Koch Synopsis
The life of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Koch ends with the former mayor showing off a typically flamboyant gesture that embodies his contradictions - choosing to be buried in a...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As a politico, Ed Koch loved power a little too much. But as a leader, he was a storybook embodiment of New York's contradictions, which is...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Koch the film makes the point without belaboring it — a mayor and a metropolis linked by tumultuous events in the worst and best of times.
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
The film reminds us that as amusing as he could be, he wasn’t the dazzling wit history packaged him as. “Relevant” is how he wanted to be...
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Neil Barsky's documentary Koch captures the essence of this very big personality - though if the film were even two minutes longer, it...
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Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
The documentary nicely mixes vintage news footage and photographs, talking-head interviews with journalists and Koch associates, and lots...
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Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
Barsky’s film is light on biographical detail before Koch’s first term began, in 1978. That’s probably fitting. Koch obviously lived for...
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Slant Magazine

Neil Barsky is aware of how a great and terribly troubling person can reside in the same body, but his occasional eagerness to appoint...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The politician who almost pathologically asked the question "How'm I doin'?" clearly never needed a view outside his own. Which is as New...
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Time Out New York

By David Fear
The result is neither blind idolatry nor a definitive portrait; just a major missed opportunity content to loiter in the middle of the road.
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Mister Mayor, You did just fine!

By zoejenkins
Beautifully executed documentary! As a consumate New Yorker for over 30 years, I was so touch by the content and information in the film that important for the history books. Ed Koch was truly a one...

A must go if you are into NYC history

By sueono
The seminal events of the 1970's and early '80s are told from one man's perspective, but what a perspective it is. He was perhaps one of NYC's greatest mayors....


By michaelmllaw
He died on the same day his movie came out. WOW!!!...

Entertaining and poignant

By Sterling2
You don't have to have been in the Koch Admoinistration or a nerdy student of politics to enjoy this movie, it's definitely entertaining and provdes a broad "slice of life" glimpse of New York City...


By kbmd99
Great movie. Everyone who lives in NY should definitely see, and even those who don't. There is a lot to learn from this NYC icon about politics and life....

There was only one Edward I. Koch!

By Robin movietix
We will likely never see the likes of him in another politician, NY politician in our lifetime. He was a real character, and certainly for the people. I was concerned since his passing, that I had...

For real New Yorkers

By gahack
Anyone who lived through the 70s in NY will be in the groove at this movie. Nicely filmed, shows Ed Koch's irrepressible character, and the world around him....


very good movie.worth to see.peace out license to kill....

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