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Based on 17 Reviews
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  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The politician who almost pathologically asked the question "How'm I doin'?" clearly never needed a view outside his own. Which is as New York as it gets. show more

  • 75

    Neil Barsky's documentary Koch captures the essence of this very big personality - though 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. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Koch ends with the former mayor showing off a typically flamboyant gesture that embodies his contradictions - choosing to be buried in a Christian cemetery in his beloved Manhattan, complete with an already erected tombstone proclaiming his Jewish identity. show more

  • 75
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    The documentary nicely mixes vintage news footage and photographs, talking-head interviews with journalists and Koch associates, and lots (and lots) of Koch. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    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 remembered. And before he died, he got a filmmaker to remind us of exactly that. show more

  • 63
    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 himself as his subject's latest press agent is dubious. show more

  • 70
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    Barsky’s film is light on biographical detail before Koch’s first term began, in 1978. That’s probably fitting. Koch obviously lived for the job. show more

  • 60
    David Fear Time Out New York

    The result is neither blind idolatry nor a definitive portrait; just a major missed opportunity content to loiter in the middle of the road. show more

  • 67
    Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle

    The former mayor is an alert onscreen presence, but the film surrounding him is not always so lively. show more

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