Koch (2013)



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Former Mayor Ed Koch is the quintessential New Yorker. Still ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, the now 87-year-old Koch ruled New York from 1978 to 1989-a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant crime. First-time filmmaker (and former Wall Street Journal reporter) Neil Barsky has crafted an intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man, his legacy as a political titan, and the town he helped transform. The tumult of his three terms … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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On DVD: Aug 26, 2013
Box Office: $0.3M
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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (17)

He was certainly combative, and confident, and full of love for the city he governed with such gusto. Koch is a New York story for the whole world to appreciate.

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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What he really was was one of a kind. Whether intentionally or not, "Koch" shows that that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Full Review… | April 11, 2013
Boston Globe
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An emphasis on Koch the character obscures his administration.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Chicago Reader
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Though the film, more than two years in the making, was never intended as such, it plays like the kind of eulogy Koch would have approved - neither fawning nor eviscerating but always compelling.

Full Review… | March 1, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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The film advances no theories to explain his contradictions, only a thrilling, sometimes affecting account of what he did.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
Wall Street Journal
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"How'm I doin'?" Koch famously asked anyone and everyone he passed by, rarely hanging around for the answer. In "Koch," for the most part, he does all right.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
Arizona Republic
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Audience Reviews for Koch

Barsky may have been a little too nice to Ed Koch with this film, but I appreciate the desire to openly examine his administration in all of it's little and big contradictions.

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