For 640 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 17.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Eric Kohn's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Short Term 12
Lowest review score: 25 Bel Ami
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 640
640 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Eric Kohn
    Stories We Tell marks the finest of Polley's filmmaking skills by blending intimacy and intrigue to remarkable effect.
    • 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.
    • 88 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    While not aspiring to the heights of the texts underscoring his work, PiƱero 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Upstream Color is routinely confusing but not oppressively so; its final exquisite moments explain little yet still manage to invite you in.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    American action movies are almost entirely defined by cutaways, blaring music cues and grunts. The Raid: Redemption, a hyper-energetic Indonesian martial arts movie, delivers an effective rebuke to that meek norm. Bones break, blood flows and swift, excessively complicated fight choreography puts virtually everything released in North America since "The Bourne Ultimatum" to instant shame.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Steve James's The Interrupters runs long, but earns its heft.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    With its bouncy soundtrack, deadpan humor and good-natured disposition, Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's Le Havre is an endearing affair.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Never indulging in outright scare tactics or loose improvisation, the movie primarily works like an awkward narrative that plays with perspective.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Jacobs, working from a script by Patrick de Witt, takes a conventional coming-of-age story and does it proud, enlivening the plot with an almost experimental portrait of alienation and despair.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Baker once again manages to match underrepresented faces in American cinema with material that lets their personalities shine.
    • 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.

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