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Koch Reviews

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Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
August 28, 2013
Both as a portrait of a changing New York City and the man who was at the epicentre of that evolution for over a decade, Koch is a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 17, 2013
An engaging if incomplete portrait of an unconventional politician.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 9, 2013
Forget "A Tale of Two Cities:" - the documentary "Koch" is a tale of two mayors. At LEAST two.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jamie S. Rich
May 8, 2013
The film neither glorifies nor vilifies. Instead, it treats triumphs and controversies with equal balance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Stephen Silver
May 2, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 26, 2013
He was certainly combative, and confident, and full of love for the city he governed with such gusto. Koch is a New York story for the whole world to appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
April 18, 2013
The gift of Koch is that it embraces the clutter and volume of opinion about the man.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
April 11, 2013
What he really was was one of a kind. Whether intentionally or not, "Koch" shows that that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
March 16, 2013
Captures the man, burnishes the myth and remembers the "mouth."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 14, 2013
An emphasis on Koch the character obscures his administration.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
March 5, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
March 2, 2013
Neil Barsky's contentious documentary turns into a celebratory eulogy for the outspoken, opportunistic octogenarian.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
March 1, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 28, 2013
The film advances no theories to explain his contradictions, only a thrilling, sometimes affecting account of what he did.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
February 28, 2013
The former mayor is an alert onscreen presence, but the film surrounding him is not always so lively.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 28, 2013
"How'm I doin'?" Koch famously asked anyone and everyone he passed by, rarely hanging around for the answer. In "Koch," for the most part, he does all right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kam Williams
February 10, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rafer Guzman
February 7, 2013
"Koch" is a treasure trove of little moments that illuminate a famously cantankerous, sharp-elbowed, showboating personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 6, 2013
A highlight-to-lowlight chronicle of the man's three terms as mayor, and in the case of any other mayor, such a narrow focus might have seemed reductive.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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