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- 100% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) "Roadrunner" exists in that troubling paradox. It's the kind of tension Bourdain thrived on: Steeped in bleak implications, "Roadrunner" manages, against all odds, to be a good time. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
A- 100% Bo Burnham: Inside (2021) From shifting aspect ratios to split screens, gorgeous experiments with light and shadows and an array of musical effects, Burnham has built an intricate tapestry of cinematic devices to deepen the psychological intrigue in play. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
A- 92% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) It's a rare kind of movie magic to wrestle through this mess of a man and realize that the mysterious nature of his fate proves the only natural outcome, because no simple ending can do justice to a life bereft of easy answers. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
B 78% The Unthinkable (Den blomstertid nu kommer) (2021) The matter-of-fact nature of this conundrum unfolds with such subtle, elegant strokes that when a series of explosions suddenly begin to unfold across the country, they initially seem like little more than an afterthought. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
B 68% Army Of The Dead (2021) Snyder's a true believer in go-for-broke escapism and at its best, the mayhem in "Army of the Dead" is an infectious zombie bite of its own. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
D- 5% Vanquish (2021) It's always intriguing to watch perennial good guys try to go bad, but "Vanquish" doesn't give the man nearly enough substance to make that gamble worthwhile. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
D+ 50% Awaken (2018) It might feel good to gawk at the wonder and mystery of this strange third rock from the sun, but there's no real point to that emotional journey without some rationale for taking it in the first place. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
B 76% Bad Trip (2020) It's a blunt instrument of absurdity, but that's also what makes it so much fun. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
B- 88% Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal (2021) His story might not be over yet, but "Operation Varsity Blues" suggests that even if Singer goes down, the problem he exploited shows no sign of letting up. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
B 100% Not Going Quietly (2021) Not every rally or speech leads to overnight change, but when Barkan speaks, people listen. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
B 100% United States vs. Reality Winner (2021) With a hodgepodge of testimonies from her family and a sturdy timeline of the events at hand, "United States vs. Reality Winner" consolidates the anger over her fate by the people who understand it best. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
B- 88% The Hunt for Planet B (2021) When the telescope gets to work, it may not deliver firm answers for a world that demands instant gratification. But it will provide many reasons to keep looking up, and "The Hunt for Planet B" captures many of them. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
B 84% Nobody (2021) "Nobody" uses its boundaries as an asset. This giddy approach to action in place of story has held appeal ever since Wiley E. Coyote chased the Road Runner off a cliff, and "Nobody" lingers in a ludicrous plane that works in bite-sized pieces. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
C 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) "Zack Snyder's Justice League" is a product designed to celebrate its very existence. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
A- 96% Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021) One of European cinema's most unclassifiable auteurs has delivered the bitter pill we deserve. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
B- 100% Ted K (2021) The half-baked quality of the big picture leads to the conclusion that it may be impossible to ever fully comprehend the motivating factors that led to Kaczynski's fate - and perhaps that's how it belongs. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
B+ 100% A Cop Movie (2021) There's some measure of intellectual intrigue to these musings, but it undoes the narrative momentum leading up to it, instead leading "A Cop Movie" into the navel-gazing turf of meta-fiction. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
A- 92% Ballad of a White Cow (2021) The movie turns on a constant stream of grief and guilt, even as it develops into a subtle thriller steeped in a set of relationships bound to collapse at any moment. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
B 49% 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- 91% 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+ 77% 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- 89% 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+ 47% 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- 82% 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 93% 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+ 95% 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+ 67% 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+ 84% 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- 54% John and the Hole (2021) 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+ 71% 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 86% 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 95% 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 96% 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+ 93% 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- 50% 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 70% 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 (2021) 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+ 82% 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+ 90% 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+ 80% 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+ 98% 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