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There's nothing much new here, including the implication that Cohn was a key factor in the introduction of the combative, zero-sum style of modern politics. The film does manage, however -- maybe unintentionally -- to evoke a certain pity for Cohn.
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.
Lawyer Cohn apparently pulled many malicious stunts in his life. Now director Tyrnauer, whose sex swipes at dead movie stars in his last documentary somehow seemed credible, delivers a real hitjob that remains more absorbing than on point.
... succeeds by digging deeper into Cohn's personal life and his public image, showing how a shadowy figure like Cohn gains influence and wields power behind the scenes, and persuasively connects his legacy to present-day affairs.
With its engaging storytelling, the film is a relevant look at history that has repeated itself; it's also character portrait that, while not penetrating, satisfyingly appeals to our fascination with evil.