For 698 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Eric Kohn's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Stories We Tell
Lowest review score: 25 The Sea of Trees
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 698
698 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    The reality-show aesthetic pervades the movie as well. Garrone's roaming camera style draws you into each moment with extreme close-ups and long takes that wander through each scene and get lost in it. Luciano's plight is crushing because Garrone renders it with such detail.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    An ode to art for art's sake, Inside Llewyn Davis is the most innocent movie of the Coens' career, which in their case is a downright radical achievement.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    The movie is an impressively realized work of minimalist storytelling that foregrounds Redford's physicality more than any other role in his celebrated career. His performance defines the movie to an almost shockingly experimental degree.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Kechiche excels at capturing his protagonist's emergence in the world.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    The movie makes a strong case against the captivity of killer whales under sub-circus conditions, but the stance is made even more horrifying because so little has changed in the history of the organization. Blackfish is less balanced investigation than full-on takedown of a broken system.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Smart in spite of its irreverence, "Future Folk" is the weirdest, most enjoyable fusion of genres you'll see this year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    The conflict in The Attack is less about the reasoning behind immoral behavior than the problems involved in any cursory understanding of it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    With a keen eye for the capacity of fine art to address a complex range of attitudes and experiences, Museum Hours effectively applies Cohen's existing strengths to a familiar scenario and rejuvenates it by delivering a powerfully contemplative look at the transformative ability of all art.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    More traditional in terms of atmosphere and plot, Drug War nevertheless features a tense, unstoppable momentum, a morally ambiguous protagonist and hugely involving action scenes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    In constructing its gripping overview, After Tiller maintains a generally straightforward roundup of talking heads, but its unassuming construction gradually generates an authoritative voice. Only once the arguments have been plainly established does the emotion truly take hold.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    In "Adventureland" and this summer's "The Way Way Back," disillusioned teens have worked through their issues in the weeks leading up to college by taking on quirky summer jobs. However, Carey's wacky sensibilities retain a notably fresh quality by using the same framing device as an excuse to bat around one funny idea after another. The story transcends the derivative scenario through a noticeable lack of verbal censorship.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    A labyrinthine descent into the grotesque extremes of a Disneyfied society, Escape From Tomorrow is surreal for many reasons and wholly original because of them. It's also a daring attempt to literally assail Disney World from the inside out.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    The story arrives at a satisfying emotional conclusion with wonderfully thoughtful ramifications.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Gandolfini deserves an Oscar for Enough Said not because it's the culmination of everything that came before it but rather because it goes in a completely different direction. And his least characteristic achievement is also one of his best.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    The story transitions from a believable portrait of young culture junkies into a showcase of Matt's burgeoning rage so well that it practically implicates viewers in the process.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Her
    Certainly his most deeply felt achievement, Her is both distinctly Jonze-like and something altogether different, as if the filmmaker has gone through a software update not unlike his artificial character.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    White Reindeer eagerly pokes the mythology surrounding the holiday season narrative to find something hauntingly beautiful lurking beneath it.
    • 85 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
    Nathan never condescends to Pug or his cohorts, instead smartly allowing their brazen maneuvers to run the show.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Striking a complex tone of tragedy and uplift at the same time, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter both celebrates the escapist power of personal fantasies and bears witness to their dangerous extremes. It's the rare case of a story that's inspirational and devastating at once.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    While it has many familiar ingredients — from the atmosphere to the ensemble of Anderson regulars in nearly every role — in its allegiance to Anderson's vision, everything about The Grand Budapest Hotel is a welcome dose of originality.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    '71
    '71 constantly thrills without sensationalizing its surprises. The war-is-hell ethos drives it forward, so that the movie retains its suspense in conjunction with its dour outlook.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Omar maintains an unsettling rhythm of suspense and sociopolitical critique throughout.
    • 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
    Mackenzie (whose previous credits include "Perfect Sense" and "Young Adam") applies a sharp kitchen sink realism to this haunting setting and directs it toward an ultimately moving family drama that just happens to involve vicious convicts.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    In Oculus, the horror is at once deceptively simple and rooted in a deep, primal uneasiness. Its scariest aspects are universally familiar.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    While it doesn't always earn its heft, Winter Sleep is both subdued and rich in details, its plot growing slowly over a series of extensive conversations. It's a robust, challenging experience he's been building toward with his previous features, as well as an adventurous step above them.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    The tense, involving result confirms Sciamma's mastery over the coming-of-age drama, a genre too often reduced to its simplest ingredients.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Despite the unruly music at its center, the filmmaker has crafted a uniformly gentle ode to growing up.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    While blatantly topical, this is not a political film of the moment, but rather a calculated meditation on self-defined purpose in the midst of societal confusion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Exhibition infuses its cerebral exposition with a strong dose of humanity.
    • 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.
    • 78 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Moment to moment, Birdman manages to shift gears, its roaming camera revealing new surprises as it glides along. That degree of unpredictability provides it with the ultimate response to the sea of formulaic mediocrities at the center of its critique.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Portraying a generation so energized by possibilities that it was bound to be let down, Eden offers a wise assessment of the interplay between fantasy and reality on the path to adulthood. The seductive rhythms are a perfect match for a movie that analyzes the unstoppable flow of life.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Even as The Keeping Room plays with formulaic ingredients, it manages to combine them into an eloquent portrait of gender, race and the constant march of time without overstating any of its potent themes.
    • 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
    Hoss' portrayal of a woman at odds with her surroundings is in a class by itself.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Ever as it casts their future prospects in doubt, Virunga concludes by envying the apes’ perspective most of all.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    A rich, almost impermeably strange example of Costa's slow-burn approach to abstract storytelling, Horse Money is more subdued and cryptic than its predecessors, to the point where it might be more appropriately described as a cinematic tone poem.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Tales from the Grim Sleeper concludes by offering up the haunting possibility that even if the killer has been caught, the systemic failures that let him get away with it for so long remain firmly in place.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    The Witch becomes a focused portrait of fixed rituals crumbling in the face of inexplicable forces, evoking the fear of change lurking in the shadows at every moment. Despite the setting, its scares are uniquely contemporary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Despite the cerebral formalism that pushes it forward, Mond has made a genuine tearjerker.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Baker once again manages to match underrepresented faces in American cinema with material that lets their personalities shine.
    • 65 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    On the whole, by ceding control to his subject, Hawke makes a persuasive case for Bernstein's guru-like outlook on the value of finding personal gratification in art above all else.
    • 86 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Cheatin' is gleefully enjoyable and loaded with unexpected twists at every turn.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Cutting between various chilling anecdotes of sinister late night visions and horrifying reenactments, The Nightmare manages a tricky balance of visceral fright and sincere investigation. It's a rare non-fiction achievement that earns the ability to freak you out.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Anchored by a sensational Charlotte Rampling as its lead, the movie combines Haigh's perceptive style with shades of Mike Leigh's "Another Year" to create a quietly moving and deceptively tragic look at aging romance haunted by past mysteries.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Though at times almost too peculiar for its own good, The Lobster brings Lanthimos' distinct blend of morbid, deadpan humor and surrealism to a broader canvas without compromising his ability to deliver another thematically rich provocation.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    A remarkable refashioning of the Holocaust drama that reignites the setting with extraordinary immediacy, Son of Saul is both terrifying to watch and too gripping in its moment-to-moment to look away.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Pull back from the moment-to-moment thrill of Inside Out and it gets very deep: The scenario implicitly questions standard definitions of free will by suggesting that we're all slaves to ghosts in the machine.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    While not aspiring to the heights of the texts underscoring his work, Piñero displays a daring formalism that transcends its many inspirations to find its own unique rhythms.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    This is an idea familiar to anyone who has waded through Bigelow's universe of conspiratorial agendas in which no good deed goes unpunished, and might not be a good deed at all. Cartel Land plants that dilemma in our backyard, and ends with the tangible perception that it won't go away anytime soon.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    With time, the filmmaker achieves a small miracle by stringing together the movie's concise segments into an emotional whole.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    As a sociological experiment, Five Star offers plenty of talking points, but its real triumph is that the cast delivers, yielding a story in which the heightened suspense emerges organically from a gritty foundation of realism.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Director Lenny Abrahamson seamlessly translates Donoghue's work into cinematic terms with his relentlessly compelling adaptation. However, the drama owes just as much to its two stars, Brie Larson and newcomer Jacob Tremblay, whose textured performances turn outrageous circumstances into a tense and surprisingly credible survival tale.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    A disorienting puzzle of a movie with many exhilarating pieces, Anomalisa nevertheless maintains a straightforward trajectory involving Michael's internal strife.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    With Smith's memories as the subject, Fetzer constructs a compelling cinematic experiment that turns the actor's monologue into a feature-length movie, and the result holds as much appeal as the solitary member of the cast.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    With up-close footage of police beatings and hordes of angry protestors calling for the country's president to resign, Winter on Fire features the intensity of an action movie and the fury of a clear-eyed polemic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Creed does justice to its roots while trying something new.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    TransFatty Lives stands out less for its inherently emotional topic than the appealing personality at its center.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    At every turn, the movie casts a haunting spell.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Sheil is an ideal vessel for the film's inquisitive style.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Under the Shadow" smartly observes the emotions stirred up by a world defined by restrictions, and the terrifying possibility that they might be inescapable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Bizarre and challenging when it's not outright goofy, Wiener-Dog never feels remotely compromised. Somehow hilarious and gloomy at the same time, it represents a big middle finger to anyone who wishes Solondz would lighten up.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Cold-blooded killers rarely look this pathetic, which testifies to the impressive balance of Skarsgård's amusingly low-key performance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Helms plays angelic insurance agent Tim Lippe with gentle nobility and hilarious naivete.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Political only by implication, Zero Bridge works in a larger sense as a story of universal longing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Eventually, Soo-hyun's relentless pursuit-and-release approach outlives the director's skill and the premise starts to feel redundant.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Black Death embraces its horror roots with ample bloodshed, at which point the silly costumes and anachronistic dialogue no longer seem so absurd.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Dupieux's utterly zany slice of narrative subversion transcends that singularly goofy premise to create one of the more bizarre experiments with genre in quite some time.
    • 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.

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