Kenneth Turan

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For 2,105 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

  • Movies
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Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Toy Story
Lowest review score: 0 The Cell
Score distribution:
2105 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Impeccably made and uncompromisingly adult, Claude Chabrol's A Girl Cut in Two is unquestionably the work of a master.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Adventurous, provocative, even daring.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Made by a first-time feature director working with a microscopic budget and a tiny, 11-year-old protagonist, it’s a 72-minute wonder, a self-assured, gently mysterious little film that is hypnotic in unexpected ways.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It's the film's glowing visual qualities, a striking performance by Denzel Washington and the elegant control Carl Franklin has over it all that create the most exotic crime entertainment of the season.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The most convincing war movie ever made.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Nearly three hours long, and deliberately paced at that, this first feature ever in the Inuit language is a demanding experience. But the rewards for those who risk the journey are simply extraordinary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Set in an enchanting locale where the potential for magic is everywhere, this impeccable animated film puts its complete trust in the spirit of make-believe.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Masterfully put-together, made with confidence, intelligence and command.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This delicious satire about aging hipsters and their discontents is everything we've come to expect from the best of Noah Baumbach, as well as several things more.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Nebraska offers something deeper and more mature, the ability to make us care about its characters and their story on a different level than Payne has given us before.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is a film that insinuates itself deeply into our awareness. It's that rare pulp story with something on its mind, an unnerving, socially conscious thriller with a killer sense of narrative drive.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Inside Out manages to be honest and unafraid but never cheaply sentimental where emotion is concerned, evoking a largeness of spirit whose ability to be moving sneaks up and takes us by surprise.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A revelatory, strikingly emotional look at a complex, troubled, enormously gifted man.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    An intense, nihilistic thriller as well as a model of implacable storytelling, this is a film you can't stop watching even though you very much wish you could. That's because No Country escorts you through a world so pitilessly bleak, "you put your soul at hazard," as one character says, to be part of it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    His is a triumph of pure filmmaking, a pitiless, unrelenting, no-excuses war movie so thoroughly convincing it's frequently difficult to believe it is a staged re-creation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Ghost Writer is the kind of impeccable adult entertainment, able to alternate edge-of-your-seat episodes with bleakly comic moments, that Hitchcock used to specialize in and that Polanski himself realized so successfully in "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    [A] crackerjack thriller, at once brooding, claustrophobic and unbearably tense.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    As essential in its own way as Anton Karas' celebrated zither work was to "The Third Man," Lola's music is perfectly suited to the film's aims and just about addictive in its throbbing, insinuating rhythms.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is a police procedural, if you will, about what's been called the artistic crime of the century.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Invisible Woman is an exceptional film about love, longing and regret. It's further proof, if proof were needed, that classic filmmaking done with passion, sensitivity and intelligence results in cinema fully capable of blowing you away.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Perhaps the director's most touching, most elegiac work yet, Million Dollar Baby is a film that does both the expected and the unexpected, that has the nerve and the will to be as pitiless as it is sentimental.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The fact that this kind of serious material ends up playing puckishly funny as well as poignant is a tribute both to Coppola and to her do-or-die decision to cast Murray in the lead role.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    You feel protective about Leigh's work because its almost indescribable virtues touch the heart, yet far from being some delicate flower, Life Is Sweet has the wild, brazen, anything-goes energy of a 2-year-old, willing to take chances that would freeze the blood of another, more timidly conventional film.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Although its computer-generated imagery is impressive, the major surprise of this bright foray into a new kind of animation is how much cleverness has been invested in story and dialogue.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Made with a palpable sense of urgency, this tense, propulsive motion picture is a model of what mainstream entertainment can be like when everything goes right.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Indignation tells a very particular story, one that’s bittersweet, heartbreaking and bleakly comic all at once, and it gets it right.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Echoes the unmistakable freshness and excitement of the Nouvelle Vague, the sense of joy in being alive and making movies, that made those works distinctive and unforgettable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The music is so rich and completely satisfying and the characters so appealing Once makes us believe that this is all happening right in front of our eyes. We fall for each of these young people at the precise moment they are falling for each other, and what could be better than that?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The result is a top-drawer melodrama, a polished example of commercial movie-making that manages to improve on the original while retaining its best-selling spirit. [30 Jun 1993 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Song of the Sea is a wonder to behold. This visually stunning animation masterwork, steeped in Irish myth, folklore and legend, so adroitly mixes the magical and the everyday that to watch it is to be wholly immersed in an enchanted world.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Because it is confident of its story and its powers, “Howards End” takes the time to establish itself, to allow its characters the space to demonstrate subtlety and complexity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    L.A. Confidential, with an exceptional ensemble cast directed by Curtis Hanson from James Ellroy's densely plotted novel, looks to be the definitive noir for this particular time and place.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    While most films are fortunate if they succeed on any level, The Return works easily on several, making as powerful a mark emotionally as it does visually and even allegorically. Yet the film so catches you up in its compelling story, you're almost not aware of how masterful a piece of cinema you're watching.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Phoenix is an intoxicating witches' brew, equal parts melodrama and moral parable, that audaciously mixes diverse elements to compelling, disturbing effect.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    What Fire at Sea appears to be and what it is are not the same thing, and it's that difference that makes it a masterful documentary.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Effervescent, unflappable, supremely pleased with herself, Cher (delightfully played by the much-publicized Alicia Silverstone) is the comic centerpiece of Clueless, a wickedly funny teen-age farce from writer-director Amy Heckerling that, like its heroine, turns out to have more to it than anyone could anticipate. [19 July 1995]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Master takes some getting used to. This is a superbly crafted film that's at times intentionally opaque, as if its creator didn't want us to see all the way into its heart of darkness.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Creates magic of a completely different sort. It makes the unlikeliest subject unforgettable, finding drama, beauty, even poetry in simple things and simple lives.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Del Toro is almost alone in his ability to re-create on screen the wide-eyed exhilaration and disturbing grotesqueness that is the legacy of reading comics on the page.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A Separation is totally foreign and achingly familiar. It's a thrilling domestic drama that offers acute insights into human motivations and behavior as well as a compelling look at what goes on behind a particular curtain that almost never gets raised.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Those who see it will, quite frankly, not believe their luck. It is that satisfying, that engrossing, that good.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Despite this lack of narration, Our Daily Bread never fails to enthrall because of the impeccable eye -- for composition, for color, for movement within the frame -- of filmmaker Geyrhalter.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Red Turtle is a visually stunning poetic fable, but there’s more on its mind than simply beauty.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Told with wit, genuine poignancy and all kinds of humor, Venus charts the unlikely relationship between a man in his 70s and a young woman more than half a century his junior.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Arrival is really Adams' film, a showcase for her ability to quietly and effectively meld intelligence, empathy and reserve.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Intense, hypnotic, assured, Croupier mesmerizes from its opening image of a roulette ball on the move.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    An astonishing technological feat, but what is even more remarkable is that the technology does not overwhelm the artistry.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Never one to shy away from challenges, Morris has come up with one of the best documentaries of this or any year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A tremendously exciting science-fiction thriller that's as disturbing as it sounds. This is a popular entertainment with a knockout punch so intense and unnerving it'll have you worrying if it's safe to close your eyes at night.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Spotlight doesn't call attention to itself. Its screenplay is self-effacing, its accomplished direction is intentionally low key, and it encourages its fistful of top actors to blend into an eloquent ensemble.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    An extraordinarily moving examination of how the AIDS epidemic both devastated and transformed San Francisco's gay community, this clear-eyed and soulful documentary brings us inside the contagion in a way that is so intimate, so personal, you feel like you're hearing about these catastrophic events for the first time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The piercingly realistic Captain Phillips will exceed your expectations.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Low Down is one from the heart. It's a melancholy, evocative, beautifully made memory piece, unblinking and unromanticized, a lovely film that brings great emotion and a dead-on feeling for time, place and recaptured mood to a story that is as universal as it is personal.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Smartly written by Aaron Sorkin, directed to within an inch of its life by David Fincher and anchored by a perfectly pitched performance by Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network is a barn-burner of a tale that unfolds at a splendid clip.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Shrewdly imagined and persuasively made, Ex Machina is a spooky piece of speculative fiction that's completely plausible, capable of both thinking big thoughts and providing pulp thrills. But even saying that doesn't do this quietly unnerving film full justice.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A perfect storm of a motion picture, with an icy, immaculate director unexpectedly taking on deeply emotional subject matter.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    As someone who was part of the Resistance, Melville knew enough to neither melodramatically glorify nor cynically devalue the heroism he presents. This is people doing what needed to be done, Army of Shadows says, this is the way it was.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A whole world can be fit into 76 minutes, and that's what the splendid documentary OT: our town manages to do.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    To see The Wind Rises is to simultaneously marvel at the work of a master and regret that this film is likely his last.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    One reason Boal makes such a potent combination with Bigelow is that her directing style moves us right along. She is so good with both action and creating a convincing look and feel for the film that the time it takes to get up to speed with the complicated plot does not feel like a problem.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Silence is an exemplary German-language thriller, a complex and disturbing examination of guilt, violence and psychological torment that chills us to the core not once but two times over.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Parse it any way you like, Miyazaki's gifts as an animator place him in a category of his own. To see his latest film is to be somehow reminded of Italians who could hear Verdi's operas as soon as they were sung or English readers who could experience the novels of Dickens episode by episode.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Square bears witness to history in an articulate, thoughtful and intensely dramatic way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It's a domestic horror story that literally gets to us where we live, a disturbing tale told with uncompromising emotionality and great skill by filmmaker Lynne Ramsay.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    More elaborate than the original, but just as shrewdly put together, it cleverly combines the most successful elements of its predecessor with a number of new twists (would you believe a kinder, gentler Terminator?) to produce on e hell of a wild ride, a Twilight of the Gods that takes no prisoners and leaves audiences desperate for mercy. [3 July 1991, Calendar, p.F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Midnight Special announces the arrival of a filmmaker in total control of his technique as well as our emotions. A bravura science-fiction thriller that explores emotional areas like parenthood and the nature of belief, it's a riveting genre exercise as well as something more.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The fingerprints of the Camorra are everywhere, this film wants us to know, and its grip is lethal.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Gravity is out of this world. Words can do little to convey the visual astonishment this space opera creates. It is a film whose impact must be experienced in 3-D on a theatrical screen to be fully understood.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is a nearly flawless little film, a cheerful nightmare that knows just where it wants to go and uses precisely calibrated comic effects to get there.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Achieves its success through a combination of attitude and technique, uniting, to exceptional effect, a way of viewing the world morally while looking at it physically.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Potent, persuasive and hypnotic, The Dark Knight Rises has us at its mercy. A disturbing experience we live through as much as a film we watch, this dazzling conclusion to director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is more than an exceptional superhero movie, it is masterful filmmaking by any standard.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Sand Storm's great gift is that it is human, not didactic, showing not only how difficult this iron web of culture and tradition is to escape from but also how much it poisons the lives of the men who enforce it as much as the women who are victimized by it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Likely as not, these things mean nothing in a conventional plot sense, but as powerful images, as pictures from a dreamlike world, they are unforgettable. And that, David Lynch would probably say, is exactly the point.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Film has always been especially effective it portraying what it can feel like, what it can mean to be in love, and My Golden Days is right up there with the best of them.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Prepare to be astonished by Spirited Away.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Subversive, provocative and unexpected, Exit Through the Gift Shop delights in taking you by surprise, starting quietly but ending up in a hall of mirrors as unsettling as anything Lewis Carroll's Alice ever experienced.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It's intelligent, provocative and intensely dramatic. Its subject matter may be tough but it is as powerfully authentic as anyone could want.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Things to Come holds us completely. A life is unfolding here, under our eyes, and we never lose sight of how special that is.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    An exceptional--and exceptionally disturbing--film from a first-time director and writer (with Andy Bienen) named Kimberly Pierce. Unflinching, uncompromising, made with complete conviction and rare skill.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Harrowing and unflinching, a savage nightmare so consuming and claustrophobic you will want to leave but fear to go, City of Life and Death is a cinematic experience unlike any you've had before. It's a film strong enough to change your life, if you can bear to watch it at all.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    When on-the-ground reality is conveyed with the complexity and fascination it is here, unforgettable documentaries are always the result.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A wonderful treasure from the seemingly inexhaustible cornucopia of crackling French crime dramas.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Belgian directing brothers deal with themes they have made their own: the difficulty of being moral in an amoral world and the grinding, unforgiving nature of reality for those forced by poverty to live on the margins of society. These are not easy films to experience, but they are uncompromising and unforgettable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    See it and it'll stay with you as your own memories do: funny, poignant, bittersweet and irreplaceable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    From Up on Poppy Hill is frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see. It's a time-machine dream of a not-so-distant past, a sweet and honestly sentimental story that also represents a collaboration between the greatest of Japanese animators and his up-and-coming son.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Daring in its willingness to risk looking maudlin by dealing with extremes, Blue doesn't hesitate to explore spiritual and psychological states that are beyond many films.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    One of the great crime thrillers, the benchmark all succeeding heist films have been measured against, it's no musty museum piece but a driving, compelling piece of work, redolent of the air of human frailty and fatalistic doom.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Its step-by-step tragedy is so ruthless in its unfolding, you may find yourself wishing it were less well done, that it left you some room to breathe. But House of Sand and Fog has a story to tell and it means to tell it, no matter what the cost.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    There's barely any on-field footage in The Damned United. What we get instead is fine acting and directing, splendid dialogue and a story too outrageous to be made up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Larson has done exceptional work before... but the way she has taken the deepest of dives into this complex, difficult material is little short of astonishing. The reality and preternatural commitment she brings to Ma is piercingly honest from start to finish, as scaldingly emotional a performance as anyone could wish for.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    An impeccably acted character drama revolving around a mother and her teenage twin sons, Private Property shows how strong and how terrifying the bonds within families can be. Directed by Belgium's Joachim Lafosse, it etches the line between love and hate with a savagery that is almost unprecedented.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The powerfully disturbing Red Riding trilogy will haunt you waking and sleeping, night and day. If you survive the watching of it, that is, which is no easy thing.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Beautifully crafted, movingly acted, still involving and entertaining, this is just the kind of film people are talking about when they say they don't make them like this anymore.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    What is different about Half Nelson is the execution, the kind of subtlety in writing, directing and acting (by costars Shareeka Epps and Anthony Mackie as well as Gosling) you seldom see.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    While the bleak, funny, exquisitely made Inside Llewyn Davis echoes familiar themes and narrative journeys, it also goes its own way and becomes a singular experience, one of their best films.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Glaciers might be melting, the polar caps might be crumbling, but not even the passage of half a century has taken the frozen edge off this brilliantly icy film.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    An invigorating powerhouse of a personal documentary, adventurous and absolutely fascinating.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Letters From Iwo Jima, takes audiences to a place that would seem unimaginable for an American director. Daring and significant, it presents a picture from life's other side, not only showing what wartime was like for our Japanese adversaries on that island in the Pacific but also actually telling the story in their language. Which turns out to be no small thing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    To borrow a marketing phrase from another, very different film, A Prophet really is the movie that reminds you why you love the movies. Especially movies like this one.

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