Read what critics have been saying about POV’s documentary Koch, then watch it free right now on the POV website or mobile apps! (U.S. Only)

Read what critics and journalists have to say about POV’s Koch.

“Thrilling… A mayor and a metropolis linked by tumultuous events in the worst and best of times.”
— Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

“As much a history of New York… as it is a portrait of the man. The movie will appeal to anyone who lived in—or followed—New York through the ’80s, but not exclusively to them. It’s ultimately a tale of humanity, not power.”
— Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post

“Ed Koch appears as contentious, as mischievous and at times as inflammatory as ever… A portrait of a complicated man in an era that is quickly fading in memory… Like Walt Whitman… [Koch] is contradictory and multitudinous… He is charming, infuriating and sometimes coy… He can be exhausting… but he has never been boring.”
— A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Excellent… Neither fawning nor eviscerating but always compelling… Both liberal and judicious in [its] use of the rich trove of news footage. It pays off in creating a fascinating snapshot of the past.”
— Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

“Koch is a New York story for the whole world to appreciate.”
— Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

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