Kenneth Turan

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For 2,125 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 9.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

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Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Song of the Sea
Lowest review score: 0 The Cell
Score distribution:
2125 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It's an interesting take, and it always holds our interest, but it's finally too ham-fisted to be a completely winning one.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    As a director, Moore is like an energetic puppy who's all over you all at once. You admire his energy, and it's awfully hard to get angry at such high spirits, but you can't help but wish he'd calm down just a bit.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    While the story plays better on the page than the screen and some of the film's elements work better than others, a proficient Ron Howard version of things is certainly competent if only occasionally thrilling.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    While the film glistens a bit now and again, a closer look reveals you've been diverted not by a diamond but by a genuine synthetic zircon.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A film truly geared to the 6-year-old level. If not younger.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The kindest thing that can be said about Sandler's sense of humor is that it's unapologetically juvenile.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Corpse Bride has more warmth and appeal than its title would indicate, but it is finally more grotesque than good-humored. And, even at 75 minutes, it feels longer than its content can comfortably support.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Directed in bold, energetic strokes by Taylor Hackford, "Devil" is fine disreputable fun at first, a stylish and watchable hoot. But then its tone changes, the plot goes gimmicky and bombastic speeches about the nature of good and evil clutter the airwaves and confuse the issue.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Like an aging athlete who knows how to husband strength and camouflage weaknesses, it makes the most of what it does well and hopes you won't notice its limitations.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The problem with High Crimes, acceptable though it is, is that it's not close to anyone's best work.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    What saved "Schindler's List" from this self-conscious nobility was the ambiguity of Oskar Schindler's personality and Spielberg's willingness to treat incendiary material coolly. The lesson he seemed to have learned there, that the strongest stories call for the greatest restraint, is one he has at least partially forgotten here.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A glum and unpleasant experience, caught between what it wants to do and how it has chosen to do it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It's an acceptable, play-it-safe version of the first volume in the hugely popular Veronica Roth-written trilogy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Southpaw is so logic-defying it takes on a Frankenstein life of its own, especially with as energetic and focused an action maestro as Fuqua ("Training Day," "The Equalizer") in charge.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though Girls Rock! is nothing if not well meaning, it doesn't always feel like the best possible film on the subject.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The latest in Hollywood's almost biblical procession of disaster films, Deep Impact tries with moderate success to be more than just the sum of its special effects.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    As with the DeMille ventures, enjoyment here involves managing expectations and not taking things too seriously.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Stewart acquits himself solidly, though not thrillingly, as a beginning director, doing especially well in the film's involving central section dealing with Bahari's time in prison, where the filmmaking is as compelling as the feature's intentions are admirable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The two men collaborate so well, in fact, that the real love match of Appaloosa is between the two of them and no one else.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    There is more to admire in A Beautiful Mind than you might suspect, but less than its creators believe. When the film does succeed, it almost seems to do so despite itself.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Director Paul Anderson, whose last film was "Mortal Kombat," well knows how to build suspense and increase tension. But counterbalancing all of that is Event Horizon's position as a sci-fi splatter film, intent on drenching the screen in blood and gore whenever possible. [15Aug1997 Pg 16]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The film's plot...is more contrived than creditable, motivations are not always clear, and some characters, for instance Kiefer Sutherland as a praise the lord and pass the ammunition Marine, are not very convincingly acted. [11 Dec 1992]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Chan is still able to project the boyishness and insecurity of the new kid on the block. But even those aren't enough to make Tuxedo a black-tie affair.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though enlivened by occasional touches, "Smilla's" is like the food at Taco Bell: exotic only to someone who hasn't experienced the real thing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Ultimately satisfying and successful version of the opening volume of the celebrated "His Dark Materials" trilogy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    An acceptable star vehicle, no better or worse than it should be, a well-worn standard diversion that gets the job done without eliciting either howls of fury or paroxysms of delight.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Even fairy tales could use a bit more substance than this.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It would be dishonest to deny that Jade Scorpion has amusing moments, but it never gets better than that and often settles for less.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    As enjoyable as this film is in parts, it's not nearly as successful as a whole. Enormously engaging in its opening segments, it's unable to sustain that good feeling over the long haul.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    If you want to see old-fashioned nonstop mayhem with stars so venerable that "The Leathernecks" (and I don't mean Marines) might be an alternative title, reviews are going to be superfluous. If you don't want to go, no review can change your mind.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A raunchy doodle, a leisurely and easygoing diversion that goes down easy enough but is far from compelling.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    To see this overly schematic movie, is to be made to feel -- inaccurately as it turns out -- that the whole thing is a hopelessly exaggerated fabrication. The taint of the melodramatic techniques used in key segments infects the entire movie and makes us question the truth of a significant historical reality.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    What Spy Game turns out to be is the old reliable family car spruced up around the edges in an attempt to convince a new generation of buyers that it's a hot number.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Sensitively directed by Ron Shelton and helped by what just might be the best performance of Kurt Russell's career, Dark Blue is as interesting and successful as it can be within its limits, but those limits make this a more generic film than its makers intended.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Beautifully made but emotionally empty, it exists only for the sensation of its provocative moments.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Undeniably clever and inventive, Babe: Pig in the City has nevertheless sacrificed part of the freshness and buoyancy that made the original "Babe" so luminous. This sequel is more elaborate, more calculated and more self-consciously dark than its deservedly beloved predecessor.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The Birth of a Nation certainly has the power of conviction, but the grace of art escapes it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Robert Redford, who for the first time stars in a movie he's also directed, has taken this soap opera material and treated it like something inscribed on yak vellum by the Dalai Lama.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The Wolverine is an erratic affair, more lumbering than compelling, an ambitious film with its share of effective moments that stubbornly refuses to catch fire.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Self-conscious about its heroism with portrayals that lean toward the glib and the professionally uplifting, the film milks our sympathies too readily to be emotionally convincing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Rachel McAdams gives the kind of performance we go to the movies for. The rest of the film isn't always up to her level, but it does provide genial entertainment until it runs out of steam.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    As frigid as its name. Burdened with a story of some of the world's least interesting people going through a holiday crisis, director Ang Lee and screenwriter James Schamus get as close as any creative team could to making matters involving, but the task is finally too much for them.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though Butcher is appealing, Saint Ralph is anchored by Scott's persuasive work as a model of intelligent decency.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Oblivious to niceties like subtlety, plausibility and discretion, it rushes heedlessly toward its destination of audience arousal. Like a flood, the impact is undeniable but it's not something everyone will want to get in the way of. [24Jul1996 Pg. F.01]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    You're initially jazzed by his effrontery, but Deadpool, with his relentlessly glib, nothing-sacred attitude, is not an individual who wears particularly well.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    There's no freshness here, no sense of newness or discovery. In its place, there's an earnest desire not to drop the ball, a determination to risk as little as possible in keeping this golden egg from cracking wide open.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    More science-fiction space opera than superhero epic, it works in fits and starts as its disparate parts go in and out of effectiveness, but the professionalism of the production make it watchable in a comic book kind of way.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Whenever The Fifth Estate leaves the involving one-on-one drama between Assange and Domscheit-Berg, you wish it wouldn't.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Problematic but involving, Child 44 offers a picture of what individuals did to survive in a world turned upside down. The film's singular premise allows it to survive its various shortcomings, but it is a near-thing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Its story line and performances are no more than serviceable, but those terrible twisters are state of the art.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    In its determination to overdo sure-fire material, Billy Elliot becomes as impossible to wholeheartedly embrace as it is to completely reject.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Heavy on swordplay and spectacle, it's so intent on reviving the costume epics of the past it doesn't realize it's trying to be too many things to too many people until it collapses under its own weight.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Light and frothy though all this is, there is an off-putting element to "Josie," and it's what must be the film's world record number of product placements.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    For the future, the Saint is such an unpleasant and predatory manipulator, it's difficult to root for romance. And when Kilmer's mightily convincing Ice King begins to melt, it's so out of character with what's gone before that its believability is touch and go.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The uncomfortable reality remains that although this movie is effective moment to moment, very little of it lingers in the mind afterward. The ideal vehicle for our age of immediate sensation and instant gratification, it disappears without a trace almost as soon as it's consumed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A potent and unexpected mixture of authenticity and flash -- even if this is what happened on the ground, making it worth our time on screen is just beyond the contortionist abilities of even this most acrobatic of films.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though Iron Man is diverting enough in the comic-book-movie mode, there is one thing it doesn't have, and that is dramatic unity. Unlike the irreducible element that is its namesake, Iron Man the movie is an alloy, a combination of several different and disconnected components that don't manage to unite to make a coherent whole.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though it would be dishonest to call this an unqualified success, it would be churlish not to tip the hat to Love Actually's genuine charm.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Rules Don't Apply, as its name implies, is a movie intent on going its own way. It's not without its charms, but there aren't enough of them and they don't readily cohere.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Despite involved acting and Nichols' impeccable professionalism as a director, the end result is, to quote one of the characters, "a bunch of sad strangers photographed beautifully."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Rude, rowdy and raunchy, The Campaign gleefully skewers the current sad state of American politics. With a target that tempting, it's not surprising that this cynical and funny film hits more often than it misses.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It is a laconic, enigmatic piece of work, displaying the grace with spoken language that marked "Glengarry Glen Ross" but troublesome in terms of structure and character development.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Going boldly where no one has gone before is not what it used to be. Contentedly settled into a prosperous middle age, the "Star Trek" series now seems more comfortable retracing its own footsteps, carefully offering its horde of fans interludes that aspire to do no more than fit snugly into the patterns of the past.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    If The Hudsucker Proxy is a triumph, it is a zombie one. Too cold, too elegant, too perfect, more an exhibit in a cinema museum than a flesh-and-blood film, "Proxy's" highly polished surface leaves barely any space for an audience's emotional connection. [11 Mar 1994, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Essentially a late-'90s MTV version of "The Exorcist," a half-serious, half-silly piece of business that keeps us involved despite (or maybe because of) being more than a little overdone.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    This overly derivative motion picture thinks it is doing and saying more than it is. Instead, it ends up as little more than a reasonable facsimile of the real thing, despite a subtle and effective performance by Ben Affleck, of all people.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A rambling, mildly entertaining performance film.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Starring Wesley Snipes as the suave Regis, Murder at 1600 is the modern equivalent of the routine B-picture, diverting in a small potatoes kind of way, though its budget and stars are big league.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    As the only Austen work to be named after its heroine, Emma must have an engaging performance in the title role to succeed at all, and fortunately Gwyneth Paltrow, after a slow start, completely wins us over.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A self-satisfied film about insecure people, a quirky and episodic comic drama that squanders its genuine assets and ends up not as special as it tries to be.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Yet with so much going for it, the film's creators have made the classic Hollywood choice and treated its actresses like flesh-and-blood special effects. If you've got talent like this, or so the theory goes, a coherent story is a luxury that can be dispensed with.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Star Routh's presence and the joys of flight keep Superman Returns alive, but all those missteps dog its heels, holding it back like little touches of Kryptonite in the night.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It shows promise but finally hits things so hard, both literally and metaphorically, that it's hard not to feel pummeled yourself by the time it's over.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It's a gritty story made in the director's more elegiacal mode, a confusion of style and content that is not in the film's best interests.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Hitchcock puts major league star power at the service of its peek-behind-closed-doors premise. But whatever that relationship was like in real life, this is one cinematic portrait of a marriage we could have lived without.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
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    Robinson's combination of fortitude, restraint and passion for the game was stunning. You can't help getting caught up in this story, even as you are wishing the telling was sharper than it is.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    If a concept is to sustain itself over a multipart story, it must make an emotional connection, and this "Reloaded," especially with stars cast for their lack of affect and affinity for blankness, cannot do that.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    If I Stay takes time to find its footing amid miscalculations and awkward moments.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Plays like the setup for a movie that never materializes. It has all the elements for a successful comedy, but once the premise is presented, the film doesn't know how to deliver on its promise. That doesn't mean there is no fun in "Fun."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    With what we see on screen weighted too much toward pain and too little toward redemption, this is a film we respect more than love, and that is something of a wasted opportunity.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though originality is not one of its accomplishments, Anastasia is generally pleasant, serviceable and eager to please.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Strongly acted by a highly competent ensemble.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    What makes the story worthwhile is the candor and personality of the band members.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    What Surfwise reveals is that the dark side of the surfing doctor was that he could be a terrible tyrant, someone whose controlling, self-centered rigidity limited his children in ways large and small as much as it gave them richer lives.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Intent as it is on being both artistically and politically involving, The Great Water periodically miscalculates its effects, coming on stronger than it intends.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though comedy is an intrinsic part of the play, director Zaks has not found a way to translate it effectively on screen.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Does have a large and capable cast and, in James Foley, a director with a taste for visual flourishes. They all so fell in love with the script by Doug Jung they didn't notice how much a derivative retread it is of superior material like "The Grifters" and even "The Sting."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A Wolf at the Door is undoubtedly effective and well-crafted, but its tale of reckless obsession and its inevitably unhappy ending are finally too unsavory for its own good.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Constrained by the plot of the novel, the film keeps the two lovers apart for quite a spell, robbing the project of the crazy-in-love energy that made "Twilight," the first entry in the series, such a guilty pleasure.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    As sanctimonious as it is sincere, this is a well-meaning picture that is seriously stuck on itself, that can't hide its air of self-satisfaction. [25 Dec 1991]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Because it is fearlessly sincere and not totally successful, Winter's Tale is easy to mock. But it is also hard not to admire its willingness to go all out in its quest for the grandest of romantic gestures.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The film's scary moments are too monstrous and its happy times have too much idiotic beaming, making the film feel like the illegitimate offspring of "Alien" and "The Absent-Minded Professor."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though it has loftier aims, it is in reality strictly a film made by believers for believers. It's like the Discovery Channel version of the Greatest Story Ever Told, an earnest, not particularly distinguished piece of work that has none of the touch of the poet that made Pasolini's "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" such a triumph.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Despite its good intentions, Spirit is more self-conscious and uninspiring from a dramatic point of view than one might have wished. Still, whenever it threatens to get bogged down in earnest dramaturgy, a stirring visual sequence -- rouses us.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though there is heroism as well as love here, because it involves the deaths of people we have come to care about, Everest is finally a sad story, though not always a dramatically involving one.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Actress Kristy Swanson provides the ideal combination of energy and comic disdain that characterize a most unlikely savior. While it would be a mistake to oversell Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the sad and/or happy truth is that you could do worse on a warm summer night. A lot worse. [31 Jul 1992, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Feels out of shape and self-satisfied, as if it knew it didn't have to try very hard.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    What's on screen is too honest and from the heart to totally dismiss but too slick and contrived to completely embrace. This is a film that cares about genuine emotion but also wants to tame it, to tidy it up and keep it confined to quarters.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The Underneath doesn't add up. Made with polish and assurance, capably acted and intricately constructed, its overall impact is less than these parts would indicate. It is good but, against all logic, it is not good enough.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A solid, often engrossing film that doesn't engage us overall the way Denzel Washington's work does.

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