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Koch Reviews

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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
May 17, 2013
An engaging if incomplete portrait of an unconventional politician.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
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
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
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
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
March 16, 2013
Captures the man, burnishes the myth and remembers the "mouth."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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-
March 2, 2013
Neil Barsky's contentious documentary turns into a celebratory eulogy for the outspoken, opportunistic octogenarian.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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
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
February 28, 2013
The film advances no theories to explain his contradictions, only a thrilling, sometimes affecting account of what he did.
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
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
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
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
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+
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
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