For 766 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 77% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 21% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 16.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Eric Kohn's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Melancholia
Lowest review score: 25 The Sea of Trees
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 766
766 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Eric Kohn
    Carried by an appropriately low-key Adam Driver and Jarmusch's casual genius for capturing offhand remarks, Paterson is his most absorbing character study since "Broken Flowers" -- and far more grounded in real life. There's no context necessary to recognize it as his most personal work.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Eric Kohn
    This is a quiet little masterpiece of images, each one rich with meaning, that collectively speak to a universal process.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Eric Kohn
    As with "Shotgun Stories," Nichols assembles a tense portrait of blue-collar life, while deepening his thematic interests and working on a bigger scale. Burrowing into the subconscious of a damaged man, he delivers a modern American epic with extraordinary restraint.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Eric Kohn
    More than a powerful elegy, 12 Years a Slave is a mesmerizing triumph of art and polemics: McQueen turns a topic rendered distant by history into an experience that, short of living through the terrible era it depicts, makes you feel as if you've been there.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Eric Kohn
    The beautiful desolation of Bombay Beach makes it difficult to describe as a documentary. Alma Har'el's directorial debut takes a nonfiction setting and displays its haunting qualities in poetic terms.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Eric Kohn
    Before Midnight is the rare cinematic achievement that implicates alert viewers in its mission to understand the mysteries of intimate connections.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Eric Kohn
    At first galvanizing in its depiction of survival amid dire circumstances, "The Overnighters" transforms into a devastating portrait of communal unrest.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Eric Kohn
    While adhering to an internal logic that makes each punchline land with a satisfying burst of glee, the movie nevertheless stems from genuine fury aimed a broken world. It's the rare storytelling endeavor that manages to be laughably absurd and profoundly tragic at the same time.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Eric Kohn
    Bigelow delivers an acute realization of the mission's execution that's eerily in sync with the way it played in the popular imagination. Visually, the events unfold as a mashup of shadowy movements with flashes of green night vision. It's simultaneously predictable and tense.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Eric Kohn
    Lyrically involving and deeply sensual, Neon Bull showcases a full-bodied artist in command of his form.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Eric Kohn
    Stories We Tell marks the finest of Polley's filmmaking skills by blending intimacy and intrigue to remarkable effect.
    • 79 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    The Descendants constantly hovers on the brink of a dark comedy. But it never takes the big plug. By treading carefully, Payne has created his warmest, most earnest work, if not his best.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Showcases Jones' ability to provide ample entertainment value with sharply drawn characters in a minimalist setting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Omar maintains an unsettling rhythm of suspense and sociopolitical critique throughout.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Although Madsen's survey of warning strategies has an aimless structure prone to repetition, he creates an effective mood that transcends his time-travel gimmick and eventually becomes topical.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    It's an unflinching update to media scholar Neil Postman's prophetic claim about the deadly impact of television on cultural identity: Smartphones in hand, we face the danger of filming ourselves to death.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    I had to see the new version twice to realize that there's so much to appreciate about this multilayered production.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    It may go without saying that Poetry adopts a lyrical tone, but this forms the crux of its appeal. In this case, the title says it all.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Think "Death of a Salesman" with demons.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Sister may not arrive at a happy ending, but the lack of resolution -- capped off by the powerful last image --completes its journey to a place of rousing emotional clarity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Director Jeff Feuerzeig tracks Albert’s bizarre scheme in her own words, constructing a fascinating treatise on creative desire, internal grievances and fame as compelling as anything the writer herself dreamed up.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    By favoring mood over plot, "Myth" explores what it feels like to transition into youth adulthood and face harsher truths.
    • 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.

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