Kenneth Turan

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For 2,307 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 8.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Gone Girl
Lowest review score: 0 Hudson Hawk
Score distribution:
2307 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    May be the most hopeless, despairing comic-book movie in memory. It creates a world where being a superhero is at best a double-edged sword and no triumph is likely to be anything but short-lived.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is a police procedural, if you will, about what's been called the artistic crime of the century.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    As the summer heats up, let Frozen River wash over you; let its bracing drama and the intensity of its acting restore your spirits as well as your faith in American independent film.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    What results is a captivating portrait of the most gorgeously fractious dysfunctional family.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Provocative, hallucinatory, incendiary, this devastating animated documentary is unlike any Israeli film you've seen. More than that, in its seamless mixing of the real and the surreal, the personal and the political, animation and live action, it's unlike any film you've seen, period.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A remarkable feat of imagination, a magical tale with a genuinely sinister edge.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Up
    Rarely has any film, let alone an animated one powered by the logic of dream and fantasy, been able to move so successfully -- and so effortlessly -- through so many different kinds of cinematic territory.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The fingerprints of the Camorra are everywhere, this film wants us to know, and its grip is lethal.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Overwhelmingly tense, overflowing with crackling verisimilitude, it's both the film about the war in Iraq that we've been waiting for and the kind of unqualified triumph that's been long expected from director Kathryn Bigelow.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    What makes Seraphine, directed and co-written by Martin Provost, so exceptional is that it neither condescends to nor romanticizes its subject.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    You'll be planning to see Ponyo twice before you've finished seeing it once. Five minutes into this magical film you'll be making lists of the individuals of every age you can expose to the very special mixture of fantasy and folklore, adventure and affection.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This small gem of a movie always feels true and real as it gently reveals the quiet moments that define our lives.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Avatar's shock and awe demand to be seen. You've never experienced anything like it, and neither has anyone else.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Writer-directors Joel and Ethan have seized the opportunity afforded by the Oscar-winning success of "No Country for Old Men," to make their most personal, most intensely Jewish film, a pitch-perfect comedy of despair that, against some odds, turns out to be one of their most universal as well.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Masterfully put-together, made with confidence, intelligence and command.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Up in the Air makes it look easy. Not just in its casual and apparently effortless excellence, but in its ability to blend entertainment and insight, comedy and poignancy, even drama and reality, things that are difficult by themselves but a whole lot harder in combination. This film does all that and never seems to break a sweat.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is a performance, and a film, to cherish for this year and always.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    People fall in love in every country, but nowhere is the experience put on film with the flawless style, empathy and emotion the French provide. Mademoiselle Chambon is the latest in that line of deeply moving romances, an exquisite chamber piece made with the kind of sensitivity and nuance that's become almost a lost art.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Faultlessly acted by top Australian talent, including Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom marries heightened emotionality with cool contemporary style.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Lebanon is not just the name of an excellent new Israeli film, it signifies a continuing national obsession that shows no signs of going away.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A thrilling adventure of the spirit. Austere yet provocative, this is not only a film about faith, it also has faith that the power generated by complex moral decisions can be as unstoppable as any runaway locomotive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Epic and intimate, historical and contemporary, moving and thought-provoking, the impressive The Princess of Montpensier has something for all and sundry but especially for those who like to believe that films can be as boldly intelligent as they are entertaining.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It's a privilege and a pleasure to be present in a sacred space where the human and the mystical effortlessly intertwine, and we are in Werner Herzog's debt for that great gift.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Daring in the ways only quiet, unhurried but finally haunting films have the courage to be. A character study of remarkable subtlety joined to a carefully worked-out plot that fearlessly explores big issues like beauty, truth and mortality, it marks the further emergence of Korean writer-director Lee Chang-dong.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Rejoice provides both a melodic education and a once-in-a-lifetime concert in one soul-stirring package.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Exceptionally well-made and completely fearless in its depiction of the widest range of romantic emotions, this is a film as fiercely committed to passion as its heroine, and that's saying a lot.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Oslo is an example of strong, confident filmmaking in which nothing is miscalculated or out of place. Anchored by a devastating performance by Anders Danielsen Lie, this portrait of existential despair is beautifully made without being self-conscious about its art.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Silver Linings Playbook is rich in life's complications. It will make you laugh, but don't expect it to fit in any snug genre pigeonhole. Dramatic, emotional, even heartbreaking, as well as wickedly funny, it has the gift of going its own way, a complete success from a singular talent.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A documentary potent enough to alter how you see the world.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Romantic but pitiless, fearlessly emotional as well as edgy, Rust and Bone is a powerhouse.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Directed by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz and winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, this is the second superb Israeli documentary (after "The Gatekeepers") to come to town in less than a month and deal fearlessly with an aspect of that country's legal and political system.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A perfect storm of a motion picture, with an icy, immaculate director unexpectedly taking on deeply emotional subject matter.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It's one terrific film, as smart, thoughtful and emotionally involving as just about anything that's out there.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Part science fiction scare movie, part offbeat romance, part completely unclassifiable, "Color" is also one-man filmmaking of a remarkable sort.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    An invigorating powerhouse of a personal documentary, adventurous and absolutely fascinating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Effortless and effervescent, Frances Ha is a small miracle of a movie, honest and funny with an aim that's true.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The film perfectly understands the tentative experimentation and frequent self-loathing of adolescence, the difficulty of knowing whom to trust and how much to trust them, as well as how incendiary an age this can be, with uncertain psyches ready to explode at minimal provocation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Made with assurance and deep emotion, Fruitvale Station is more than a remarkable directing debut for 26-year-old Ryan Coogler. It's an outstanding film by any standard.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It's a mind-bending film, devastating and disorienting, that disturbs us in ways we're not used to being disturbed, raising questions about the nature of documentary, the persistence of evil, and the intertwined ways movies function in our culture and in our minds.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Short Term 12 is a small wonder, a film of exceptional naturalness and empathy that takes material about troubled teenagers and young adults that could have been generic and turns it into something moving and intimate.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Heartbreaking, haunting and unexpectedly heartening, First Cousin Once Removed is an uncommonly moving documentary portrait of a mind in disarray.
    • 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
    The piercingly realistic Captain Phillips will exceed your expectations.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is impressive filmmaking, but it is not easy to take in.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Square bears witness to history in an articulate, thoughtful and intensely dramatic way.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 93 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    [Russell's] dizzying, outlandishly entertaining American Hustle is a 21-first century screwball farce about 20th-century con men, scam artists and those who dream of living large, a film that is big hearted and off the wall in equal measure.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Her
    Acerbic, emotional, provocative, it's a risky high dive off the big board with a plot that sounds like a gimmick but ends up haunting, odd and a bit wonderful.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Powered by Kore-eda's innate restraint and natural empathy, Like Father, Like Son takes these characters to places they never expected to be. It's unnerving for them, of course, but watching so many hearts hanging in the balance is a rare privilege for us.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A ferocious psychological drama with the pace of a thriller, Child's Pose combines, as have the best of the Romanian new-wave films, a compelling personal story about mothers and sons with an examination of socio-political dynamics in a way that is both intense and piercingly real.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The writer-director's familiar style blends with a group of unexpected factors to create a magnificently cockeyed entertainment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Ilo Ilo is writer-director Anthony Chen's first film, but breathtaking intimacy in storytelling is already second nature to him.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Ida
    Spare, haunting, uncompromising, Ida is a film of exceptional artistry whose emotions are as potent and persuasive as its images are indelibly beautiful.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    By focusing on the personal side of the city game, Hoop Dreams tells us more about what works and what doesn't in our society than the proverbial shelf of sociological studies. And it is thoroughly entertaining in the bargain.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    [A] crackerjack thriller, at once brooding, claustrophobic and unbearably tense.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    These stranger-than-fiction tales, piled one on top of the other in the most gripping way, not only mesmerize us, they also point up another of Last Days in Vietnam's provocative points, that the chaos surrounding the evacuation was, in effect, the entire war in microcosm.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Superbly cast from the two at the top to the smallest speaking parts, impeccably directed by Fincher and crafted by his regular team to within an inch of its life, Gone Girl shows the remarkable things that can happen when filmmaker and material are this well matched.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a marvel of Japanese animation, a hand-drawn, painterly epic that submerges us in a world of beauty.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A despairing, intentionally disturbing film that draws us into a maelstrom of desperate emotions, it holds up a dark mirror to the American dream and does not like what it sees.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This enthralling film, based on the book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, is as fascinating as it is horrifying.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Just as Turner's expressive, enthralling work changed the nature of painting, Mr. Turner, anchored in the rock of Timothy Spall's astonishing, Cannes prize-winning performance, pushes hard against the strictures of conventional narrative and ends up pulling us into its world and capturing us completely.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A vibrant crime story filled to overflowing with crackling situations, taut dialogue and a heightened, even operatic sense of reality, A Most Violent Year captures us and doesn't let go.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Beautifully observed, precisely directed and acted with wonderful conviction, it pulls us into the life of its protagonist in a deeply involving way.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Mad Max: Fury Road will leave you speechless, which couldn't be more appropriate. Words are not really the point when it comes to dealing with this barn-burner of a post-apocalyptic extravaganza in which sizzling, unsettling images are the order of the day.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Unapologetically emotional and impeccably made in the classic manner, it tells the kind of potent, many-sided story whose unforeseen complexities can come only courtesy of a life that lived them all.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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