For 590 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 17.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Eric Kohn's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 12 Years a Slave
Lowest review score: 25 Lovelace
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 590
590 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Inherent Vice constantly teases at a complex meta commentary on the other movies it brings to mind, but never totally gets there.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    The filmmaker is ultimately better at constructing nuanced environments and troubled figures than making every piece of the equation gel as a whole. But that's a minor issue in the overall tapestry of Chandor's carefully designed world.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Possibly the best war movie of the year.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    No matter its conceptual intentions, It Follows never ventures too far from visceral horror. Mitchell populates a number of scenes with well-timed jump scares as the being frequently bursts out of the shadows or appears in unexpected forms, while the score provides a screaming punctuation mark.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Recently released from jail, Ai's full story remains to be told, but Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry competently summarizes his lasting relevance, regardless of what may happen next.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    Incredibly heartfelt to a large degree because of its cast.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Eric Kohn
    Melancholia hovers in ambiguity with riveting aesthetic prowess.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Slickly made if not particularly stylish, the movie maintains its entertainment value for picking ideal models of American excess.
    • 80 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Eric Kohn
    Shot in gorgeously expressionistic black-and-white and fusing multiple genres into a thoroughly original whole, Amirpour has crafted a beguiling, cryptic and often surprisingly funny look at personal desire that creeps up on you with the nimble powers of its supernatural focus.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    I Wish embraces blissful ignorance, even celebrating its child characters' naivete.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Eric Kohn
    In each tense moment, Miss Bala has a lot to say in a few words.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Berberian Sound Studio constructs a perpetually strange, unseemly series of events overshadowed (and sometimes consumed by) the spooky movie-within-a-movie that hangs over every scene.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    The Last of the Unjust rewards those willing to invest in Lanzmann's pensive technique with a complex tale that's alternately sad, enlightening, unexpectedly witty and ultimately exhausting, but carried along throughout by Lanzmann's commitment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    Baring all and radiating an affability that defines the movie's tone, Hunt delivers her finest performance since "As Good As It Gets."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Eric Kohn
    It speaks to the masses with some treats for the discerning types in the back.
    • 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.

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