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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
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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
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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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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.
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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
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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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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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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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
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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.
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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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
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-
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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.
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.