Eric Kohn

Eric Kohn
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
New York Press film critic.
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 60% Bombshell (2019) "Bombshell" is a lurid, cartoonish romp, marred by rough and sometimes overbearing flourishes, but not without a tragicomic soul. That alone makes it a genuine movie of the moment. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
B 82% Queen & Slim (2019) "Queen & Slim" embodies a troubling historical moment not in spite of its puzzling twists and messy circumstances, but because of them. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
B- 92% Dark Waters (2019) While "Dark Waters" chronicles the evolution of an activist, its most effective moment comes with a closing implication that its story has just begun. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
B 60% He Dreams of Giants (2019) While not exactly worth the wait compared to Gilliam's finest work, the movie did embody his beguiling aesthetic with a blend of comical high fantasy and soulful yearning. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
C+ 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) "Doctor Sleep" never manages to find the balance its cinematic high-wire act demands. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
C+ 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Embrace the imagery and "Mistress of Evil" almost works on its own terms, but anyone grasping for the bigger picture will find that it often evaporates under scrutiny. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
A 96% The Irishman (2019) With "The Irishman," Scorsese proves he's more alive than ever. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
D+ 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) In 2019's hypersensitive cultural environment, the depiction of murderous Mexican crime bosses and their cowering sex slaves encountering a literal white savior doesn't go down so easy. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
B 75% The Vigil (2019) Even as The Vigil settles into a familiar routine, it tackles that task with a polished, at times even elegant approach to a haunted house formula. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B- 73% Harriet (2019) Lemmons' straightforward narrative style foregrounds its purpose - to translate Tubman's heroism into cinematic terms - and the emotional coda pulls it off. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
B 95% Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) Bikram is fairly tame; as a mass-media call to action, it's an essential movie of the moment. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
B 84% True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) An immersive inquiry into how much truth even matters when parsing the lasting impact of a legend. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
B 81% Just Mercy (2019) As a celebration of what it takes to eke out justice in a broken system, it's a welcome return to formula. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
A- 91% Sound of Metal (2019) Sound of Metal injects visceral, edgy circumstances with remarkable sensitivity. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
C 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Yes, Waititi has made a sugary fantasy in the most unlikely places...But in the process, it buries the awful truth. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
B+ 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) This sweet, unassuming movie has deeper sensibilities lurking beneath its surface, just like Rogers himself. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
B- 73% Radioactive (2019) It doesn't always work, but at least Satrapi's willingness to experiment captures the radiant spirit of the daring subject at its center. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
B+ 98% The Cave (2019) There have been many recent documentaries capturing the harrowing destruction of the Syrian civil war, but none that descend to the literal depths of The Cave. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
B- 96% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) As much as the movie maintains its upbeat and whimsical tone, it falls short of directing that approach to some constructive end. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
B 96% The Kingmaker (2019) A fascinating documentary about the Marcos family's troubled history - and the disturbing ways that it's making a comeback today. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
B 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Excels at evoking the sheer thrill of the race...and it's compelling enough in those moments to make the case that nothing beats the thrill of competition. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
A- 90% First Cow (2020) King-Lu and Cookie need each other...and First Cow commiserates with their journey in a kind-hearted fashion that allows the movie to resonate with more warmth than it initially lets on. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
B+ 85% Waves (2019) Waves asks a lot of its audience as it refashions the material for a tearjerker into a vibrant work deep with feeling. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
C 83% Judy (2019) Garland's legacy may be tricky to recreate, her legacy perhaps too large for any biopic to contain, but the music speaks for itself. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
B- 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) For New York City, a jagged enigma in constant motion, it's a fitting salute. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
B 41% The Laundromat (2019) The Laundromat may be blunt, and the humor hit-or-miss - but it swings wildly at a worthy target, and eventually hits its mark. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
B- 88% The Two Popes (2019) There's an unquestionable appeal to the way the movie transforms a weighty and divisive topic into more approachable terms. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
B- 72% The Aeronauts (2019) When so many supersized blockbusters take the potential of CGI action for granted, "The Aeronauts" finds a fresh use for it by turning the exhilaration of discovery into a real visual treat. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
B+ 71% The Assistant (2020) It's a fascinating illustration of how the worst abuses can remain hidden even from those closest to the lion's den. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
A 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Suggests "Mean Streets" by way of Preston Sturges, with a touch of "Death of a Salesman" to boot - a mesmerizing chronicle of desperate schemes, and it's hard to imagine anyone but Sandler at the center of it. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
A- 96% Marriage Story (2019) A powerful reminder that every breakup story looks familiar until it happens to you, and then the truth hurts. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
A- 100% Vitalina Varela (2019) Another lyrical vision of somber people confronting their past. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
B- 74% Adam (2019) Adam may not be above reproach, but its good intentions are infectious. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
B- 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The Samoan climax smuggles a progressive representational agenda into slick blockbuster clothing, and at some level it feels like a call to arms. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
C+ 83% Crawl (2019) "Crawl" doesn't exactly deliver the most elegant metaphor for the rising crisis of the environment, but the simplicity of that message is exactly the point. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
72% Forrest Gump (1994) It remains a bad movie that gets worse with age. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
B- 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Annabelle Comes Home delivers on its title with the best "Conjuring" spin-off so far, in large part because it has such modest aims. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
C+ 63% Child's Play (2019) This oddball blend of '80s nostalgia and contemporary humor never quite lands the smart-scary balance in its sights. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
B 83% Midsommar (2019) What a blast to watch this emerging auteur mess around. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
D+ 23% Men in Black International (2019) Of course, Thompson should star in as many big Hollywood movies as it takes to rejuvenate Hollywood's star system and ensure more women anchor the biggest franchises in play, but "Men in Black" hasn't been in play for years. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
B- 52% Sibyl (2019) There's much to appreciate about the meta-commentary at the center of this lively work, but "Sibyl" ultimately becomes a victim of the same pressure to deliver a big, showy narrative that its troubled protagonist so desperately wishes she could tell. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
B+ 91% It Must Be Heaven (2019) While "It Must Be Heaven" doesn't exactly find a solution to the crisis of Palestinian identity, it does stand out as a somewhat more hopeful work than the director's previous outings. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B- 78% Family Romance, LLC (2019) "Family Romance, LLC" has the bittersweet quality of a Disney story but the production qualities of a Lifetime movie, resulting in an experimental tone that never quite settles in one place. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
B 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) "Once Upon a Time" is an unapologetic fantasy of the kind Tarantino has relished in his recent spate of projects, and this one seems to exist in dialogue with its forebears. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
B 83% Tommaso (2019) A gripping look at the process of escaping to a better life, only to find that the old one follows along at every turn. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
A- 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory, the filmmaker's best and most personal movie in years, brings him back to mortal terrain. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
B+ 83% Port Authority (2019) Port Authority marks a strong debut for Lessovitz... - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
C+ 75% The Best Years of a Life (Les plus belles années d'une vie) (2019) "The Best Years of a Life" delivers a melancholic salute to the original movie. However, Lelouch's obsession with his story's legacy means that the movie often defaults to a saccharine nostalgia trip. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
B 60% Lux Æterna (2019) The closing moments of "Lux Æterna" are such a disturbing outburst of light, color, and 3-D illusions they might make even stereoscopic auteur Ken Jacobs avert his eyes. Ironically, however, this very act of destabilization gives Noé an ideal vessel... - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
A- 88% Diego Maradona (2019) The archival material retains a hypnotic quality, particularly when it comes down to the nuances of Maradona himself. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019