• Released
  • February 1, 2013
  • (Limited LA)
  • NR , 1 hr 38 min
  • Documentary
  • 28 Fan Ratings
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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83

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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80

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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75

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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75

NPR

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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75

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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70

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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63

Slant Magazine

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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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60

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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60

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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Rated NR