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Koch Reviews

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 1, 2013
I wish other questions had been asked, and pushed, and a lot more context provided.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 14, 2013
An emphasis on Koch the character obscures his administration.
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David Fear
Time Out
January 29, 2013
Neither blind idolatry nor a definitive portrait; just a major missed opportunity content to loiter in the middle of the road.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
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
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
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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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.
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-
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
February 1, 2013
An enjoyable but not very revelatory tribute that has also become a visual obituary.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jordan Hoffman
Birth.Movies.Death.
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
Robert Levin
amNewYork
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
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
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
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
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
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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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Nick Schager
Village Voice
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.
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
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
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
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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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
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
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