Kenneth Turan

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For 2,296 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 9.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
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Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lowest review score: 0 Stolen Summer
Score distribution:
2296 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The French, no one needs to be told, take food and food preparation with extreme seriousness. "There are no 'all-you-can eat' places in France," one chef sniffs in this excellent Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker documentary. "The idea is to eat small amounts of the best food."
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A bravura act of self-revelation, its vivid portrait of one man's fears, fantasies and neuroses uses a mixture of reality, imagination and comedy to create one of the writer-director's most involving films.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A small but exquisite film, beautifully observed and impeccably executed. Written and directed by So Yong Kim, it shows a different side of an actor we thought we knew and reveals unexpected aspects of a character who turns out to be not as familiar as he seems.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Think of The Adventures of Tintin as a song of innocence and experience, able to combine a sweet sense of childlike wonder and pureness of heart with the most worldly and sophisticated of modern technology. More than anything, it's just a whole lot of fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    De Bont and his team have turned in a visually sophisticated piece of mayhem that makes the implausible plausible and keeps the thrills coming. [10Jun1994 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The powerful things we expect from War Witch are as advertised, but what we don't expect is even better.
    • 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?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It's a rich, emotional story, a wonderfully appealing film made with humor and intelligence, but there is also something almost magical about how it takes the stuff of innumerable previous films -- love, romance and adolescent coming of age -- and turns them into something that feels one of a kind.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    On a par with Bridges' acting, and a sine qua non for Crazy Heart's success, is the excellent music he sings.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The Martian is a film that respects the geekiest among us, and that pays off all around.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A complete master of cinematic farce, Veber's latest venture, The Valet, makes creating deliciously funny comedy look a lot easier than it has any right to.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It’s the rare film that decades later can seem as timely as it was the day it came out. The searing documentary The Murder of Fred Hampton is such a film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Though much of the acting attention in Danish Girl will understandably go to Redmayne, Vikander's position as the audience surrogate plus her energy and passion as Gerda, a woman facing an exceptional challenge to her love of her husband, is more than essential.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Finely made and richly satisfying film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    As lengthy and passionate as a drawn-out kiss, Beloved Sisters is a beautifully made romantic drama set in 18th century Germany that's smart, sensual and emotionally resonant.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    As much a plea to change the system as it is an examination of how music helps individuals, Alive Inside is not the most sophisticated documentary, but its power is indisputable, and it does end on a hopeful note.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    By turns sweetly amusing and surprisingly unnerving, crammed with story, song and computer-generated visual splendors, it's such a model of modern crowd-pleasing entertainment that it brings to mind a celebrated quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald about filmmakers who were "able to keep the whole equation of pictures in their heads."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Blessed with a loose, anarchic B-picture soul that encourages you to enjoy yourself even when you're not quite sure what's going on, the scruffy "Guardians" is irreverent in a way that can bring the first "Star Wars" to mind.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Genteelly erotic, surprisingly emotional, exquisitely made from start to finish.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Nightcrawler is pulp with a purpose. A smart, engaged film powered by an altogether remarkable performance by Jake Gyllenhaal, it is melodrama grounded in a disturbing reality, an extreme scenario that is troubling because it cuts close to the bone.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The combined intensity of these two performances (Jones and Blanchett) obliterates objections and raises the stakes in what might otherwise have been a standard western.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This is a director's film, and Ostlund knows precisely the effects he is after. This filmmaker is in control at each and every moment, and does he ever know what he is doing.
    • 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
    Coogler and company do fine work convincing us against our better judgment that nothing we see is preordained, that anything can happen within the four corners of the ring. You can't ask a "Rocky" film to do more than that.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    There is nothing bravura or overly emotional about Spielberg's direction here, but the impeccable filmmaking is no less impressive for being quiet and to the point.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    See How They Fall"shows an ambitious director well on his way to being the master of his game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Rather than observing this family, we feel we are part of it, and that draws us in as nothing else can.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    In its ability to let us hear firsthand what life-and-death combat does to the human body and spirit, this film has few peers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Best and most unexpected of all, Rachel Getting Married dares to mix the bitter with the sweet. It understands that life-altering situations like weddings not only bring out the worst in human behavior but also the finest.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
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    Nothing is extraneous, no moment that doesn't enhance the tension of this nightmare scenario is allowed to survive, until the proceedings become, in the best possible sense, almost unbearable to watch.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Teaches important lessons in the most casual, joyful way. How it manages to do that is probably the biggest secret of all.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A remarkable film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Loving is an unpretentious film about unassuming real people, but don't let that mislead you. Just as Richard and Mildred Loving ended up overturning the status quo and making American legal history, so this feature on their lives by writer-director Jeff Nichols turns out to be a film of quiet but quite significant strengths.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Performances this strong and direction this sensitive make us simply grateful to have an emotional story we can sink our teeth into and enjoy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A deeply satisfying feat of storytelling, Bless Me, Ultima makes a difficult task look easy. It combines innocence and experience, the darkness and wonder of life, in a way that is not easy to categorize but a rich pleasure to watch.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    With his ability to understand and convey these absurdist scenarios in both adult and preteen terms, writer-director Solondz catches the unlooked-for humor in poignant, hurtful situations.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This buoyant, giddy comedy of catastrophe is the funniest film of the year so far, possibly the most amusing mainstream live-action comedy since "There's Something About Mary."
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The film is never more real than when Jimmy unloads his anger on someone close to him, a frequent occurrence. Eminem is an actor with a rare gift for rage, and movie careers, even big ones, have been built on less.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    At a time when so many in this country are at odds about what represents America at its best, it's refreshing and then some to see a film that everyone can agree is an example of exactly that.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Caesar Must Die shows us in the starkest possible terms the electric power of drama to move and touch not only audiences but the actors who bring so much of themselves to their performances.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The unexpected thing about Dolores, finally, is that if its political story makes it important, its human story makes it involving.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Intelligently written and directed with a pleasing frankness by Bill Condon and well played by Liam Neeson, Laura Linney and a strong supporting cast, the film skillfully uses the forms of old Hollywood to tell a story that would have given heart failure to Harry Cohn and his fellow tycoons.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Irresistible, hugely satisfying feminist fairy tale.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Sicko is likely Moore's most important, most impressive, most provocative film, and it's different from his others in significant ways.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Crisp as the creases in its naval officers' uniforms, this tale of seething conflicts aboard an American submarine on the eve of nuclear war is strictly by-the-numbers, but hardly ever are traditional elements executed with such panache.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The disturbing, involving, always-complex story of British mathematician Alan Turing is a tale crafted to resonate for our time, and the smartly entertaining The Imitation Game gives it the kind of crackerjack cinematic presentation that's pure pleasure to experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Working with excellent site-specific music and this trio of exemplary -- and exceptionally well-cast -- actresses, director Bertuccelli does a superb job of touching just the right emotional notes in recounting the consequences of deception and the importance of family.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It's a chilling, completely fascinating documentary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Well-directed with exceptional access by veteran documentarian Doug Pray, whose previous films include "Hype!," "Scratch" and "Art & Copy," Levitated Mass in essence intercuts three stories, each of which is more unexpected than one might imagine.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Filmmaker Leon has deftly structured Gimme the Loot as a picaresque tale, an anecdotal, observational film that introduces us to all manner of eccentric and original characters. Will Malcolm and Sophia get what they want, what they need, or something in between? The only sure thing is that being along for the ride is pleasure of the most unexpected sort.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Simultaneously an art film and a crime film, Mann's latest work may not give you a ton to hang on to emotionally, but the beauty and skill of the filmmaking keep you tightly in its grasp.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A wild at heart, anarchic comedy that believes in living dangerously.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A beautifully made, unapologetically artistic piece of work.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Buster Keaton isn't dead, he's alive and well in Finland, where under a new identity he pursues his own particular brand of deadpan absurdism to wonderful effect. If the name Aki Kaurismäki doesn't mean anything to you, it should, and Le Havre may be the film to make it happen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Such a smart and savvy piece of work it encourages us to feel we're eavesdropping on history.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    One of the strengths of Killer of Sheep, one of the reasons it has not dated, is that the naturalness and simplicity with which it unfolds give it the texture of a story told from the inside.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Brougher has taken material that sounds contrived and potentially exploitative and used her gift for careful observation and restrained emotionality to give it surprising authenticity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A spirited and amusing comedy that posits the engaging notion that the stars of TV soap operas have lives as screwed up and crazy as the characters they play, if not more so.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Exuberant and insidiously funny satire.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Deeply fascinating, unexpectedly potent documentary.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A remarkable and remarkably compelling document.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Two teen girls forge an explosive connection in a compelling Pawel Pawlikowski film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This haunting phantasmagoria of a film -- comic, singular, surreal -- is not only something no one but the Canadian director could have made, it's also a film no one else would have even wanted to make. Which is the heart of its appeal.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A fearless and ambitious piece of work, made with equal parts passion and calculation, an unapologetically entertaining major studio release with compelling real-world relevance, a film that takes numerous risks and thrives on them all.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It earns its considerable impact by telling an unnerving story and leaving it, in ways both daring and effective, fundamentally unresolved.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    James Mangold directs it with such energy and passion that it's as if he didn't know it's all been done before.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It turns out to be an especially warm comedy with a hidden heart. It's a film whose humor has feeling behind it because writer-director Peter Hedges doesn't let his comedy overpower an understanding of how emotionally weighted family situations are always going to be.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    In a commanding performance that is as compelling as it is unexpected, Mirren has turned The Queen into something you never imagined it could be: a crackling dramatic story that's intelligent, thoughtful and moving.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Energized to a thrilling extent by a myriad of Afrocentric influences, Black Panther showcases a vivid inventiveness that underscores the obvious point that we want all cultures and colors represented on screen because that makes for a richness of cinematic experience that everyone enjoys being exposed to.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The most accurate assault against the media age since "Network," To Die For's killer lines and wicked sensibility are given added poignancy by the off-center, sensitive performance of Joaquin Phoenix, River's younger brother, the only person more deluded about Suzanne than she is about herself.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    One of the most fascinating things about Under the Sun is the contradictory thoughts it inspires.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It's heartbreaking stuff, and Newtown handles it all with a gentle grace.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    "Stefan Zweig" is only Schrader's second film as a director, but, armed with clear ideas of what she wanted to convey and how she wanted to convey it, she's made a movie that allows its actors to fully inhabit their characters in a potent but low-key way.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It leaves you stirred and uplifted not only by its music but also by the determination and courage of the people who sang and danced it on the way to a freer life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Though it takes its time, Wonderstruck — like the best tales of wonder — resolves all its mysteries as the plot's disparate strands come together in a lovely way.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki is a lovely piece of work, a sweet, warmly observed tale overlaid with just the right amount of Scandinavian melancholy, a combination that perfectly suits its quietly engaging protagonist.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A substantial film of unexpected emotional force. And when at a certain point it seems to slip the bonds of this world and take a leap of faith into an almost mythological dimension, it breathlessly takes us along for that memorable ride.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    What results is a thoughtful, analytical yet still emotional film, meticulously investigated and absolutely compelling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The Guardians is an intimate French epic, elegantly made and quietly emotional, a family story filled with characters whose lives we sink into, feeling the hope, the sadness, the sorrow and the joy right along with those on the screen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    If the key to price in real estate is "location, location, location," the key to success in vérité-style documentaries is "access, access, access." Which is what Cartel Land has in compelling amounts.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A fascinating film that is as thorough as it is idiosyncratic.

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