Neil Barsky is aware of how a great and terribly troubling person can reside in the same body, but his occasional eagerness to appoint himself as his subject's latest press agent is dubious.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
I wish other questions had been asked, and pushed, and a lot more context provided.
| Original Score: 2/4
An emphasis on Koch the character obscures his administration.
Neither blind idolatry nor a definitive portrait; just a major missed opportunity content to loiter in the middle of the road.
| Original Score: 3/5
The film neither glorifies nor vilifies. Instead, it treats triumphs and controversies with equal balance.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Barsky gained Koch's cooperation on the film -- the filmmaker interviewed his subject extensively -- yet his portrait of the man shows both his good and bad sides.
| Original Score: 8/10
Captures the man, burnishes the myth and remembers the "mouth."
| Original Score: 3/4
The film advances no theories to explain his contradictions, only a thrilling, sometimes affecting account of what he did.
First-time filmmaker Neil Barsky does a generally remarkable job shuttling back and forth between clips from archival footage...and an intimate 2010 interview he conducted of Koch.
| Original Score: A-
An enjoyable but not very revelatory tribute that has also become a visual obituary.
| Original Score: 6/10
Even if he stomped on your special interest you can't deny that he did it with a sui generis verve that mixed region-specific curmudgeon-ism and impish joie de vivre
A thoughtful look at the fundamental reasons a down-and-out city was primed to embrace this larger-than-life cheerleader for all things Gotham.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A great look at the history of [New York City] and a pivotal turning point when things changed so drastically.
| Original Score: 8.5/10
A breezy, thoroughly entertaining and balanced doc that sheds light on Ed Koch's panache, wisdom and sense of humor behind the curtain of politics.
| Original Score: 8.458/10
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
If unlikely to change anyone's mind about its subject, it's an effective primer on a voluble and charismatic mayor who embodied the spirit of the city he loved.
The rise and fall from grace of a good Jewish boy gone bad who ostensibly sold out the Big Apple but never summoned up the courage to come out of the closet.
| Original Score: 4/4
A fascinating, multi-faceted look at a very complicated man, a quintessential New Yorker who was both an uncommonly skilled politician and, at times, a tremendous jerk.
It's hard to fault a documentary for being as slanted toward a subject as director Neil Barsky's "Koch" is when the movie chronicles as self-celebratory a figure as former Mayor Ed Koch.
While the structure and style of the film are not particularly inventive, the film is a good background on the issues.