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Ed Koch

Ed Koch
Ed Koch's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Atlantic

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) The original film was far superior and will be remembered in years to come while the current remake will soon be forgotten.‐ The Atlantic
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76% Julie & Julia (2009) Julie & Julia was pure entertainment. The title of this film should be amended to Julie, Julia, & Nora. Nora Ephron's script and direction, along with the performances of Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, add up to one joyous picture.‐ The Atlantic
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97% The Hurt Locker (2009) The Hurt Locker is without a doubt one of the best war pictures I have ever seen, and I have seen most of them.‐ The Atlantic
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94% In the Loop (2009) This alleged satire, which received four-star treatment from other critics, left me with a ho-hum and sorry feeling that I had wasted an evening seeing it.‐ The Atlantic
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88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) The performance of Christoph Waltz, playing the Nazi Gestapo figure Col. Hans Landa, is the highlight of the film. His ability to convey courtliness and sympathy and then go to commit the cruelest of horrors is simply superb.‐ The Atlantic
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49% Whatever Works (2009) Woody Allen is always exploring new avenues. While Whatever Works isn't close to his best films, it is far better than most of the current crop of romantic comedies, most of which are schlock.‐ The Atlantic
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62% Extract (2009) What a mistake. Extract is awful. Intended as a light, soft-porno-motivated film, it turned out to be crude and with little humor.‐ The Atlantic
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36% Donne-moi la main (Give Me Your Hand) (2009) The long and short of it is that that this road-trip film is not terrible, but it is certainly not a good movie. It lacks a plot and goes nowhere, but the scenes of rural France are magnificent.‐ The Atlantic
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84% Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008) Two problems I had with the film were that the subtitles were too small making them difficult to read and that they did not remain on the screen long enough to adequately read. Nevertheless, it is an amazing movie and well worth your time. ‐ The Atlantic
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85% 500 Days of Summer (2009) The principals perform their roles nicely, but there really isn't much for them to do. Undoubtedly, the age gap has influenced my negative response. ‐ The Atlantic
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67% Paris (2008) My expectation was that the City of Lights would be displayed in an exceptional manner. Take it from me, it is not.‐ The Atlantic
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79% The Informant! (2009) Although not a blockbuster, The Informant is an interesting, diverting film. ‐ The Atlantic
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90% A Serious Man (2009) The entire script is a mishmash: funny, droll, and anxiety producing, just like daily life in many Jewish families.‐ The Atlantic
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63% Coco Before Chanel (2009) Coco Before Chanel is not a great film, but it is a good one...the joy between Coco and Boy truly dominates the screen and gets your attention.‐ The Atlantic
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72% The Boys Are Back (2009) While not rising to the status of first rate, Boys Are Back is interesting and worth seeing.‐ The Atlantic
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95% An Education (2009) This is a lovely, delicious film with fine acting and a unique plot.‐ The Atlantic
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92% The Damned United (2009) The story should have added up to an interesting and exciting movie, but it didn't for me. It was not due to Sheen's acting, but rather to a boring and confusing script.‐ The Atlantic
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72% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) The minus I give this children's story pains me...If I had seen this film when I was eight, I would have been terrified. ‐ The Atlantic
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57% The Invention of Lying (2009) I kid you not when I say I sat there wondering is there nothing more to this film? Am I overlooking something? I don't think so, and I couldn't wait for the lights to go up. ‐ The Atlantic
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79% Killing Kasztner (2009) Killing Kasztner will cause you to weep, even without displaying heartrending concentration camps scenes.‐ The Atlantic
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93% La Nana (The Maid) (2009) This is a boring and much too long movie...all in all, if you give any thought to how you spend your discretionary hours this, in my opinion, The Maid is not the movie for you. ‐ The Atlantic
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91% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) The performances of Sidibe and Mo'Nique are extraordinary and spellbinding.‐ The Atlantic
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52% The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) Save your money and, more important, your precious time.‐ The Atlantic
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83% Bright Star (2009) Wonderful attention is paid to detail, including clothing, furniture and highly-stylized behavior. What is missing is emotion.‐ The Atlantic
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89% The Messenger (2009) An extraordinary anti-war film that does not engage in polemics. The Messenger's extreme effectiveness is due to the brilliant acting of Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson.‐ The Atlantic
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61% The Missing Person (2009) The atmosphere of the film is similar to the Ellery Queen detective stories of yesteryear, but the result is not nearly as good. ‐ The Atlantic
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74% The Road (2009) It wasn't fascinating at all. The movie looked like it cost $500 to make, excluding actors' salaries, which were worth another $500.‐ The Atlantic
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85% A Single Man (2009) This is an important homosexual film based on a first-rate novel with a first-rate cast and probably a harbinger of similar movies to come. Many viewers will be disappointed that the movie only hints at intimacy rather than showcasing it.‐ The Atlantic
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91% Up in the Air (2009) A slick, cute, diverting, superbly-acted film but also an empty one due to the picture's raison d'être: a one-trick pony concerned solely with lack of commitment.‐ The Atlantic
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64% Brothers (2009) Although Brothers is not a first-rate film, it informs us about the after-effects of war and is worth seeing while we wait for better ones to come along.‐ The Atlantic
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57% It's Complicated (2009) The movie won't take you to the top of the mountain or leave you with memories and references for discussion, but you won't be bored if you see it. Without compromising my standards, I can give this film an unqualified plus.‐ The Atlantic
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83% Avatar (2009) In my opinion, Avatar has been hyped beyond the point of forgiveness. ‐ The Atlantic
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70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) The Victorian sets are terrific and the performances of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, both consummate actors with a special style, are excellent. Nevertheless, their performances are not enough to compensate for a less than stellar script.‐ The Atlantic
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91% Crazy Heart (2009) Crazy Heart is a wonderful picture that will immediately affect you and hold your interest to the very end. ‐ The Atlantic
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38% Nine (2009) Though the film is uneven, it is worth seeing for the good parts. Daniel Day-Lewis does a credible job.‐ The Atlantic
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76% The Young Victoria (2009) The acting is fine, and while the plot is somewhat stale and very slow in taking shape, it is never boring. Those who like opulent movies in dress and scenery will love this movie. Regrettably, they will also soon forget it after they leave.‐ The Atlantic
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76% Invictus (2009) Morgan Freeman's portrayal of Nelson Mandela creates a superb moment in time on the movie screen.‐ The Atlantic
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47% The Book of Eli (2010) This picture is one big waste of time, including that of the actors and those in the audience who pay to see it.‐ The Atlantic
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78% The Girl on the Train (La Fille du RER) (2010) Baloney. The movie is made up of unfulfilled possibilities. Some of the scenes are interesting, but a film with a solid story it is not. ‐ The Atlantic
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85% The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009) Suffice it to say that I don't understand the rave reviews that this picture received, and I was not a happy camper when I left the theater.‐ The Atlantic
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56% Edge of Darkness (2010) The acting, with the exception of Bojana Novakovic, adds nothing to the trite plot. ‐ The Atlantic
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70% The Last Station (2010) With all of its faults, The Last Station will satisfy even those only slightly familiar with the works of Leo Tolstoy and the time in which he lived‐ The Atlantic
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85% Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot) (2010) Those interested in viewing a lifestyle they never knew--that of the pious gay--while the acceptance of homosexuality is an issue around the world, will be enlightened by this film.‐ The Atlantic
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62% Frozen (2010) Frozen is a tour de force, not because of exceptional performances by the actors, but rather the outstanding directing of Adam Green, who also wrote the script. The script gave Green a limited area within which to work, and he carried it off superbly.‐ The Atlantic
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97% Ajami (2010) What comes through is that the troubles besetting Muslims and Jews and their emotional responses are similar in nature. The people involved have so much in common.‐ The Atlantic
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97% A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010) A Prophet is not a fabulous film, but it is well worth seeing. Although it is 2 hours 29 minutes long and its story is not surprising, it is always riveting.‐ The Atlantic
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36% The Last New Yorker (2010) I thought the dialogue between the parties was inadequate, the script preposterous, and the attempt to visually capture the uniqueness of New York City a failure.‐ The Atlantic
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83% The Ghost Writer (2010) The dialogue and suspense created by director Polanski are first rate. You will enjoy this film.‐ The Atlantic
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86% Harlan - Im Schatten von Jud Süss (Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Seuss) (2010) This movie is a one-trick pony. It depicts the efforts of Harlan's children and grandchildren, many who appear in the film, to clear his name from the taint of anti-Semitism. They didn't convince me.‐ The Atlantic
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54% Green Zone (2010) I don't like polemics, not even those supporting my position. This film does not support my position...the movie contains far too little in terms of a coherent, believable plot.‐ The Atlantic
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