Where's My Roy Cohn?

Where's My Roy Cohn?

Where's My Roy Cohn?

Documentary on Roy Cohn, the corrupt lawyer and political dirty trickster, whose colourful career included working for Joseph McCarthy, mobsters, and one Donald J. Trump. The latter has taken many cues from the master of manipulation, threats and bullying—and reportedly uttered the titular question when trying and failing to make the damning Russia investigation disappear.

2019Rating: PG, Mild themes, sexual references and coarse language97 minsUSA
Documentary
Director:
Matt Tyrnauer ('Citizen Jane: Battle for the City', 'Studio 54')
Cast:
Roy M. CohnRoger StoneBarbara Walters
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FilmInk

FilmInk

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The film suffers to some extent from having such an unsympathetic subject – and the attempts to humanise him only serve to make his actual behaviour seem venaler. It is, however, timely enough, and fascinating in a reptilian kind of way.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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We gloss and glide, forming an overall impression of Cohn's dark soul along many fronts. I'm not saying that any of it is untrue; I am saying a character assassination of a dead man ought to have higher standards.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A diabolical public figure mesmerises from the grave.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Where's My Roy Cohn? concludes as a deservedly harsh examination of an infamous figure but its existence is nothing more than a checklist of Cohn's greatest hits.

Variety

Variety

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A biographical portrait that doubles as an origin story for today's amoral political landscape, its marriage of incisiveness and timeliness should make it an indie hit this fall.

The New York Times

The New York Times

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There is no doubt that he was a fascinating and important character, but "Where's My Roy Cohn?" is most interesting for the questions it doesn't explicitly ask.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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It offers a blunt, ruthless evisceration - which is to say, a clear-eyed assessment - of the brilliant legal mind who helped send the Rosenbergs to the electric chair and made his reputation as Joseph McCarthy's attack dog.

FilmInk

FilmInk

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When you consider the sheer improbable scale of Roy Cohn’s nefarious activities – and his connections and ongoing legacy – the phrase “You couldn’t make it up” springs to mind. That’s rather ironic, admittedly, when we’re talking about a professional liar, but this excellent doco will leave you feeling that way just the same.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

The film suffers to some extent from having such an unsympathetic subject – and the attempts to humanise him only serve to make his actual behaviour seem venaler. It is, however, timely enough, and fascinating in a reptilian kind of way.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

We gloss and glide, forming an overall impression of Cohn's dark soul along many fronts. I'm not saying that any of it is untrue; I am saying a character assassination of a dead man ought to have higher standards.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A diabolical public figure mesmerises from the grave.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Where's My Roy Cohn? concludes as a deservedly harsh examination of an infamous figure but its existence is nothing more than a checklist of Cohn's greatest hits.

Variety

Variety

press

A biographical portrait that doubles as an origin story for today's amoral political landscape, its marriage of incisiveness and timeliness should make it an indie hit this fall.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There is no doubt that he was a fascinating and important character, but "Where's My Roy Cohn?" is most interesting for the questions it doesn't explicitly ask.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It offers a blunt, ruthless evisceration - which is to say, a clear-eyed assessment - of the brilliant legal mind who helped send the Rosenbergs to the electric chair and made his reputation as Joseph McCarthy's attack dog.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

When you consider the sheer improbable scale of Roy Cohn’s nefarious activities – and his connections and ongoing legacy – the phrase “You couldn’t make it up” springs to mind. That’s rather ironic, admittedly, when we’re talking about a professional liar, but this excellent doco will leave you feeling that way just the same.