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

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

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Critic Consensus: Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn is disappointingly limited in its focus, but Cohn remains a fascinating -- albeit repellent -- subject.

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BULLY. COWARD. VICTIM. THE STORY OF ROY COHN, debuting FRIDAY, JUNE 19 (8:00-9:45 p.m. ET/PT), takes an unflinching look at the life and death of infamous attorney Roy Cohn, who first gained prominence by prosecuting Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in what came to be known as the "atomic spies" case. The documentary draws on extensive, newly unearthed archival material to present the most revealing examination of Roy Cohn to date. Director Ivy Meeropol ("Indian Point," HBO's "Heir to an Execution") brings a unique perspective as the granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg; having spent much of her life feeling both repelled and fascinated by the man who prosecuted her grandparents, obtained their convictions in federal court and then insisted on their executions.

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Meeropol - a granddaughter of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were executed for espionage largely because of Cohn's efforts - exposes her subject's lifelong hypocrisy throughout her engaging and infuriating film.

July 13, 2020 | Full Review…

I think that the film would have been more interesting if it had really focused on what Roy Cohn meant to this family, the Meeropols.

June 23, 2020 | Full Review…

It's very interesting and watchable, although I don't think it's particularly revelatory.

June 23, 2020 | Full Review…

A fascinating look at Cohn and a major addition to studies of the Trump-era. It couldn't come at a better time.

June 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Raw, personal and compassionate...

June 22, 2020 | Full Review…
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Meeropol paints a portrait of Cohn as a despicable liar who was nonetheless very complicated.

June 19, 2020 | Full Review…
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