    75
    It's an uneasy tonal mix that wants to have it both ways - this is a difficult way to pay the rent, but look at how charming the Fokkens are.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 8, 2012
    75
    Ultimately, Meet The Fokkens isn't a documentary about elderly hookers; it's about two women forced into a hard life by circumstance, who tried to make the best of their situation, and are trying still.
  7. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 8, 2012
    70
    Warm-hearted and entertaining, if more sad than its quirky premise suggests.
  8. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Aug 7, 2012
    70
    Directors Rob Schröder and Gabrielle Provaas capture some un-pretty details of spankings, HJs, and dominance scenarios, but the film is about two old ladies, still cackling despite the sadness that trailed in the wake of the lives into which they were forced.
  9. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 9, 2012
    60
    What we really want is to get to know them. Instead, the film too-aptly reflects life in their line of work: brief interludes rather than intimate soul-baring. That's a shame, since there can't be that many 70-year-old identical twin prostitutes with a 50-year history in the business.
  10. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Aug 7, 2012
    50
    Why the sisters felt that prostitution was their best alternative remains unclear, either because they aren't interested in revealing that part of themselves, or the filmmakers didn't know how to get them to talk. Or maybe Ms. Provaas and Mr. Schroder weren't interested, for political or personal reasons, in making what, despite the laughter, they ended up with: another sad story about whores.

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