Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019)

Rated N/R, Documentary, 94 Minutes

Legendary and controversial attorney Roy Cohn was a power broker in the rough and tumble world of New York City business and politics. Senator Joseph R. McCarthy’s top counsel during investigations into Communist activities in the 1950s, Cohn is also known for being Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, fixer and mentor. Focusing on key periods of his life, and drawing on extensive, newly unearthed archival material, a new documentary on Cohn’s life will debut on HBO in 2019.

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SBIFF Schedule
  • 01/24/2020
  • Fiesta 4
  • 1:20 pm - 2:54 pm
  • 01/25/2020
  • Metro 1
  • 11:00 am - 1:34 am
Reviewed on January 11, 2020 by Jon Kaye

Summary

8.0 out of 10 - Good doc., should be seen with Where's My Roy Cohn for another perspective to give a more complete picture of the man. (Jon)
9.0 - Excellent, a must see documentary about an evil man with lessons that apply today. (Andrew B., Gary J., Patsy F.)
8.0 - Will be on HBO in June 2020. (Sandy)
7.8 - Information rich with especially interesting Trump/Cohn connections. Non-linear presentation seems disorganized. (Laurie M.)
7.5 - (Meryl B.)
6.0 - Interesting and painful history lessons. Filmmaker could have been more objective. (Susan J.)

80%
Craft 80%
Artistry 80%

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What I Liked
  • Nice background on Cohn though not thorough
  • Interesting connections between Cohn and business/political society
What I Didn’t
  • Film bounced between time periods and topics
  • More information available to tie story line together