Kenneth Turan

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For 2,103 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
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
Lowest review score: 0 Being Human
Score distribution:
2103 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Steve Jobs is a smart, hugely entertaining film that all but bristles with crackling creative energy. What it is not is a standard biopic.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A godsend for audiences who hunger for rich emotion presented with wit, grace and not a trace of sentimentality, Brooklyn illustrates the power of restraint in dealing with poignant, impassioned material.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Haynes understands that swooningly beautiful traditional technique bolstered by thrilling performances creates the greatest impact. He has made a serious melodrama about the geometry of desire, a dreamy example of heightened reality that fully engages emotions despite the exact calculations with which it's been made.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Insidious and provocative, Safe refuses to lend a hand, avoids taking sides or pointing the way. Everything that happens in this beautifully controlled enigma is open to multiple interpretations, and that extends finally to the title's meaning as well.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Youth is a film that goes its own way. Quixotic, idiosyncratic, effortlessly moving, it's as much a cinematic essay as anything else, a meditation on the wonders and complications of life, an examination of what lasts, of what matters to people no matter their age.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Son of Saul is an immersive experience of the most disturbing kind, an unwavering vision of a particular kind of hell. No matter how many Holocaust films you've seen, you've not seen one like this.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    45 Years is a quietly explosive film, a potent drama with a nuanced feel for subtlety and emotional complications.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A War is a film done exactly right about a situation gone horribly wrong.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    A gripping psychological drama based on events more than half a century old, it has inescapable contemporary echoes. Laced with intensely emotional situations, it refuses to force the issue by pushing too hard. And it proves, yet again, that though moral and spiritual questions may not sound spellbinding they often provide the most absorbing movie experiences.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    These despairing, ambiguous pieces are always emotionally unsettling, and that is due in part to Kieslowski's complete assurance as a director. His spare, minimal visual preferences dominate each episode. The camera work is fluid and precise, and the films are so rich they seem to be feature-length though they're not.
    • 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.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Moonlight is magic. So intimate you feel like you're trespassing on its characters souls, so transcendent it's made visual and emotional poetry out of intensely painful experience, it's a film that manages to be both achingly familiar and unlike anything we've seen before.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Arrival is really Adams' film, a showcase for her ability to quietly and effectively meld intelligence, empathy and reserve.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Powerful, emotional filmmaking that leaves a scar, Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester By the Sea is heartbreaking yet somehow heartening, a film that just wallops you with its honesty, its authenticity and its access to despair.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Red Turtle is a visually stunning poetic fable, but there’s more on its mind than simply beauty.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Wised-up as well as traditional, with a striking and detailed look and a strong storyline, it is sure to charm a wide audience both now and for a long time to come.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Larraín told his producers he wouldn't do Jackie unless Natalie Portman agreed to take on the role, and her superb performance, utterly convincing without being anything like an impersonation, vindicates his determination.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    What makes I Am Not Your Negro a mesmerizing cinematic experience, smart, thoughtful and disturbing, goes well beyond words.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This modest film has virtues that come out of nowhere. It takes familiar material and develops it with such tact and skill that we find ourselves moved and sort of amazed at the same time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Disco's exceptional acting ensemble is especially successful at capturing the brittle rituals of this specific group of genteel, well-spoken young people on the cusp of adulthood.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Irresistible, hugely satisfying feminist fairy tale.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Like the best of personal, independent cinema -- it is both marvelously observed and completely individual. There is no film like this film, and that is something you don't hear every day.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Intelligent, poignant film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A remarkably thoughtful drama, Lantana makes it clear not only how hard to come by any emotional comfort is in this life, but more important, why we can't give up on the struggle.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The result is a kind of ultimate romantic film, joining an almost Jamesian sadness and discipline to that extraordinary visual sensibility. It's not the kind of thing you see every day.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    All of this romantic back and forth unfolds gradually and in charming ensemble style. As the characters think about seducing each other, as they inevitably complicate their lives without being able to help themselves, the film is simultaneously seducing us.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This is the best class of poetic realism, the kind you can believe in without a trace of hesitation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    In a sea of one-note symphonies, this touching feature is bleak and comic, heartbreaking and affirmative, romantic and tragic, gimlet-eyed and sympathetic, all at the same time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A wonder several times over.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    There is a sophistication about affairs of the heart, about the wisdom and the risks of romantic involvement that is more than quintessentially French. It's irresistible as well.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A small gem.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Wonderfully humanistic film. Yi Yi investigates the entire melody of life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Being able to hear this kind of playing is a special moment in time, one we don't want to end and one that we're privileged to experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    For fans of this kind of roots music, it was an event you would have given anything to attend. Down From the Mountain lets you do that and gives you terrific seats in the bargain.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Because Bay of Angels reveals rather than moralizes, because its concerns are character and psychology, it's a potent showcase for Moreau's gifts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A mature, accomplished piece of work, both funny and deeply felt, personal cinema of the best kind...Levinson has made the memory film we always hoped he would.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Besides Montand's splendid performance, The Wide Blue Road's other treat is seeing a film that's both old-fashioned enough to believe that social concerns can lead to satisfying drama and well-made enough to deliver on that belief. A film infused with that kind of passion never goes out of style.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A warm and feisty documentary that is as much inquiry as it is tribute.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Has everything a period romance should have, including a score by Michael Nyman and passionate performances by stars Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Carefully made, involving and old-fashioned, the superior work it's inspired gives it an impact that lingers even when the endgame is over.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    An elegant study of devious mind games and emotional perversion, it makes the strangest of psychological dynamics plausible and involving.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    An extraordinarily intimate, deeply affecting and revelatory documentary on how pain and passion can come together in a creative artist.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Not only is the film that good, it's also that wonderfully, inescapably Czech.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Droll and delicious.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Such a smart and savvy piece of work it encourages us to feel we're eavesdropping on history.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Ulee's Gold stands out for its sureness, its quiet emotional force and writer-director Victor Nunez's ability to find and nurture the mystery and power in the events of an ordinary life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A handsomely mounted, graceful production that is well-played across the board.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Truly, there can be nothing as complex as the simplest human relationships, and nothing as satisfying as a film that understands that as this one does.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Restrained yet powerful, devastating in its emotional effects.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Gathering its forces slowly, this careful, thoughtful film, quietly but deeply moving, is dramatic without seeming to be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A wild at heart, anarchic comedy that believes in living dangerously.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A wholly unexpected film, as heady and surprising in its humor as in its emotional texture.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    While other films struggle for their effects, Brothers simply lives and breathes, thoroughly likable from beginning to end.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Intimate and human yet deeply ambitious, a powerhouse of a film made with a disturbing vision.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Branagh has mastered the tricky high-wire act of simultaneously kidding the conventions he is being absolutely faithful to, allowing us to squeal with both fright and knowing laughter. His is a film lover's film [23 Aug 1991, Calendar, p.F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Egoyan understands how potent a deliberate pace can be, how effective it is in making already powerful material strong enough to tear at your heart.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Though the politically incorrect language is tough enough to have earned Clerks an initial NC-17 rating (re-rated R on appeal), its exuberance gives it an alive and kicking feeling that is welcome and rare. [19 Oct 1994]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    We may have seen it all before, but when it's done up like this, experiencing it all over again is a pleasure. [16 June 1999, Calendar, p.F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Not just an especially subtle and thoughtful psychological drama, it's a provocative, even an unnerving one as well.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Made under unique and wrenching circumstances, it gained poignancy and a kind of purity from its troubles, and an already affecting film ended up suffused with emotion.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    An exquisite performance by Charlotte Rampling, whose work as Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya, the matriarch of the great estate the cherry orchard sits on, is the film's dazzling centerpiece.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Graced with performers who bring a purity of emotion to their work, the film is always dramatically convincing. There is a fundamental air of truth about it, a sense that, horrific though things seem, this is how it must have been.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It takes exceptional acting to enable a story like this to take hold, and Campion has gotten it here. [19 Nov 1993]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A wholly enveloping experience. Gentle, ravishingly beautiful and awash in everyday sensuality, it so intoxicates you with the elegance and refinement of its filmmaking that even noticing, let alone caring, whether it has a plot starts to seem beside the point.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Charming, disarming and in some ways humbling film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It's a classic rags-to-riches-to-rage tale about the fatal nexus of celebrity and market forces, a story that is unexpectedly poignant even though it's told to an insistent punk rock beat.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Lumumba is potent stuff. Complex, powerful, intensely dramatic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Records an accident while it's happening, revealing a situation that makes you laugh again and again while weeping, metaphorically at least, for the sheer frustration of it all.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A provocative political thriller that is as troubling today as when it came out in 1970. Maybe more so.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The creators of the magnificent Balseros stayed involved with its subject, a group of Cuban boat people who made it to the United States, for a full seven years. If you put in that kind of time, you witness life happening in front of you in all its compelling, confounding drama. What could be better than that?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Provocative and engrossing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Aside from superb ensemble work from an 18-member cast, "Together's sense of human potential is its greatest pleasure.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A dead-on tale of corporate power, courage, cowardice and how we live.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Never loses its priceless stamp of individuality. Reduced to its essence, this is a joke told by a person, not a corporation--and that makes all the difference.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This masterful celebration starts off slowly, even uncertainly, giving no hint of the rich and elegant exploration of love, jealousy and animal attraction it will in all good time become.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    You could say a lot about the very satisfying The Man Who Wasn't There, but what's for sure is that no one but the deadpan, dead-on Coen brothers could have turned it out.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    In As Good as It Gets, his (Brooks) mastery of the nuances of language and emotion has turned the most unlikely material into the best and funniest romantic comedy of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Both a step back and a step forward from the trends of modern animation, it feels like a classic even though it's just out of the box.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It takes two to be sisters, two to have a rivalry, and two exceptional actresses to turn Hilary and Jackie into a compelling look at the most intimate and troubling of family dynamics.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Brooding, beautifully made and almost impossible for Americans to see -- Quai des Orfèvres, makes a triumphant reappearance on theatrical screens after an absence of about 50 years.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The wonderful thing about Band of Outsiders is that the daring elements that jazzed audiences then have the same power to intoxicate all these years later.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A delicious and delicately funny look at the residents of a Copenhagen neighborhood coping with the befuddling complications life tosses at them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Off-and-on cynical and sentimental, Russell's darkly comic tale shows how much can be done with familiar material when you're burning to do things differently and have the gifts to pull that off.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A riveting encounter with the woman who was Hitler's secretary...In a daring and successful stylistic choice, directors Heller and Schmiderer include almost nothing in the film but Junge.

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