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Koch Reviews

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February 4, 2013
Even if he stomped on your special interest you can't deny that he did it with a sui generis verve that mixed region-specific curmudgeon-ism and impish joie de vivre
February 1, 2013
A thoughtful look at the fundamental reasons a down-and-out city was primed to embrace this larger-than-life cheerleader for all things Gotham.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 1, 2013
An enjoyable but not very revelatory tribute that has also become a visual obituary.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
February 1, 2013
I wish other questions had been asked, and pushed, and a lot more context provided.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 1, 2013
Koch presents an uncommonly juicy subject for a documentary, and filmmaker Neil Barsky makes the most of the opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 31, 2013
If the film were even two minutes longer, it might constitute Koch overload. Luckily, Barsky knows when enough is enough, even if his subject doesn't.
January 31, 2013
It's hard to fault a documentary for being as slanted toward a subject as director Neil Barsky's "Koch" is when the movie chronicles as self-celebratory a figure as former Mayor Ed Koch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2013
New York may be a safer, cleaner and less argumentative place than it was in the 1980s, but he remains as contentious, as mischievous and at times as inflammatory as ever.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2013
Koch doesn't try to do anything radical as a piece of filmmaking, but Barsky -- a former newspaper reporter -- covers Koch's story magnificently as a journalist.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 31, 2013
With great good humor... and a solid, old-fashioned stick-to-it-iveness, Barsky paints a warts-and-all portrait of Koch that is historically compelling, journalistically rigorous, and bursting with Essence of Koch...
January 30, 2013
Neil Barsky is aware of how a great and terribly troubling person can reside in the same body, but his occasional eagerness to appoint himself as his subject's latest press agent is dubious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 29, 2013
A breezy, thoroughly entertaining and balanced doc that sheds light on Ed Koch's panache, wisdom and sense of humor behind the curtain of politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.458/10
January 29, 2013
If unlikely to change anyone's mind about its subject, it's an effective primer on a voluble and charismatic mayor who embodied the spirit of the city he loved.
January 29, 2013
Neither blind idolatry nor a definitive portrait; just a major missed opportunity content to loiter in the middle of the road.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 29, 2013
A great look at the history of [New York City] and a pivotal turning point when things changed so drastically.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
January 29, 2013
A warts-and-all observation of the rise and fall of one of New York City's most controversial Mayors, Neil Barsky's well-paced documentary fills a necessary gap.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 29, 2013
While the structure and style of the film are not particularly inventive, the film is a good background on the issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 28, 2013
The film is a canny balancing act, making Koch's arrogance so plain that you quickly move past it and concede that he accomplished remarkable things for a city that was broke and in chaos and with much of its housing stock in ruins.
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