Eric Kohn

Eric Kohn
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
New York-based Executive Editor & Chief Critic at IndieWire

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 51% Coming 2 America (2021) "Coming 2 America" doesn't have to be perfect to succeed at putting [Murphy] centerstage. All hail the King. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
B- 93% I'm Your Man (2021) "I'm Your Man" underserves the robot at its center, but that's also sort of the point: This isn't some kind of paean to the prospects of cybernetic attraction so much as a meditation on loneliness and desire. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
C+ 78% The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) In the process of merging formulas, "The Map of Tiny Perfect Things" recycles the same material it seems inclined to rejuvenate, one step at a time. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
B- 88% President (2021) Democracy, after all, is always a work in progress - and "President" leaves the impression that Zimbabwe's work has a long way to go. Part three can't come soon enough. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
B+ 38% Users (2021) "Users" is without a doubt the kind of overwhelming sonic experience best-suited for a large screen and a top-notch sound system capable of doing justice to its ravishing design. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
B- 81% The Wanting Mare (2020) This kind of hushed, low-key story certainly wouldn't be the most obvious place to start an epic, but it's a captivating chunk of mood and personality begging for future chapters. Here's hoping Bateman finds a way to tell them. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
B 99% Totally Under Control (2020) None of the fancy gimmicky in "Totally Under Control" can top the sheer emotional turmoil on display from its key subjects. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
B 100% All Light, Everywhere (2021) No matter where it wanders, "All Light Everywhere" always makes it clear that cameras can kill us just as much as the guns that inspired them. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
B+ 94% El Planeta (2021) More than anything else, the appeal of "El Planeta" comes down to people who realize they've exhausted every option, and decide they may as well go down in style. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
B+ 70% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) While Ascher casts a wide net, "A Glitch in the Matrix" works quite well as an overview of the various epistemological questions it raises. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
B+ 86% Strawberry Mansion (2021) The filmmakers do a lot with little and don't try to hide it, providing a welcome contrast to the idea that effects-driven storytelling exclusively belongs within the costly realm of Hollywood spectacles. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
B- 56% John and the Hole (2020) Despite its shortcomings, "John and the Hole" shows enough restraint and thematic sophistication to indicate strong potential for Sisto behind the camera. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
B+ 72% Cryptozoo (2021) Brimming with constant new ideas and visual innovation, Shaw's work captures the flurry of thought and motion at the center of dangerous times, and even dares to make them fun. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
B 87% Censor (2021) The movie shows the mark of a filmmaker in full command of vintage horror's most disturbing strengths - and well-equipped to resurrect them. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
A 100% Flee (2020) It's activism, therapy, and great cinema all at once. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
B 97% In the Same Breath (2021) It may not diagnose a new problem, but "In the Same Breath" doesn't lack for narrative drive. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
B 92% The Human Factor (2020) If there is a better way to approach the situation, "The Human Factor" can't find it. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
B+ 91% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) Oppenheim relishes in the strange beauty of their lives with Rockwellian precision, and the bigger picture remains elusive throughout. Look closer, however, and the movie makes a sobering point, whether or not Oppenheim intended it . - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
B- 51% The Midnight Sky (2020) With its soulful Alexadre Desplat score and Martin Ruhe's lyrical cinematography as its guide, the movie unleashes a mostly welcome stream of sci-fi pastiche, tapping into the the fundamental appeal of its precedents. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
B 71% 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez (2020) "'69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez" manages to lay out the fragments of the Tekashi story well enough to cast a valuable spotlight on the nature of his fame. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
B 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) A stagey chamber piece with occasional flashes of musical intensity and thematic depth to spare. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
A 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) No matter the devastation they have to face, "Collective" demonstrates the potential for moral courage to endure, under even the most dire efforts to snuff it out. No matter who runs the show, the work goes on. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
B+ 100% The Meaning of Hitler (2020) The movie isn't just another cautionary tale; it's a jagged intellectual wakeup call that cuts deep, and America can't hear it enough. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
B+ 83% Mank (2020) Despite the artifice in every frame, "Mank" is grounded in the realism of its protagonist's perspective, and Oldman bursts through every scene with such domineering energy he often looks as though he might burst onto the lens. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
B 100% More Than Honey (2013) The movie compensates for its murkier sections with a poignant outlook. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
B 78% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2020) Krejcí and Dufault avoid didacticism thanks to the sheer gusto they bring to a wide range of settings, from the cramped interiors of an RV to a lighthouse party lit by fireworks late at night. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
B- 92% The Life Ahead (2020) "The Life Ahead" is compelling enough to make the by-the-numbers narrative worth telling, if only because with such fine-tuned performances at its center, it deserves to be told. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
B+ 89% My Psychedelic Love Story (2020) "My Psychedelic Love Story" crystallizes its appeal in Harcourt-Smith's gentle face, as she argues with the filmmaker and herself while talking through her drama until she's only left with fragments of possibilities. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
B 90% Belushi (2020) It's always fun to sit through a clip reel when the talent quotient is this high, but "Belushi" doesn't sugarcoat the sadness at the core of the actor's legacy. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
B- 87% White Noise (2020) "White Noise" culminates by letting its subjects share their delusions of grandeur, but can't sort out if they're pathetic or practical in these uncertain times. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
B+ 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) It's almost too easy to recall the Jean-Luc Godard quote that every movie needs a girl and gun, but "I'm Your Woman" takes that truism and it endows it with fresh purpose. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
B+ 100% City Hall (2020) By the time "City Hall" arrives at its breathtaking final shots, Wiseman has crafted such an advanced case for understanding every aspect of local governance that it leads to the impression that America would be a better place if everyone experienced it. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
B 90% Limbo (2020) The movie could easily fall into a bland sentimental routine from there, but Sharrock's irreverent tone turns Farhad's journey into a strange and involving one. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
B 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) A look back at rabble-rousers from another era won't change the world, but "Chicago 7" is a solid tribute to a few men who realized they could, even when the system they fought for came up short. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
B- 77% Concrete Cowboy (2020) [A] sentimental father-son drama that doesn't break new ground, but milks the fascinating backdrop for all its formulaic potential and winds up compelling enough. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
B+ 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) There's a fundamental thrill to watching Vinterberg and Mikkelsen find their groove again. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
A- 94% Nomadland (2021) The movie churns through a familiar saga of a woman who grows tired of her surroundings, but casts aside the pressure to conform to the traditional beats of that plight. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
B+ 80% Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams (2020) The filmmaker, often glimpsed on the edges of the frame, clearly harbors the same giddiness for Ferragamo's talent as many of his interviews. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
B No Score Yet Dear Comrade (2020) The pace is so swift that it's impossible to take into account the full picture until Lyudmila gets a moment to breathe and think it through. Konchalovsky doesn't linger on the violence, but endows it with symbolic intensity. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
B- 95% Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) "Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President" is more of a side-dish to his legacy than the feature-length format can sustain. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
B 89% Hopper/Welles (2020) Less of a standalone movie than one of the greatest bonus features ever made. But anyone invested in the careers of these two monolithic figures will never tire of hearing them babble on. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
B- 79% Enemies of the State (2020) "Enemies of the State" makes for an arresting window into the way dueling stories can obscure fact-based analysis, but stumbles when it feels compelled to overemphasize this point. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
B+ 86% Topside (2020) The whole concept of a lo-fi New York movie shot on the streets has been done and redone so many times that it risks cliché, but "Topside" works as well it does because it never tries to reinvent that playbook. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
B 96% Dear Comrades! (2021) National soul-searching never really ends, but "Dear Comrades!" makes the case that the quest is always worthwhile. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
B 93% The Furnace (2020) There's enough depth to the central conflict to make "The Furnace" worthy of the cinematic traditions that inspired it. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
A- 96% The Disciple (2020) "The Disciple" is more about the journey than the destination, with a conclusion that suggests the student never really becomes the teacher when the subject is his own life. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
B No Score Yet Dear Mr. Brody (2020) With the riveting selection of stories from the people who reached out to him, "Dear Mr. Brody" makes the poignant case that this story is far from over. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
B 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) A little stupid idealism can go a long way, and "Face the Music" makes the case that morons can come together to set the world right. Talk about movie magic. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
B+ 100% Coronation (2020) Watching "Coronation" is akin to sitting inside that shadow and watching its inhabitants scramble for some semblance of light. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
C+ 89% Sputnik (2020) "Sputnik" is a reminder of the mixed-bag experience that so many of them offer: It's an efficient, effects-driven ride with snippets of real ideas, but never quite willing to take them out of this world. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020