For 1,786 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Triplets of Belleville
Lowest review score: 0 Stolen Summer
Score distribution:
1,786 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    While adapting accomplished fiction such as this is a lure Hollywood can never resist, some characters breathe better on the page, and that is the case here.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Affleck and Paltrow, who've been excellent elsewhere, display less chemistry than they've shown in magazine photo shoots. Even Woody and Bo Peep had more going on between them in "Toy Story" than these two manage here.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Getting progressively less involving as it goes along, the strongest feeling Series 7 creates is the passionate desire to change the channel and move on.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Not the kind of unwatchable mess you might assume a film withheld from reviewers' scrutiny would be. It is, however, something equally unfortunate: a mess you'd rather not be watching.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Lacks even a vestige of subtlety and is rarely so much as amusing. Viewers with fond memories of the brothers' wildly funny "There's Something About Mary" will be astonished at how few laughs the current venture has.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    A bad movie for connoisseurs of the genre.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Buried under the miscalculations, the shamelessness, the off-putting and inappropriate broadness are sporadically visible souvenirs of a good project gone bad, hints of the unusual, bittersweet story that got away.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    As the Farrellys have proved, tastelessness can be made palatable, but they've misfired with Me, Myself & Irene.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    George Clooney's first effort behind the camera was doubtless more stimulating to direct than it will be for audiences to watch.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    The best thing that can be said about this lethargic coming-of-age tale, noticeably undernourished at 78 minutes, is that it's better than the even more pathetic "Stolen Summer."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Given the polyglot nature of the cast, with actors from at least five countries taking their best shots at the English language, it's unclear why Cage felt he needed an accent or, stranger still, why it took him a reported seven months to come up with this one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Writer-director Steers has chosen to overload "Igby" with phony archness and forced black humor, making it not the place to look for satisfying acting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    It's not often that you see talented, well-meaning people joined together like cultists in the snare of a group delusion, but that's what makes this film fascinating, the proverbial accident you can't take your eyes off.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Max
    Just because people are objecting to Max for all the wrong reasons doesn't make it a good film, and it's not. It's a bizarre curiosity memorable mainly for the way it fritters away its potentially interesting subject matter via a banal script, unimpressive acting and indifferent direction.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    What audiences end up with word-wise is a hackneyed, completely derivative copy of old Hollywood romances, a movie that reeks of phoniness and lacks even minimal originality.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    A painfully contrived and artificial exercise in futility.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    It has a tendency to run ragged and spends an unhealthy amount of time idling pointlessly at intersections.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Irritating, childish and more frantic than funny, Cats & Dogs does manage some few pleasant moments, but they are not worth waiting for.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    What's most troubling about this witless mishmash of whiny, infantile philosophizing and bone-crunching violence is the increasing realization that it actually thinks it's saying something of significance.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    It's a portrayal so unconvincing it makes it close to impossible for the rest of the film to function as intended.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    This noisy retread, a secondhand facsimile of a movie, is, except for the headache its boisterous sound level leaves you with, as forgettable as a bad day in the Disneyland parking lot.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    A weakly comic splatter movie oversupplied with jokey, cartoonish violence.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    The hard truth is that the line between being deadly earnest and unintentionally silly is thinner than these people think, and Beyond Borders turns out to be an unreal film about a real situation, unavoidably cartoonish, as was the earlier "Tears of the Sun," in its attempt to join crucial issues to ridiculous melodrama.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Scattered, phlegmatic and an all-around weak effort, Celebrity turns out instead to be one of Allen's periodic misfires.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Such a classic combination of feckless dramaturgy and rampant excess that giving way to giggles is the only sane response.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    A complete waste of time and potential.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Despite that frisson of naughtiness and the occasional smile, Jersey Girl is overall too bland to hold our interest.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    It might even have made a good film, but it hasn't. In the hands of stars in denial about their stardom and a director who can't be bothered to take things seriously, it has come out implausible and unsatisfying, a comic thriller that is not especially funny or thrilling.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Goofy and gee-whiz when it isn't being post-apocalyptic glum, it is such an earnest hodgepodge that only by imagining "Mad Max" directed by Frank Capra can you get even an inkling of what it's like.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    By the time Duets faces the music, hardly anyone is going to care.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    The laugh lines are mostly crude and the prevalent slapstick is weak and uneventful.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    The film's tone works overtime at mythologizing tawdry incidents into some ultimate epic about the lost innocence of youth. Gilded trash is more like it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Sporadically effective, it appears not to have particularly excited the people who made it, and that lackadaisical quality is a drawback.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Yet for all its ballyhooed candor about sexual matters, it's a surprisingly baffling and opaque film, too artistic to be standard pornography and too zealously focused on being graphic to the exclusion of all else to succeed as drama.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Laurence Fishburne is one actor who has charisma to burn, but even his incendiary performance can't ignite Hoodlum, a would-be gangster epic that generates less heat than a nickel cigar. [27Aug1997 Pg 8]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Mad City is an example of how enervated polemical filmmaking can become when its plot loses contact with plausibility.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Though it displays enough perils to put a dent in future cruise ship sales, the film has a makeshift, slapdash quality that is the opposite of its predecessor.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    A paint-by-numbers version of an artist's life, Basquiat is amusing for all the wrong reasons, especially at those horrible moments when you realize you're supposed to be taking it seriously.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    A trying experience. As we watch Rochester fall apart in spectacular fashion, it's clear that a major lure for the venturesome Depp was the chance to play a grotesque, to become a pestilent physical wreck with an artificial silver nose. There's more in that role for the actor, however, than there is for us.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Redford's Gage is so busy being exquisitely sensitive and polite he neglects to project any energy, and without it the crucial morning-after part of the movie gradually collapses under the weight of its own self-importance. [07 Apr 1993 Pg. F1]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Though the Strick-Robinson script is solid from line to line, the film's plot is finally too implausible for anyone to rescue.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Coppola decided that he really wasn't making a horror film after all, but rather a love story, a comic burlesque, a costume drama, a piece of erotica, whatever. But no matter what else you do with it, a Dracula that cannot manage to be more scary than silly is as pitilessly doomed as that elegant old Transylvanian himself. [13 Nov 1992]
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Jack is more depressing than the weight of its demerits because of the quality of the work both these men have done before.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Loaded as it is with undeveloped notions about feminism and individuality, nothing about it is really memorable except the appealing musicality of the fine k.d. lang/Ben Mink score, which deserves better. [20 May 1994]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Falling Down encourages a gloating sense that we the long-suffering victims are finally getting our splendid revenge. The ultimate hollowness of that kind of triumph reflects the shallowness of a film all too eager to serve it up. [26 Feb 1993, p.1]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    It would be lying not to say that some of the moviemakers here aren't working at the top of their craft, or that the movie won't reach audiences. On its own terms, Kindergarten Cop is nearly fool-proof: the last word in glib, shallow, soulless, spuriously warm-hearted commercialism. [21 Dec 1990, p.1]
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Not only are none of these characters particularly fun to be with, but the inevitable violence that enters their lives is strong and unpleasant. [03 Sep 1993]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Though he claims to be a seeker, someone who "has to find out" why believers believe, Maher sets out not after answers but cheap laughs that preach, so to speak, to the converted.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Pedestrian and awkward, this film is a disappointment not only in comparison with Lee's earlier epic, the underrated " Malcolm X," but also in comparison with another film with similar aims, Rachid Bouchareb's "Days of Glory."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    It's doubtful that records are kept about this sort of thing, but consider the possibility that Clash of the Titans is the first film to actually be made worse by being in 3-D.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Fake or not, I'm Still Here is no fun to watch, and in fact Phoenix's situation comes off as so dire that it becomes a reason to doubt the film's authenticity. Filming someone having a mental breakdown is embarrassing and exploitative at best.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Not just any kind of trash, it's high-art trash, a kind of "When Tutu Goes Psycho" that so prizes hysteria over sanity that it's worth your life to tell when its characters are hallucinating and when they're not.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Larry Crowne is an inside-out movie, acceptable around the edges but hollow and shockingly unconvincing at its core. When that core is two of the biggest movie stars around - Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts - it's an especially dispiriting situation.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    A leaden mash-up of western and science-fiction elements that ends up noisy, grotesque and unappealing.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    A Good Day to Die Hard plays like an extended victory lap for star Bruce Willis and the entire "Die Hard" franchise. Not surprising, but not overwhelmingly entertaining either.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    With some momentary exceptions, Jack the Giant Slayer simply isn't any fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Aside from preserving these folks for a presumably grateful posterity and convincingly depicting Austin as an open-air lunatic asylum, Slacker does not offer much to anyone who likes to stay awake.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Though the photographs are memorable, the photographer is not.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Not clever or polished enough to be successful as farce, unwilling to supply any reason to care about any of its characters, unable to make the points about the role of fashion in society it thinks it is, "Ready to Wear" is madness without the usual Altman method.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    The Lone Ranger exists without a convincing sense of jeopardy or, more critically, any place for audiences to emotionally connect.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    The Canyons is a bad accident everyone saw coming, and now it is here.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    This is a film that almost is not there.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Soon becomes a sadistic experience in its own right. Experiencing this pretentious wallow -- overwritten, under-thought and overdone -- is a very sophisticated form of torture.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    If Penélope Cruz were any less attractive, maybe someone would have noticed how dull this mild, would-be romantic fairy tale has turned out.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    As pretentious as it is hard-core specific, this fiercely anti-erotic film makes even the chilly "Eyes Wide Shut" play like "The Big Easy."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    It ought to be delightful, but it isn't.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    So exasperating in its contradictions, so frustrating in its fakery, so deeply irritating in its pretensions, it's frankly hard to know where to begin to dissect it.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    This is a Laura Ashley on Safari meditation on bored rich people searching for fulfillment and a new life among the photogenic wildlife of Kenya. Just wake me when it's over.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Sporadically funny, often strange and almost never poignant.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    A kind of dirty fairy tale in which people with nasty attitudes inhabit a trash-talking, macho world of fast cars and complaisant women.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    The latest in what feels like an endless string of movies ... in which the actor's parts have ruinously overdosed on sentimentality and schmaltz at the expense of humor and even sanity.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Rock is undisputably gifted and charismatic, but when Down to Earth takes his edge away, the film's energy goes with it. And without energy, no comedy can survive.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Feels more planned than passionate, scary at points but unconvincing overall.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Stillborn, pointless piece of work.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Too glib too often to make much of an impression any way you look at it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    It's as sad and painful to report as it is to experience, but Hollywood Ending makes the conclusion inescapable: Woody Allen has become his own worst enemy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Taking issue with efforts like The Salton Sea, cold and unemotional films that couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to enthusiastically drag audiences through unhappy material, is as futile as getting mad at the wind.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    The Majestic isn't. Rather it's "The Film That Wasn't There," a derivative, self-satisfied fable that couldn't be more treacly and simple-minded if it tried. And it tries, oh, how it tries.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Almost completely lacking in genuine thrills. Even the attractive presence of star Angelina Jolie can't keep this leaden, plodding, completely underwhelming film from playing like "Lara Croft: Yawn Inducer."
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    A misguided romantic serio-comedy aimed at women and gay men that ends up caricaturing both.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    By coddling viewers and micromanaging our responses, The Other Sister shows almost as little respect for the audience as Elizabeth does for her feisty, underappreciated daughter.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    54
    Decadence has rarely looked so pathetic, lethargic and dispiriting as it does in this listless film.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Hollow, simple-minded and about as profound an experience as stepping in a pile of road kill.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Lacking most kinds of inspiration and geared to undemanding minds, this project is so overloaded with hardware and stunts, it's a relief to have it over.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    With no plot, character or dialogue worth experiencing, let alone remembering, the film merely occupies space on the screen and hopes for the best.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    The Basketball Diaries is a lose-lose proposition. Although it masquerades as a cautionary tale about the horrors of heroin, this epic of teen-age * Angst is more accurately seen as a reverential wallow in the gutter of self-absorption.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    The Quick and the Dead is showy visually, full of pans and zooming close-ups. Rarely dull, it is not noticeably compelling either, and as the derivative offshoot of a derivative genre, it inevitably runs out of energy well before any of its hotshots runs out of bullets.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    By any rational standard, this film is kind of a mess. Even if you agree with its politics, you will probably weep at the ineptitude of it all.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    This poor film is so shamelessly manipulative and hopelessly bogus it will make you bite your tongue in regret and despair.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    McCarthy has not done himself or his reputation any favors with this original.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    One of those movies that makes you want to throw up your hands in despair, disgust, or maybe both.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    A haphazard film about half as sophisticated as the average beer commercial.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    The thrill is definitely gone, leaving a disappointing and unpleasant mess in its place.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    Seems merely tired and stale, the opposite of fresh, marked by ideas for jokes rather than things that are actually funny. Then, without warning, it goes from inept to complete disaster, sinking from indifferent to fiasco in the blink of an eye.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    This aggressively stupid film is merely business as usual, a compendium of all the current obsessions and fixations that make so many of these films such unhappy experiences.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    It is hard to say what is more dispiriting about True Romance the movie itself or the fact that someone somewhere is sure to applaud its hollow, dime-store nihilism and smug pseudo-hip posturing as a bright new day in American cinema. [10 Sept 1993]
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    What's most interesting about this new film is how lacking it is in any of the things, from humor to emotion to halfway decent acting, we might go to a movie for. There's not even enough here to get mad at.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    Turns out to be a muddled limp biscuit of a movie, a vampire soap opera that doesn't make much sense even on its own terms.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    Tiresome, inept farce that's not even a fraction as clever or entertaining as it likes to imagine it is -- a complete waste of time.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    Despite a wealth of special effects...this movie is surprisingly inert, more dull than anything else, with little to recommend it on any level.