Kenneth Turan

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For 2,261 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Ida
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
2261 movie reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Experiencing Beast of Burden's inept dialogue and uninspiring direction on screen is a continual trial.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Whatever else you think about Marx and his ideas, it's hard to imagine him as hot-blooded and young. Director and co-writer Raoul Peck, as it turns out, not only understands those contradictions, he is committed to embracing them, which is what makes The Young Karl Marx the audacious, engrossing film it is.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A droll romp through prehistoric times, filtered through Park's beyond antic imagination.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Made with its subject's cooperation and talking to people like comrade in arms Gloria Steinem and Allred's daughter, fellow attorney Lisa Bloom, the film allows us, at least to a certain extent, to get behind the public persona to the private person.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Though the sequences of the actual heroism on the Paris-bound train are fully as crisp and involving as you'd expect, the other sections of the film, intent on demonstrating how undeniably everyday the three participants were up to that crucial moment, fall regrettably flat.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Energized to a thrilling extent by a myriad of Afrocentric influences, Black Panther showcases a vivid inventiveness that underscores the obvious point that we want all cultures and colors represented on screen because that makes for a richness of cinematic experience that everyone enjoys being exposed to.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Like the best of dreams, familiar yet wondrously different, On Body and Soul adroitly mixes recognizable cinematic tropes with extraordinary ideas that are very much the filmmaker's own.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    While it doesn't pay to think too hard about the plot, after four of these films, director Collet-Serra, shooting here on a 30-ton set put together from authentic discarded railroad scrap, is an expert, so to speak, at making this kind of train run on time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Bening has done a remarkable job of capturing Grahame's look and her breathy way of talking, insuring that her performance is real and using it to explore still-relevant issues of aging, glamour and relationships.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An increasingly disturbing film, it offers no relief for its central character, or for its audiences for that matter. Akin was inspired to tell the story by real-life political events in Germany, and his skills as a filmmaker are such that escape from this unsettling film is not in the cards.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though its theme of the corrosive influence of unimaginable wealth is not exactly news, "All the Money" benefits, in much the same way that Scott's similar (and underappreciated) "American Gangster" did, from the director's expertise at bringing pace and interest to stories he cares enough about to sink his teeth into.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Post is the rare Hollywood movie made not to fulfill marketing imperatives but because the filmmakers felt the subject matter had real and immediate relevance to the crisis both society and print journalism find themselves in right now.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Once feared dead but found instead only sleeping, the western has sprung back to strong and compelling life with the intense, involving Hostiles being the latest case in point.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    This is a satisfying indie western, a dark and brooding film made with both a modern touch and real love for the genre.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Shape of Water is a wonder to behold. Magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical fairy tale with moral overtones, it’s a film that plays by all the rules and none of them, going its own way with fierce abandon.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    What makes "Bombshell" intriguing is not just Lamarr's gift for invention, it's also what a fiery individualist she was, someone who had no regrets about her eventful life ("You learn from everything"), not even its racy, tabloid elements.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    An intricate, dazzling cinematic dance, Foxtrot goes both deeper in and further out than standard-issue cinema. It's profound and moving and wild and crazy at the same time, simultaneously telling a specific story and offering an emotional snapshot of a country whose very soul seems to be at risk.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    While the conclusion to The Other Side of Hope is open-ended, Kaurismaki unashamedly believes in brotherhood, and among other things his film celebrates people who do the right thing without making a big deal about it.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Because of its look, some fine period music including the Mills Brothers version of "Coney Island Washboard," and actors giving it their best effort, Wonder Wheel is not as completely forgettable as it would otherwise be.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Simple, powerful, made with conviction and skill, 1945 proceeds as inexorably as Sámuel and his son on their long walk into town. It's a potent messenger about a time that is gone but whose issues and difficulties are not even close to being past.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    From its grab-for-all-the-gusto Gary Oldman performance to its direction by Joe Wright, Darkest Hour is nothing if not an energetic, showy piece of work, but some types of showy have more staying power than others.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A work of striking beauty and affecting emotional heft enhanced by an Afghan-themed score by Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna, The Breadwinner reminds us yet again that the best of animation takes us anywhere at any time and makes us believe.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though it keeps Auggie's fine sense of humor and his remarkably even-keeled attitude about himself and his situation, the movie version of Wonder feels more pat and After School Special-ish than the novel.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Though the film is completely worth seeing just to experience such a totally realized performance and hear Gilroy's always sharp dialogue, the reality and complexity of the character turns out to clash with plotting that is not as convincing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A seriously satisfying superhero movie, one that, rife with lines like "the stench of your fear is making my soldiers hungry," actually feels like the earnest comic books of our squandered youth.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    In the hands of uncommon writer-director Martin McDonagh and a splendid cast toplined by Frances McDormand in what could be the role of her rich and varied career, the how and why of those billboards becomes a savage film, even a dangerous one, the blackest take-no-prisoners farce in quite some time.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    As warm as it is smart — and it is very smart — Lady Bird marks actor/screenwriter Greta Gerwig's superb debut as a solo director and yet another astonishing performance by star Saoirse Ronan.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    It's that the closeness with Dunne, as well as his complete familiarity with the boldface-names life she and her husband led in both Los Angeles and New York, has given this film a quality of personal intimacy that makes it moving and involving.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Novitiate sure-handedly takes us inside the world of belief with care, concern and a piercing, discerning eye.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Thank You For Your Service is more effective, more disturbing than you may expect, and that is very much a good thing.

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