Eric Kohn

Eric Kohn
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
New York Press film critic.
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 100% Alice (2019) It's rare to see a minor-key drama that doesn't overextend the nature of the material, and rarer still for cinema to dig this deep into the female psyche without boxing it in. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
B 80% The Day Shall Come (2019) Morris has less command over the edgy material, positioning his modern-day Keystone Cops in a series of smarmy vignettes that don't cut quite as deep. But it still delivers a scathing and often very funny indictment of homeland insecurities. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
B+ 100% South Mountain (2019) A tender, intimate, and blatantly personal work that wears its lo-fi narrative with pride. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
B 69% Good Boys (2019) While the pace is spotty and not every joke lands, "Good Boys" manages to be adorable and twisted at the same time. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
B+ 92% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art of Self-Defense manages to clarify the filmmaker's intriguing vision by stuffing it into a remarkably unnerving character study. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
B 88% Sword of Trust (2019) Even as the narrative fizzles, the movie remains an appealing assemblage of timely themes. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
B- 46% The Highwaymen (2019) The Highwaymen falls short of making the case that the good guys had the better tale. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
B 91% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot turns its endearing couple into a savvy vessel for exploring America's fractured times. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
A- 100% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart excels at celebrating a friendship strong enough to guarantee that the party never really ends until the credits roll. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
B 100% Running with Beto (2019) "Running With Beto" encapsulates O'Rourke's impact with headlines and media reports of a potential victory superimposed on aerial shots of various counties, devices that keep the story engaging while reflecting O'Rourke's evolving confidence. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
A- 99% Us (2019) It unfolds as a satisfying dose of relentless, anxiety-inducing survival antics designed to keep viewers perpetually uneasy, and moves so quickly that they can only consider the deeper undercurrents after the credits roll. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
B- 73% Triple Frontier (2019) Fortunately, "Triple Frontier" doesn't lack for forward momentum once the group mobilizes, and the movie maintains a sufficient degree of thrills as each stage of the plan hits a new snag. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
A- 96% Gloria Bell (2019) "Gloria Bell" proves that the best stories can be told endlessly, so long as they're told well. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
C+ 25% The Aftermath (2019) As elegant post-war dramas about dark, romantic entanglements go, The Aftermath delivers the bare minimum. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B 40% Donnybrook (2019) While the movie develops a gripping and purposeful arc as it builds to the final act confrontation, the humorless aura has a tendency to stifle its characters' humanity by drowning them in desperation. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
B 80% Light of My life (2019) Even as Light of My Life meanders, it casts an atmospheric spell. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
C+ 46% What Men Want (2019) It's a movie designed for watchability rather than cohesion and, no matter its progressive aims, still suffers from the same old problems. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
C+ 80% The Lodge (2019) There's genuine fear in Keough's performance as a damaged woman grappling to contain her trauma before it destroys them all, but the movie places too much faith in her ability to carry the material through its aimless of cycle of freaky outbursts. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
C 58% After the Wedding (2019) Viewed on its own terms, the remake does competent lip-service to the original. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
A- 100% The Farewell (2019) A bittersweet look at a young woman contending with her Chinese family's many generational conflicts. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B 100% Divine Love (2019) A profound cinematic question about the nature of the country's conflicted soul. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 86% American Factory (2019) A fascinating tragicomedy about the incompatibility of American and Chinese industries. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
A- 93% Monos (2019) A thrilling survivalist saga. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 79% The Death of Dick Long (2019) It subverts expectations with gratifying results indicative of shrewd storytelling at work. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- No Score Yet The Great Hack (2019) Directors Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer have assembled an engaging overview. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 93% Luce (2019) A smart and sophisticated inquiry into race and class. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
100% Clemency (2019) A mature star-driven vehicle elevated by a brilliant performance that deserves all the awards it can get. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B 75% The Brink (2019) A watchable overview with few explosive details, but plenty of reasons to root for his downfall, and some modicum of payoff. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B 90% Big Time Adolescence (2019) A sturdy dramedy that makes up for its lack of depth in scrappy charm, and a willingness to admit that sometimes the best characters are ones destined to screw everything up. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
A- 100% One Child Nation (2019) A brilliant combination of cultural reporting and interpersonal reckoning...manages to encapsulate decades of underreported events within a palatable narrative accessible to even to viewers with no prior understanding of the policy's history. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C+ 71% The Tomorrow Man (2019) Keeps chasing a quirky scenario that never settles in. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B No Score Yet The Infiltrators (2019) It's nevertheless fascinating to watch the detailed nature of this scheme as the modes come together. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 67% Native Son (2019) Rashid Johnson's adaptation of the seminal novel isn't perfect, but it enhances the story's themes with powerful filmmaking. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 100% Honey Boy (2019) It's best appreciated less as movie than cinematic confessional, a quest for catharsis in the only substantial medium within his grasp. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
B 88% Give Me Liberty (2019) It's thrilling to watch a filmmaker work overtime to explore what it means to get lost in the moment, lose track of the bigger picture, and then discover it all over again. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
B- 66% Vice (2018) There's much to admire about "Vice," from performances to its sprawling timeline, and yet it often seems trapped between the intentions of a broad liberal parody and more sincere attempts to understand Cheney's essence. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
C 65% Aquaman (2018) In a better world, "Aquaman" would excel at delivering an ecological message to the masses. But all the fish in the sea can't salvage a movie that refuses to go more than surface deep. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
90% Ghostbox Cowboy (2018) "Ghostbox Cowboy" truly defies categorization, and remains so unpredictable that no single viewing can resolve the fertile ideas it puts on the table about globalization, innovation, and the role of individuality in a fast-paced world that rejects it. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
B 84% Creed II (2018) We know what to expect from these stories, but both "Creed" and its sequel invite us to forget - so we can rediscover the thrill all over again. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
C 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) With few modifications, "On the Basis of Sex" could have been made 30 years ago, and its rousing portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg would be a cheesy tearjerker with purpose. Today, it's out of touch. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
B 92% Hush (2016) Once the premise kicks into high gear, Hush reveals itself as a finely craved one-trick pony. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
B 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) If nothing else, this agreeable period piece provides a good case for many retrospectives to come. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
C 79% Apostle (2018) By the time Apostle arrives at its big reveal, the movie has veered off on so many tangled pathways that the ending can't resolve them all. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
B- 61% The Oath (2018) [Barinholtz] manages to derive some amusing observations about toxic masculinity. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
B+ 71% Hold the Dark (2018) Hold the Dark evades the payoff of easy explanations, but the filmmaker crafts such an immersive blend of shocking, violent developments and lyrical imagery that the specifics rarely matter. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
C- 13% The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018) A spectacular mash of half-baked ideas... Well, that, and a movie that just got lost somewhere in the editing room. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B 75% Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) While technically a supporting character, Dern often steals the show, relishing the opportunity to shift between a trio of personalities to darkly comic effect. That's appropriate in a movie all about the perils of seeking attention. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
B 78% Green Book (2018) A touching and meaningful look at race and class in America, the likes of which studios rarely produce anymore. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
B+ 78% Mid90s (2018) The first feature from writer-director Jonah Hill shows some of the best qualities of veteran actors who step behind the camera, with nuanced performances so real the characters practically fall off the screen. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
A- 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins' reliance on the original text opens up the filmmaker's style, but he also turns the material into a broader meditation on Baldwin's broader concerns. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018