For 617 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 78% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 20% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 17.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Eric Kohn's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 The Duke of Burgundy
Lowest review score: 25 The Devil's Double
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 617
617 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Representing lower-class violence taken to an extreme, the cannibalism cannot be contained by police work. The movie's gradual build to a thrilling, appropriately bloody climax intensifies this disconnect.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    To Die Like a Man deserves your attention for showcasing a filmmaker with the capacity for bold narrative trickery that doesn't come at the expense of emotional investment.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Directors Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews' directorial debut (from Matthews' screenplay) centers on a highly unlikable character who has alienated himself from social responsibility -- and forces you to sympathize with him against all odds.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    At times, Frances Ha strains from emphasizing the characters' snarkiness and disregarding plot. By routinely going nowhere, however, the movie eventually finds a distinctive voice that carries it through.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Ignore the precise religious context and it stands perfectly well as a restrained look at personal convictions in the face of certain death.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Kazan has fun with a silly premise and smartly plays it straight when the occasion calls for it, while keeping the cutesy, fantastical extremes of the material at bay. It's less fairy tale than shrewd exaggeration on the pratfalls of desire.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Computer Chess excels at conveying the frustrations of feeling trapped by forces beyond one's control, the complexities of humanity irresolvable by any neat code.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Dickinson's hauntingly naturalistic look at disgruntled young adults trapped in the country following an urban disaster plays like "Martha Marcy May Marlene" transported to a post-apocalyptic survival narrative -- with lots of yoga and sex.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    In each tense moment, Miss Bala has a lot to say in a few words.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Poitras, an expert filmmaker as keyed into pace and mood as the topic they support, delivers a mesmerizing look at both how Snowden managed to release his information as well as why it all matters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Love Is Strange is a sophisticated take on contemporary urbanity infused with romantic ideals and the tragedy of their dissolution.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    While not designed to entertain on the level of style and spectacle that one expects from a Bond film, this tense period drama from the director of "Man on Wire" presents a far more credible take on the daring exploits of British agents.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Like "Afterschool," Durkin's first feature explores the dangerous extremes of youth vulnerability.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    The poetic rhythm with which Hartley brings three movies of events to an end is a tight, gripping expression of closure.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Playing make believe with murderers, Oppenheimer risks the possibility of empowering them. However, by humanizing psychopathic behavior, The Act of Killing is unparalleled in its unsettling perspective on the dementias associated with dictatorial extremes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Swanberg once again shows a capacity for capturing small moments that exist outside the direction of the plot. At the same time, the effective fragments of "Drinking Buddies" take his oeuvre in a new direction by accumulating into a reworking big picture.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    There's no doubting that Holy Motors is an ungodly mess of images and moments, some more alluring than others, but it sure leaves a mark.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Stillness dominates, from the first shots of cornfields at sunrise to the final one that finds Helmer lying among them. When "It's All So Quiet" comes full circle, the title is virtually an understatement.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    In the struggle to tell a story, Panahi reveals the redemptive power of art. No longer issuing desperate pleas, he has turned to cinema for the sake of survival.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    That the movie succeeds both as a high-stakes crime thriller as well as a far quieter and empathetic study of angry, solitary men proves that Cianfrance has a penchant for bold storytelling and an eye for performances to carry it through.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Exhibition infuses its cerebral exposition with a strong dose of humanity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    If you can groove with Jarmusch's patient, philosophical indulgences and the wooden exteriors of his characters' lives, the movie rewards with a savvy emotional payoff about moving forward even when the motivation to do so has gone.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Despite the cerebral formalism that pushes it forward, Mond has made a genuine tearjerker.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    A viscerally charged movie that foregrounds surface tensions and gripping performances, Ginger and Rosa is the filmmaker's most accessible and technically surefooted work to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    I Wish embraces blissful ignorance, even celebrating its child characters' naivete.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    For American audiences, each gag has added appeal because it contains an uneasy humor that's often explored but never fully exploited in these parts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    You couldn't ask for a more appropriate genre of music to carry a movie. As Didier explains the bluegrass appeal, "the banjo sort of snarls," bringing a primal form of energy that even he can't put into words. It's also the element that manages to rescue "Broken Circle" from the meandering nature of its structural looseness, which sometimes distracts from a thoroughly involving story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Unable to express the sorrow of Cory's passing or the larger sense of detachment from the world it represents, most of the people in Putty Hill try to remain disaffected. By pestering them with questions, Porterfield gets under their skin - and, in the process, ours as well.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Mr. Turner is a first-rate match of director and subject. Less an explication of the man's genius than an immersion into its essence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? bears the stamp of Gondry quirk but allows it to feel a lot more intimate than anything he's done since "Eternal Sunshine."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Farhadi's new movie confirms his unique ability to explore how constant chatter and anguished outbursts obscure the capacity for honest communication.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Simmien both mocks and provokes the nature of our seemingly progressive times by illuminating misguided assumptions and fears embedded in forward-thinking discourse. But Simien's relentless screenplay is never too self-serious or didactic, instead pairing culturally-savvy brains with a goofy grin.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    While Entertainment lacks the focused critique of "The Comedy," it nevertheless offers a fascinating look at the tension between personal aspirations and the harsh realities holding them back.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Duplass' feisty energy is matched by DeWitt's constant smarminess, while Blunt's shy, fragile behavior balances off the forceful personalities surrounding her.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    With the shift from conventional rock doc into something more sophisticated, As the Palaces Burn remains enthralling all the way through.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    The contrast between the movie’s traditional execution and Stritch’s domineering powers create the lingering sense that she may be the project’s true auteur.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Gravity lets you visit space without sugarcoating its dangers. It's a brilliant portrait of technology gone wrong that uses it just right.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Whereas "45365" took the form of a scattered collage, with disconnected events and a vast ensemble of characters stitched together to represent a year of activity, Tchoupitalas brings greater clarity to a similarly diffuse canvas by situating it around a trio of innocent observers.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    It portrays the struggle from the inside, from about as far from the filter of mainstream media as one can get, capturing tense shootouts and the extremes of revolutionary spirit in unnerving detail.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    The story arrives at a satisfying emotional conclusion with wonderfully thoughtful ramifications.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Kechiche excels at capturing his protagonist's emergence in the world.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    With an editing approach that seamlessly blends past and present, Central Park Five contains a fluid, engaging storytelling that does away with the dry voiceover commentary and theatrical music choices that typically account for the narrative flow of most Burns films.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    From one mesmerizing scene to the next, The Tribe never loses its flow. Even its harshest moments are defined by vibrant motion.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    This could be a recipe for excessive self-indulgence, but the meta quality of Red Flag is entirely irrelevant to its low key charm and persistent irreverence -- anchored, as always, by Karpovsky's loopy screen presence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Possibly the best war movie of the year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Cheatin' is gleefully enjoyable and loaded with unexpected twists at every turn.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    With a dense, often impermeable style and a mentally unstable protagonist, Simon Killer is like watching the disturbed anti-hero of "Afterschool" all grown up.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Much of the movie relies on Cotillard's jittery expressions as she veers from tentatively hopeful to despondent and back again, sometimes within a matter of minutes, reflecting the ever-changing stability of job security among the lower class.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Frammartino keeps the material engaging simply by aiming the camera at his subjects and letting the material organically emerge-rather than enforcing the supernatural element with overstatement.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Aferim! amounts to a serious endeavor designed to explore many facets of its era through the lens of people trapped in it. Their crude dialogue, real as it may be, hints at comedic possibilities while offering a shrewd look at people defined by their circumstances.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    What Now? Remind Me sketches out the tragedy of living a full life and being aware of it slipping away.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Rampart is co-written by crime writer James Ellroy as a messy, disorienting noir, and shot by cinematographer Bobby Bukowski with an unsettling degree of realism.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    In a incredibly contained performance that ranks among the best of her career, Juliette Binoche portrays a woman trapped by mental and physical constraints alike.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Hoss' portrayal of a woman at odds with her surroundings is in a class by itself.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    The measured vérité style of Frederick Wiseman meets the visual polish of Terrence Malick in Dragonslayer, a fascinating slice of crude Americana from first-time director Tristan Patterson. However, it stands alone with an infectious hard rock attitude.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    In the movie's final shot, Jung's confidence crumbles and he looks supremely troubled, still uncertain of a world he once believed could be explained with textual prowess. Better than any analysis, his expression sums up the dangerous method at the heart of every Cronenberg movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Suspense is rarely delivered with such distinctive patience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    The visual collage retains a consistent melancholy, resulting in an experience that's both deeply affecting and-since José never actually appears on-camera-utterly detached.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Extraterrestrial can be forgiven the tangents into melodrama due to Vigalondo's seamless ability to navigate those soapy waters.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    The typically great Binoche conveys a tantalizing mixture of confidence and unease as she considers her glamorous past and undetermined future.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Potiche successfully satirizes the gender politics at its core. At the same time, it knowingly mocks the obsession over debates about the suppression of women that pervaded the culture during the movie's setting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Though anchored by a affecting and sullen turn by Channing Tatum, the movie derives its primary discomfiting power from Steve Carell in a revelatory performance as a monster of American wealth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Kim's movies are generally grim, disturbing affairs, but "Pieta" leaves much to the imagination in favor of its unsettling implications.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    The Safdies have stood out over the last few years for continually challenging audience expectations even while seeming to adhere to conventional storytelling traditions, and that's certainly true here: You've never seen a sports movie like this before.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Nuri Bilge Ceylan's mesmerizing Once Upon a Time in Anatolia plays like "Zodiac" meets "Police, Adjective."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    There and gone with the fleeting nature of its youngest character's attention span, Little Feet ultimately feels more like an insightful sketch than a full-fledged movie, but it nonetheless leaves a major impression.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Atmospherically, Spring Breakers is an elegant evocation of noir storytelling, littered with misdeeds with girls and guns at every turn.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    White Reindeer eagerly pokes the mythology surrounding the holiday season narrative to find something hauntingly beautiful lurking beneath it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Xavier Dolan's I Killed My Mother marks the emergence of an exciting new filmmaking talent. The Montreal actor, a mere 20 years old, displays a startlingly mature perspective on human behavior in his triple threat position as writer-director-star.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Sleepwalk With Me calls to mind Judd Apatow's "Funny People" for its focus on the eccentric, obsessive nature of the wannabe comic's mind.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Teller's rough, uncomplicated filmmaking style does little to elaborate on Jenison's story, as the subject's unending curiosity singlehandedly carries each scene.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    By making the inanimate animate, they make nature come to life, and so does Convento.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Serra's typically cerebral direction has a more vibrant quality due to the clarity of his images, though certain drawn-out sequences have an alienating effect on the drama. Still, Story of My Death manages to connect its profound aims with a devious atmosphere to match the turn of the century backdrop.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    A gigantic physique hides the fragile man beneath and Matthiesen ably follows the journey of that persona as it tunnels through mounds of muscle to reach the surface. In essence, the lion finds his courage.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    A stitched-together combo of outlaw energy and bittersweet romance that gives the impression of Little Rascals in the big city. Like the graffiti art it documents, it's a lovingly handmade affair.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    The movie isn't political so much as philosophical, trashing the notion of the American dream as anything more than fodder for an endless rat race.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    There are moments when Tragos and Palermo run the risk of transforming their subjects into tools exploited for the sake of the movie's artistic vision, but the best part of Rich Hill is that its participants rise above the limitations of the material.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Artistically, however, the movie delivers on a surprisingly effective scale, no matter how Lonergan sees it. Alternately perceptive, subversive, tragic and profound.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Story comes second to Russell over the rhythms of well-timed bickering, which is a blessing and a curse in American Hustle.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    A personal work not because the director chooses to make himself a part of the story, but rather because he implicates all of us in it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    The resulting adrenaline-packed vehicle delivers a multi-directional sugar rush. It moves so quickly that the bells and whistles blur together.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Helms plays angelic insurance agent Tim Lippe with gentle nobility and hilarious naivete.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    The Forgiveness of Blood examines the barriers of ritual and the passage from youth to adulthood in Albanian society with the perceptive detail of a grand literary feat. At the same time, it retains the simplicity of a parable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    He's still cultivating his storytelling abilities, but Wheatley has clearly found his sweet spot: a darkly funny place with serious potential.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Brainy and exciting at the same time, Interstellar invalidates the need for mindless Hollywood product. No matter its shortcomings, the movie achieves an impressive balancing act. It turns the mysteries of the universe into a cinematic playground, but for every profound or visually arresting moment, it also encourages you to to think.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    The suspense comes and goes, but A Single Shot always maintains a firm grip on its sad, deteriorating environment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Savagely assaulting the desperate state of a blue collar family man, the comedic thriller Cheap Thrills establishes a ridiculous premise early on and takes it to various extremes, again and again, until you just have to accept the crazy venture on its own terms or simply give up.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Joe
    If Joe marks a new beginning for some of its characters, the same description applies to its director and star.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    More blatantly an exercise in style than anything on par with the director's crowning achievements, and suffers to some degree from the predictability of its premise.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    As the portrait of a relationship meltdown involving two eccentric creative types prone to self-doubt, July's sophomore feature bears a strong resemblance to husband Mike Mills's upcoming "Beginners," although July's version of the story has a more experimental edge.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Rock's savage wit comes through in the wry screenplay, which is loaded with topicality as it pokes fun at subjects ranging from Tyler Perry movies to Angry Birds.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    This admittedly uneven first feature stands out for the way it sneaks up on you.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Loaded to the gills with thrill-inducing mayhem, Hobo with a Shotgun feels almost tribal in its commitment to violence.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    While the contradiction of punk rock parenthood may not have a solution, The Other F Word successfully has fun with the mystery.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Going Clear delivers an efficient overview of Scientology's dark history with a cohesive focus on the precision of its corrupt motives.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Slickly paced and carried by mature performances, Flight embodies one of the finer strains of Hollywood filmmaking in recent years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    While We're Young is a clear-eyed satire of intergenerational tension that derives much of its comedy from a series of moments in which its mid-forties couple attempt to mesh with a younger crowder.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Equally a slick political thriller, intelligent period piece and sly Hollywood satire, Ben Affleck's Argo maintains a careful balance between commentary and entertainment value.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    A Band Called Death lacks the thrill of mystery but makes up for it with pathos.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Fruitvale is largely sustained by Jordan's career-making performance and the way Coogler uses it to analyze his subject...It's a fascinating investigation into the contrast between media perception and intimate truths.

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