Kenneth Turan
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For 1,904 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

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Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Beat That My Heart Skipped
Lowest review score: 0 Stolen Summer
Score distribution:
1,904 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    "Antarctica" is successful because it operates on two complementary levels, the epic visuals whose grandeur can stagger you and the small-scale personal stories of the people who live and work down there.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Scott and company have gotten so accomplished at re-creating history that the results have a welcome offhanded quality, making them spectacular without seeming to be showing off.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Zaillian (an Oscar winner for his "Schindler's List" screenplay) has given us an intricate, subtly rewarding narrative whose uncompromising nature and undeniable moral seriousness make it far from business as usual, even in the ever-decreasing world of quality Hollywood filmmaking.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a complex and involving documentary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    No definitive answers are possible to the questions The Flat raises, which makes them all the more provocative.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Meanders, dawdles, doubles back on itself but finally gets us somewhere fascinating and worthwhile.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Drunk and disorderly on the pure joy of making movies. A frantic, flawed, fascinating film that is both impressive and a bit out of control, often at the same time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Tainted or not, Hughes' life was a remarkable one, and, flawed or not, Scorsese's film version deserves the same accolade.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Confident of its emotional effects, Swingers knows how to breathe life into its people, and hooking audiences is its reward.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This comprehensive and charming film not only recalls those days exactly, it also manages the wonderful trick of taking us back there along with it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Reich and documentary director Jacob Kornbluth turn out to be the ideal collaborators to tell the story of what that gap is, why it happened and why it's important, all in a totally engaging way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Both sweet-natured and sharply pointed, a film whose poignant, emotional effects and subtle acting sneak up on you.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An impeccably made bleak comedy with an exactly calibrated, almost musical sense of timing, Nói is singular enough to have swept the Eddas, the Icelandic Academy Awards.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This beguiling Belgian fable, very much its own droll and delicate little film, has some touching things to say about what is important in life and why.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Promises takes a simple idea and just about breaks your heart with it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A sports film to remember.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    You may never have expected to see the words heavy metal, endearing and warmhearted in the same sentence, but you just did.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's that rare film that captures and conveys the romance of the theatrical experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It is the gift of Terror's Advocate, Barbet Schroeder's riveting new documentary, to simply present Vergès as is, to say "here is the man" and let things speak for themselves. Do they ever.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Stella may be frothy and paper-thin, but it's also another great success for star Angela Bassett, who transforms the film into an infomercial for her considerable abilities.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Looser and less obviously formulaic in its fresh approach to our hearts, the brash Lilo & Stitch has an unleashed, subversive sense of humor that's less corporate and more uninhibited than any non-Pixar Disney film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Afternoon of a Faun offers privileged glimpses of Le Clercq's life.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A fearless movie about a fearful subject, an unusually empathetic and quite funny film that deals with death and dying in the most offbeat and casually life-affirming way. Exceptionally smart, playful and perceptive, Look Both Ways confronts things that people would rather avoid.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Stands out among creative bio-pics for an ability to show art being made in a way that's as realistic and exciting as it's ever been on screen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    If you believe that bringing the questionable virtues of "American Idol" to Afghanistan would do that beleaguered nation no favors, the remarkable documentary Afghan Star will change your mind in an instant.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    As the perfectionist creator of bravura set pieces, Cameron is still the leader of the pack. [14 Jul 1994 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Directors Goldfine and Geller tell their story with such engaged confidence that we are swept along to its wild end.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Sometimes a film about nothing can be a film about everything; a film without overwhelmingly dramatic events can delight you more than an outsized epic. The sly and disarming Duck Season is such a film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The mellow, serendipitous The Parrots of Telegraph Hill is here to show you just how magical happenstance can be.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An amusing tale of larceny triumphant, Bandits is an entertainment with a rogue's imagination.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This is not a typical Iranian production. Simultaneously deeply allegorical and concretely physical, this striking film is not a typical production, period.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Frequently excessive but never dull, The Departed is a little too much of a lot of the things that define Martin Scorsese films but it's also almost impossible to resist. Too operatic at times, too in love with violence and macho posturing at others, it's a potboiler dressed up in upscale designer clothes, but oh how that pot does boil.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    As Bhutto, the thorough and involving documentary on her life conveys, Benazir was a formidable personality all by herself.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Jindabyne's strength and power come from a number of factors: its origin, its current landscape and the unusual way its writer-director, Ray Lawrence, has chosen to work.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Because it's a Coen brothers film before it's anything else, this is about as dark and nihilistic as comedies are allowed to get before the laughter dies bitterly on your lips.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Unexpectedly involving documentary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What is finally most compelling about this film is the sense it gives of how passionately the citizens of Ghana believe in democracy, how much it means to them.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A moving, troubling documentary. Moving because of the nature of the problem it explores, troubling because the film can't help but underline that simple solutions are never going to present themselves, no matter how much we want them to.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Julia Jentsch strong and graceful, quiet knockout of a performance is the film's most potent weapon.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Has a warmth and sweetness that is especially hard to resist.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What is interesting is not how little sense Déjà Vu makes but how little that matters. If you want your films to add up logically, you're welcome to take your calculator somewhere else. But if you do, you will be missing out on some first-class genre fun.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to the rush of raw excitement "Twister" creates is that it makes it possible to ignore the painful awkwardness of the film's expository sequences and thudding dialogue of the "OK, boss lady, hold your horses" variety.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Full of stunning views of China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan and showing an unexpected side of Genghis Kahn, Mongol feels like an old-fashioned epic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This is a mostly genial film that gets as much mileage as it can out of the undeniable charisma of its stars.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    One True Thing demonstrates that the power of simple things, the transcendent nature of the ordinary, can make for riveting filmmaking.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Its instinctive, unstoppable cheerfulness can be, as all those millions of viewers have found, something of a tonic if you're in the mood.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    But if the film flirts with being sentimental, it never completely gives in: The inherent strength of the material as well as the integrity of the filmmakers gives this coming-of-age story restraint as well as warmth.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A type of American independent we don't see often enough.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    One of the dark pleasures of "Margot" is watching Kidman and Leigh inhabit these two roles with a fierce passion.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A transcendent, transporting experience, a trance movie that casts a major league spell by going deeply into a monastic world that lives largely without words.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A knockout of a sports documentary. Destined against its will to be known as "the LeBron James movie," it is all that, and a good deal more.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Selena is in part a completely predictable Latino soap opera that should satisfy those who complain they aren't making movies like they like used to.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Has enough virtues to make it successful, including an unusual story and some fine acting, especially by the powerful Janet McTeer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A superior filmed biography that brings intelligence, restraint and style to what could have been a more standard treatment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The jokes are quick, with clever jibes alternating with double-crosses and the occasional murder, and the streamlined plot unrolls like a colorful ball of twine.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It would be Pollyannaish to pretend that the documentary Earth is without its problems, but the bottom line is, difficulties be damned, it shouldn't be missed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Smartly plotted by newcomer Russell Gewirtz and smoothly directed by, of all people, Spike Lee, Inside Man is a deft and satisfying entertainment, an elegant, expertly acted puzzler that is just off-base and out-of-the-ordinary enough to keep us consistently involved.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    One of the five most popular films of the year in France, "Wolf" is a cross-cultural hoot that no one should take too seriously.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    For what makes this tale something more than a puzzle to be solved is a level of emotional impact that genre exercises don't often provide, emotion traceable to sensitive acting that is similarly rare.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Pure pleasure to experience. Written and directed by Tom McCarthy with an impeccable feel for off-center human comedy at its funniest and most heartfelt, its low-key qualities are so relaxed and unforced every moment feels like a gift.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A top-drawer heist movie that ratchets up the tension inch by careful inch, The Score will remind you of classic caper films of the past, and that is a good thing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It is the achievement of Gerhard Richter Painting to shine a light on that hidden, private act as few other films have done.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Intellectually, we know we should applaud the marvels United 93 has accomplished, and we do. But it is a film envisioned as a monument, a memorial tribute, and in our hearts we want something more. United 93 should have been made now, when memories and passions are still fresh, but it may play better in the future. If we have one.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Even surrounded by all this quality work, Ralph Fiennes, who plays William Cavendish, the fifth duke of Devonshire, the most powerful man in England next to the king, walks off with the picture.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Small scale though it is, this is a film that knows what it wants to do and has thought out exactly how to go about doing it. The same must be said about the luminous nature of Kazan's performance, which won best actress last year at the Tribeca Film Festival.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The key reason "Jimi" doesn't need the signature music is the extraordinary performance of actor-musician André Benjamin.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Despite being a pure fantasy that relishes not making literal sense, Millions retains a conviction about what it's doing that makes us believe and enjoy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Because the stories are so specific, and because they play out over such a long period of time, it is hard not to be fascinated by this intimate look at how particular families deal with the great parental challenge of shepherding their children through the all-important educational experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    In its best moments, Face/Off practically mainlines fury, leaving audiences no time to think or even breathe.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A striking new documentary that shows the war in a way it's not been seen before: from the ground up.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    If you feel like you've already read quite a bit about the documentary Bully, you have. But that still won't prepare you for the experience of seeing it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Whedon is the key reason why this $220-million behemoth of a movie is smartly thought out and executed with verve and precision. It may be overly long at two hours, 23 minutes, but so much is going on you might not even notice.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    More concerned, and with good reason, with the opera's extravagant visual look. The gorgeous pageantry of sets and costumes is frankly dazzling.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The most compelling aspect of The Green Wave, however, is the extensive footage shot clandestinely by amateurs using cellphones. What they recorded shows us the reality of what went down in a way nothing else can match.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A writer's thriller. True, it's cleanly and efficiently directed, and it showcases some crackerjack acting, but the reason it's a real pleasure to watch is that a writer's sensibility is the foundation everything is built on.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Starts gently, with amusing drollness, then gets more serious, even provocative, without sacrificing its light touch. This is very much a film with something on its mind.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Benefits from delicious acting from co-stars Geoffrey Rush and Pierce Brosnan, a mordant script co-written by le Carre (along with Boorman and Andrew Davies), and the distinctive touch of its director.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Physical beauty and fearless adventure, silly comedy and sensitive emotions, filmmaker Hiroyuki Okiura brings a facility for all of them to the table.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    With Midnight in Paris, Allen has lightened up, allowed himself a treat and in the process created a gift for us and him.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Dallaire is not only the protagonist of Shake Hands, he is a compelling reason to see it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Wings of the Dove is richly appointed and beautifully mounted, with lush location shooting in Venice given the place of honor.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The gift of The King's Speech is that it allows us to look on as a pair of masterful actors re-create a monumental test of wills.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    You might expect its beauty but not its intelligence, its ability to reflect the texture of some extraordinary lives.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The whole thing is as satisfying as a meal at a slow food restaurant, and when Gianni's mother gratefully tells her son, "you mellow these hours," we wholeheartedly agree.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A moderately diverting entertainment as sleek and aerodynamically sound as the glider its characters tool around in, it takes no extraordinary chances and delivers no major surprises.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Dan offers the most pleasing kind of unforced charm as it uses a terrific plot device to examine the conflicts between family and romance as well as the joy and pain of being in love.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    One of the main treats of Art & Copy is that it allows us to revisit those classic ads, all of which are just as exciting now as they were when they first ran.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The Corporation takes great and successful pains to be as visually diverse and clever as it is intellectually provocative.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It may sound commonplace, but in the hands of master filmmaker Mike Leigh, the everyday becomes extraordinary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Measured and beautifully modulated, the 82-year-old director has the kind of sureness and fluidity that is easy to underestimate. But it's difficult not to be impressed by the results.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The result is an unexpectedly satisfying fantasia of reality and imagination, a meditation on the nature of lies and deception, on how we come to embrace not the truth but what it suits us to believe.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A powerful and effective piece of advocacy filmmaking, but it's difficult to watch it without thinking of subtitles like "The Place Where Evil Dwells" or "The Little Town With the Really Big Secret." Which is no accident.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An absolutely first-rate documentary.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    With her unblinking but nonjudgmental eye, Spheeris doesn't shy away from the horrifying, at times violent messes these kids make of their lives, but she is always sensitive to the pain behind everything, to the unhappy futility of squandered potential.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An expertly paced and efficient sci-fi thrill machine, "T3" effectively marries impressive action sequences with persuasive storytelling and its star's uniquely appealing style of "No" drama -- as in no reaction, no expression, no emotion of any kind.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Smart, lively and altogether warmhearted dramatic comedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A powerful and empathetic melodrama with feminist underpinnings.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Because Into the Arms of Strangers is as much a story about childhood as it is about the Holocaust, it's an especially moving and effective piece of work.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    By the time this lightly entertaining look at life's emotional crises ends, even the characters you didn't think were sympathetic will have won you over.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This examination of the whys and wherefores of indie rock star Nick Cave is an unusual and nonformulaic cinematic enterprise and an adventurous film by any standard.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What the intelligently spooky Birth does best is disturb us.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A clever piece of business that is a complete pleasure to experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Odd, offbeat, somehow endearing, the bleakly comic Frank has its own kind of charm as well as some pointed, poignant things to say about the mysterious nature of creativity, where it comes from and where it might all go.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    At its heart Lore qualifies as a coming-of-age story, but it is far from the ones we usually see.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though it is small in scale and lasts only 78 minutes, New York Doll, like any documentary, goes places we expect it to and places we do not. As journeys go, this is one to treasure.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This turns out to be an informative, involving, even sobering advocacy film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Turns out to be a thoroughly entertaining if eccentric piece of business, wacky and amusing in a cheerfully preposterous way. [28 September 1994, Calendar, p.F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's a wonderful documentary look at an astonishingly successful public-school chess program that manages to be more moving and heartening than you expect. Which is saying a lot.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Enchanted is as good as its name.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A fascinating hybrid of a film. Even though its purpose couldn't be more serious, its style could hardly be more pulp.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A powerful documentary that uncovers half-forgotten history, history that is still relevant but not in ways you might be expecting.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A startling reminder of exactly how spectacular a director Spielberg can be when he allows himself to be challenged by a subject (in this case World War II) that pushes against his limits.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's clear that an exceptional body of work is coming out of this country at this particular time and place. It's not necessary to categorize these films to enjoy them, it's just necessary to go.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A thoughtful look backward, a summing up that attempts to understand what is ephemeral and what truly lasts, what it is that matters in the final analysis.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This gently amusing, genuinely sweet animated film makes you smile from start to finish?
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Daring and edgy, it's a German co-production (critical for avoiding censorship) that's filled with the intoxicating excitement of creating images for the screen.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Oblivion has the ability to haunt you visually and, with an unanticipated love story, even emotionally.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The result is an eccentric, amusing fable that moves at an unhurried island pace, a picturesque tale that Merchant seems to have invested with an almost personal sense of spirit.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Clockers, Lee's eighth feature in nine years, demonstrates how accomplished a filmmaker he has become, securely in control of plot, actors and imagery.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A champagne bubble of a movie, lively, effervescent and diverting. If it bursts earlier than we'd like -- and it does -- that takes nothing away from the considerable pleasure it provides along the way.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Complex, unexpected and dazzling, alternating relentless tension with resonant emotional moments, this is an exemplary espionage thriller that has a strong sense of what it wants to accomplish and how best to get there.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This is a difficult film to pigeonhole, an indefinable mixture of genres and attitudes that is by turns off-the-wall and serious, comic and sad.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Best known for 1994's "The Wild Reeds," Techine has been a director for more than 30 years, and the fluidity of his polished, intelligent, at times enigmatic works make him someone whose films are always worth watching.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Life Itself may sound like it's a film that would only be of interest to those who knew Ebert personally or to fellow film critics, but the opposite is true.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Woo has turned out a slick piece of business, filled with explosions and assorted acts of violence brought off with considerable movie-making skill.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It may not sound like it, but In Heaven, Underground: The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery is a playful, poetic and all-around charming documentary, an off-center look at an unusual institution.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An art film to the core. If it's an epic, it's an intimate, dream-time epic, an elliptical, episodic film, dependent on images and reveries, that treats war as the ultimate nightmare, the one you just cannot awaken from no matter how hard you try.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The sharpest inside Hollywood comedy in quite a while.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An example of how expert action filmmaking and up-to-the-minute visual effects can transcend a workmanlike script and bring excitement to conventional genre material.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A tight courtroom melodrama that serves up twist after twist like so many baffling knuckle balls, this film handles its suspenseful material with skill and style.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Unusual in both its subject matter and its approach, this film guides us on a pair of intertwined paths American movies rarely venture down.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Only the tigers, beautiful and dangerous, maintain their integrity. By staying true to themselves, they make nothing else matter.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A sly and gleeful comedy showcase that pokes clever fun at the American musical, amateur theatricals and anything else that's not nailed down.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Cogent, convincing, determinedly non-ideological, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare tells us that everything we think we know about that incendiary topic might be wrong. And it offers us a way out of the morass.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Charming and outlandish by turns, this misfit love story of disconnected people trying to find one another in an antagonistic world is a comedy of discomfort and rage that turns unexpectedly sweet and pure.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The best break of all is that Pixar's traditionally untethered imagination can't be kept under wraps forever, and "Nemo" erupts with sea creatures that showcase Stanton and company's gift for character and peerless eye for skewering contemporary culture.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though it is a work of fiction, we have the sense every minute that we are watching something real, something with the unmistakable taste of life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The result is a surprisingly satisfying film, true to Bukowski and itself, a work that manages to make the man and his profane world more palatable without compromising on who he was and what he stood for.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This is a moving and provocative film that initially unsettles, then disturbs and finally haunts you well into the night.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A deeply involving look at people living permanently on the knife-edge of danger, Flame & Citron does more than radically rethink the World War II resistance drama. Its biggest accomplishment may be to make these historical conflicts and dilemmas seem surprisingly contemporary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Beautiful and melodic as well as pointedly political.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Petraglia and Rulli once again display their gift for bringing the texture of reality to family drama, for creating people and situations that involve us completely. My Brother Is an Only Child is not the only film that does this, but it's a product that's in shorter and shorter supply every year.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A powerful, poignant, provocative drama, it gets its strength from its dispassion, from an uncompromising determination to explain rather than justify or condemn, to put a human face on incomprehensible acts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Edgy and provocative but with a weakness for sensationalistic footage.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A sly and captivating comedy of imaginative leaps and gently orchestrated pandemonium.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though its unhurried pace and ultimately sweet nature give Mad Dog and Glory the feeling more of a diversion than a major work, those who get into its eccentric comic rhythms will definitely be charmed. [5 Mar 1993, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    "Molière" is a polished, character-driven entertainment enlivened by flashes of droll humor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Comes close, achingly close, to greatness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Aviva Kempner's warm and intelligent mash note to a man who clearly deserved it.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Takes a clever premise and Black's unflagging manic energy and comes up with a pleasing mainstream comedy that uses new people and attitudes to entertain in old-fashioned ways.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Both an irresistible human story and as fine a documentary on football as "Hoop Dreams" was on basketball.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Its easygoing and engaging quality masks how rare an accomplishment it is to create something achingly true as well as amusing, as wise about people as it is about the craft of film.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    But a great sense of pace is a wonderful thing, and director Jackson and his crew (who made good use of hand-held and Steadicam shots and reportedly averaged an impressive 30 to 40 camera setups a day) move so quickly from shot to shot and location to location that viewers have a limited time to dwell on the film's predictable implausibilities.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Like all memorable sports documentaries - Undefeated is really an examination not of how games are won and lost but how lives are lived, how young people faced with daunting challenges come to see, often in the most dramatic fashion, what is important going forward and what is not.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Cheerful, cheeky entertainment, a clever confection.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A smart and suspenseful legal thriller that comes completely alive on-screen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Greg Mottola has taken that most overdone of contemporary genres, the coming-of-age story, and made it engaging, bittersweet and even fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A strongly acted, character-driven melodrama, concerned with the dynamics of family in general and father-son issues in particular, it presents situations so emotionally supercharged that the whole story could have come straight out of Balzac.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A surprisingly vast and involving topic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A series of subtly interlocking character studies.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    While excellent films like Danis Tanovic's Oscar-winning "No Man's Land" and Vinko Bresan's "Witnesses" have dealt with the war itself, few have dealt with the aftermath, and none with the aching power and empathy of Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Frustrating yet deeply watchable melodrama that makes you think it's a tougher picture than it is.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The film's core, anchored by a fine ensemble cast and a controlled, focused performance by Bacon, is completely solid.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    There are so many colors to McKellen's performance, so many diverse emotions fleetingly play on his face, that resisting his art is out of the question. Better work by an actor will not be seen this year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    After the Wedding would never pretend to have any answers, but in hands this skilled the act of exploration itself couldn't be more illuminating, or more dramatic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    In other hands, these clashes of good and evil might have seemed ordinary, but Eastwood makes Changeling a hard story to shake off. To see this film is to understand both how fragile and how essential our hopes for decency and truth are in a world that must be made to care about either one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Once Oceans' exhilarating visuals get going, it's easy to ignore the words. This really is a film that manages to show us things we've never seen and make what we have already seen look different and new.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's a complex, determined look at one of the most pernicious problems facing organized sports on all levels.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    For while the idea of comparing the Europe of 60 years ago to the Europe of today sounds didactic, the results are anything but. Ferrario turns out to have a delicate, unforced eye for elegant counterpoints, and his style unobtrusively draws you into the journey.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What makes this film especially engrossing is that what happened between that chimp and the humans with whom he spent his life in intimate contact turns out to be only half the story that Marsh, who directed the electrifying "Man on Wire," has to tell.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Satiric, surreal, unexpected and at times wildly funny, Zero Motivation is a savage black comedy that eviscerates an unexpected target: the Israeli army.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The 1959 film's style is dated, but it is visually glorious and tells a fascinating story.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    While X-Men doesn't take your breath away wire-to-wire the way "The Matrix" did, it's an accomplished piece of work with considerable pulp watchability to it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Salles has lovingly crafted a poetic, sensitive, achingly romantic version of the Kerouac book that captures the evanescence of its characters' existence and the purity of their rebellious hunger for the essence of life.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Even if Girl With a Pearl Earring is not nearly as remarkable dramatically as it is visually, it is, finally, a film of great beauty, and that is something worth appreciating.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    These kinds of merciless conditions lead to a culture that is stoic about life and death and a story that will surprise you by its willingness to embrace that unsentimental natural world.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Director Amir Bar-Lev finds a way to mix the personal, the philosophical and the historical into a complex human document, something that's funny, moving and sad.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Call this a brooding comedy or a darkly whimsical drama, "Wilbur's" willingness to mix gallows humor and real sadness make it something on which labels do not easily fit.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It is not as exceptional a film as the reality deserves, but with a story this strong and races this expertly re-created, it squeezes out a victory by being as good a movie as it needs to be. On some days, that is enough.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Whether Aaron Swartz is a personal hero or someone you've never heard of until now, his story cannot help but touch you.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Michael Moore in Fahrenheit 9/11 has launched an unapologetic attack, both savage and savvy, on an administration he feels has betrayed the best of America and done extensive damage in the world.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Renoir is a lush, involving film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Brisk and involving with a streamlined forward propulsion, it's the kind of superhero movie we want if we have to have superhero movies at all.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Slick entertainment is rarely as, yes, slickly entertaining as it is in Heartbreaker, a French romantic farce that is commercial cinema at its most successful.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Anchored by a charismatic and accessible performance by Javier Bardem as star-crossed Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, this florid examination of an artist's coming of age, of cultures in collusion and conflict, is difficult to resist.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What is a most pleasant surprise is how emotionally involving a story writer-director Billy Ray has fashioned, how he's turned Shattered Glass into a film for anyone who cares about strong drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The result is a rich and detailed picture of the particular culture of this particular part of the South.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Even with its drawbacks, Blue Car remains an intimate, thoughtful drama, with a performance no one is likely to forget.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Noah manages to blend the expected with the unexpected and does it with so much gusto and cinematic energy you won't want to divert your eyes from the screen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    One of the most unfashionable movies of the new year, and one of the more appealing. [19 February 1999, Calendar, p.F-10]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Entertainment like this is too hard to find to second-guess for too long.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though it has its over-caffeinated aspects and its missteps, this Star Trek has in general bridged the gap between the old and the new with alacrity and purpose.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This is one terrific thriller with several wicked tricks up its sleeve, each more satisfying than the last.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Observational with a vengeance, more an art piece than a conventional motion picture, Manakamana is simple in conception, but the reactions it evokes in viewers will be complex and multifaceted.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Encouraged by Mendes' artful direction, his gift for eliciting naturalness, the core of this film finally cries out to us today, makes us see that the notion of characters struggling with life, with the despair of betraying their best selves because of what society will or won't allow, is as gripping and relevant now as it ever was. Or ever will be.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Their personality types match up splendidly with the characters they play as well as each other, and Mrs. Brown's greatest pleasure is seeing and hearing them spar. Even with the gloves on, this is a battle well worth observing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's a film of unexpected, almost indescribable off-center charm that deepens as it goes on.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A very small film but a sweet one, an easygoing venture of the feel-good variety. What sets it apart is something even larger pictures often lack: an excellent performance by its star.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A Touch of Sin, the powerful if uneven new film by highly regarded Chinese director Jia Zhangke, is a corrosive depiction of the New China.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    In a world where everyone was looking for an angle, hoping to survive the nightmare and maybe even turn other people's misery into a tidy profit, the fact that a fragile humanity survived at all is little short of a miracle.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though Wendigo has weak spots, including an ending that is not as satisfying as it might be, the film remains memorable despite its flaws. This is a properly spooky film about the power of spirits to influence us whether we believe in them or not.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What we find out about Maier, revealed in self-portraits as a striking woman with a singular sense of self, is fascinating.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This is an entertainment that really entertains because any number of interesting and unexpected choices were made, starting with the selection of Doug Liman as the director.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    With the help of clear direction and some excellent acting, especially from Flora Cross in a memorable debut as Eliza, Bee Season is affecting in ways that movies have all but given up trying to be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This is a pointed, emotional story of a divorced Palestinian woman and her son who immigrate to the U.S. just after the invasion of Iraq, a story that benefits from Dabis' background as a child growing up in the Midwest during the Gulf War as the daughter of a Palestinian father and a Jordanian mother.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Intimate and unusual behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a ballet, it may sound rarefied but has enough moments of truth and beauty to engage general audiences.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Genteel moviemaking with modern overtones, The Winslow Boy is especially good at the visual re-creation of its time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Simultaneously poetic, dramatic and realistic, White Material is an altogether stunning work.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A bit longer than it might be, a bit more attached to its digressions than we might wish. But the length does encourage the feeling that we've been through the whole creative process with Gilbert and Sullivan .
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What is most involving about Gould is the extraordinary way he played.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Rife with familiar elements given something of a different spin, Run All Night manages to leave you out of breath but hungry for more.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    In truth, every part of this film trades so heavily on Eastwood's presence that it is impossible to imagine it with anyone else in the starring role. [09 Jul 1993 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Funny but not a comedy, serious but never overbearing, emotional in an engaging and bittersweet way, Good Bye, Lenin! is a wonderful film unto itself about a world unto itself.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's hard to believe a story this serious can be told in such an involving way, but that is one of this expert documentarian's greatest gifts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A very smart and funny movie directed by Jason Reitman, who also shrewdly adapted the screenplay from Christopher Buckley's savagely satiric novel.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Smart, sweet and playful romantic comedy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Azkaban breaks free of all these shackles in its final hour. Working with the persuasive Thewlis and Oldman, able to focus his gifts on what's distinctive, dramatic and surprising about the story, Cuarón creates on screen the heartfelt magic that has enthralled so many on the page.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Crossing the Bridge does more than offer a wide variety of entertaining and intoxicating Turkish music. It also uses music to paint a portrait of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city and provide a window into a rich and varied national culture.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Cities engulfed by rolling walls of flame, sinister aquamarine power blasts turning beloved national monuments to toast, even the roiling clouds the spaceships appear out of, they are all disturbing, unsettling and completely convincing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's not only this idealism that makes the subjects of Fame High so compelling, it's also their honesty, their willingness to open a window into their lives at that pivotal moment when they're taking their first tentative steps toward becoming their own person personally and professionally.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A stirring documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Lively, imaginative, with a playful sense of humor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It projects equal parts fury and despair as it reveals how a particular group of individuals was caught in the unforgiving gears of the criminal justice system.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Just as interesting, if not more so, is how Rohmer integrates his very contemporary concerns into a period drama, how he creates characters who manage to be true to our times as well as their own.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The end result was that the performances reached a remarkable level of intimacy and intensity.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The French have a knack for it. They've been making funny and agreeable movie farces for forever, and seeing The Women on the 6th Floor makes you hope they'll never stop.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Smart and genial satire.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The Last of the Unjust, like Lanzmann himself at his advanced age, is ungainly but powerful.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    He [Caton-Jones] has made the film all of a piece, making sure that the three lead performances complement rather than overwhelm each other. [9 Apr 1993, p.F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Somehow, against considerable obstacles, it has captured something true about families and friendship, creating a texture of believable emotions on screen.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The Summit tells a multifaceted story that deals with more than the expected peril and exhilaration of adventure tales. Here you'll find love, fear and forgiveness, personality conflicts and cultural differences, even mysteries that have stubbornly resisted solving.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Strongly tied to a powerful underlying reality (though it inevitably tends to simplify), this film has the additional advantage of being concerned with the emotional truth of its key relationships, adding an unusual father and son story to its incendiary mix. [29 Dec 1993 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Written, directed and acted with real compassion and sympathy for the humanity of its characters, no matter who they are or on what side of these multiple issues they turn out to be.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A two-hour theatrical feature that has the kind of emotional and storytelling reach regularly found these days only in cable TV miniseries. It's a warmly done family and personal drama that seems to cover familiar territory, but only up to a point and very much in its own way.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A smart, involving and strikingly adult drama about Sarkozy's rise to power.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Energetic and absorbing documentary.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's a film whose pleasures are much more visual than dramatic, but that doesn't mean there aren't serious things on its mind.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Millennium Actress fascinatingly goes where films have not often gone before.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Seven years in the making, it demands to be experienced not just because of the good it does but because of how unexpectedly good, even buoyant, it makes you feel.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An enormously emotional and spirit-raising documentary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This shrewd mixture of slick comic-book mayhem, unmistakable sweetness and ear-splitting profanity is poised to be a popular culture phenomenon because of its exact sense of the fantasies of the young male fanboy population.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Although this is director Birmingham's first feature -- she has a very sure sense of what she wants out of her cast and the ability to put it on screen. Tully may go against the grain of hipness, but that proves to be very much of a blessing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Polsky's treatment of this material is nothing if not entertaining, including lively visuals like placing a tiny bouncing hammer and sickle over song lyrics, and his ability to apply a lively style to serious subject matter is key to Red Army's success.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Fear of retaliation often keeps faculty and administration from speaking up for students or talking at all, and six university presidents declined to be interviewed here. If it does nothing else, The Hunting Ground should make that kind of evasion more difficult in the future.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Don't mistake a lack of flash for an absence of substance. The story told here couldn't be more significant or more timely.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A beautifully mounted and directed film that, despite the presence of Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, is unexpectedly lacking in emotional impact.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Unconventional, imaginative, nothing if not audacious, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a portrait of creativity from the inside, a serious yet playful attempt to find an artistic way to tell an emotional truth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The pleasure of a film like this is not in wondering where it's going to go, but in knowing its exact trajectory. Getting us to pull for a foregone conclusion as if the outcome was in serious doubt is no small sleight of hand.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This thoughtful, sensitive film, perhaps the most emotionally wrenching of all the Iraq documentaries, could have been made after any war.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The film's pronounced split between violence and softness notwithstanding, Prince Caspian is finally a more polished effort than "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and squarely in the tradition of the kind of teenage movies the Disney organization used to make before teens discovered horror and gore.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A charming, character-driven film that conveys enormous feeling for its people
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A slick and efficient piece of action entertainment, fast moving with energetic stunt work and nice thriller moves.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Sarah's Key is more powerful than you expect, maybe even more powerful than it should be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's a convincing romantic drama, written, directed and acted with so much skill it's able to break loose from its conventional moorings and become more effective, more moving than we anticipated.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Grabs you by the throat and won't let go.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The movie musical may not have been dead after all, just resting up until this lot came around. [12 Feb 1993, p.F10]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The power of film to irrationally transform and exalt is almost a religion to Woo, and another reason why he was the natural go-to guy for this lucrative movie franchise.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A sharp brainteaser of a film, a compelling mind game you compulsively play along with.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's remarkable for where it takes us, how it takes us there.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What makes this film distinctive is the adroit way it both subverts and enhances old-school expectations, grafting a completely modern sensibility onto thoroughly traditional material.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's got an involving, adventurous story to tell and the wherewithal to tell it correctly. And while young adults may think this is intended only for them, in truth it's their elders who are especially starved for this kind of entertainment.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    No one comes out and says that music is the language of the soul, but no one has to. We see it happening right before our eyes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Making a successful Hunger Games movie out of Suzanne Collins' novel required casting the best possible performer as Katniss, and in Jennifer Lawrence director Gary Ross and company have hit the bull's-eye, so to speak.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A gloss on the disillusion that came with the embracing of communist ideals that is part playful farce, part dark satire, this unclassifiable film, both comic and strange, always holds your attention even when it doesn't seem to know where it's going.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This highly polished costume drama is exceptionally well-made and a model of intelligent restraint, but it is also unapologetically earnest and a bit on the bloodless side.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It combines delightful humor and charm with what movies at their best have always conveyed: the honest power of pure emotion. It is a movie love story and a love note to the movies, all at the same time.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Clearly, the directors have to be Merritt advocates to hang in there that long, but the film that resulted has elements that keep it from being simply a fan's notes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Georgia is not an easy film, but in the American independent arena, it outperforms everything in sight.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Genial, generous-spirited and unmistakably entertaining.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This is a train wreck you think you see coming, but no matter how prepared you are the nature and extent of the damage will overwhelm you.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Walker was the best choice to document this journey. For one thing, her first film, "Devil's Playground," and its examination of how Amish teenagers react when confronted with the outside world, showed her to be both curious and fearless. Plus, it turns out she is herself blind in one eye.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    One of those special films that broadens and deepens as it goes on.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    You'd have to be a stone not to be moved.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    One of the truly heartening international political stories of recent years.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Claude Chabrol makes his particular kind of unnerving, deliciously amoral thrillers look easy. Once you've made as many of them as he has, they probably are.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Rueful, funny and wise, The Salt of Life is a comedy not of errors but of the tiniest of missteps. A warm yet melancholy film of quiet yet inescapable charm, it has a feeling for character and personality that couldn't be more delicious.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What we are seeing may be a representation of the truth, but it is not real, and this collision of artifice and reality is jarring and disconcerting. This is a hurdle but not an insurmountable one. Even if it is counterfeit in a number of ways, the story In This World tells finally wins us over because it is too disturbing and well told not to.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A true storyteller, able to easily mix and match moods in a playful and audacious manner, he (Anderson) is a filmmaker definitely worth watching, both now and in the future.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    As delicately and deliciously prepared as the dishes it features, Big Night is a lyric to the love of food, family and persuasive acting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though Penn's fierce identification with the protagonist is a key source for the film's accomplishments, Into the Wild succeeds on screen because Hirsch ("Alpha Dog," "The Lords of Dogtown") throws himself into the part without reservation, projecting an appealing openness and life force that brings a special poignancy to his fate.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A consummate entertainment that echoes the rhythms and attitudes of classic Hollywood, it's a satisfying throwback to those old-fashioned movie fantasies where impossible dreams do come true. And, in this case, it really happened. Twice.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Lola is played by veteran Spanish actress Victoria Abril, one of Pedro Almodovar's favorites, and though the character sounds familiar, Abril brings so much zest and enthusiasm to its creation that it feels original and makes the passion she inspires believable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A political thriller with more plausibility -- and yes, more thrills -- than most.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Lean, muscular and on the money, The Last Days on Mars takes a familiar story and tells it so tautly that we are pleased to be on board.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Despite its pitfalls, this movie musical is a clutch player that delivers an emotional wallop when it counts. You can walk into the theater as an agnostic, but you may just leave singing with the choir.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's to be expected that the music is going to be wonderful, and it is. But there is more to this film, a surprising amount more.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A solid and satisfying commercial venture with more than enough pizazz to overcome occasional lapses in moment-to-moment plausibility.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Natural Born Killers is both audacious and astonishing, a vision of a charnel house apocalypse that comes close to defying description. [26 Aug 1994, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Enlivening things to an unprecedented extent, the songs turn O Brother into perhaps the warmest production in the Coens' repertoire.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A lively, old-fashioned adventure yarn with just a twist of modern attitude, it's the kind of pleasant entertainment that allows the paying customers to have as much fun as the people on screen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    More than anything, this is an intelligent audience picture, a solid and engrossing piece of old-school filmmaking, both humane and character driven, in which the various protagonists learn something - not too much and not too easily - about the nature of their lives.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An exciting and involving rock music doc, a smart and satisfying look inside that tumultuous world.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Working from a screenplay by Edgerton, rising Australian director Matthew Saville has expertly constructed a low-key, realistic drama in which the malleability of morality in an increasingly murky situation takes center stage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    There's no denying that Soul Kitchen is a film that delights in contrivance and improbability, but it does so with such a big-hearted sense of fun that it is hard not to be swept away.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Focus is really the heart of Morris' unsettling film, which strikes a remarkable balance between art and disturbance, between beauty and pain.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A look at the annual San Diego convention that is sweetly empathetic where previous Spurlock works have been brash and confrontational. Plus, it's a lot of fun.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Irresistible family entertainment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Fortunately, director Michael Apted and his team understand the challenges of this kind of story and have met them with intelligence and energy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though it's longer and more elaborate than it needs to be, it shares its predecessor's smart but relaxed sense of humor, a sophisticated imagination and the ability to be sharp and playful without being malicious.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Happy Valley is especially good at revealing a mass desire to shift blame, showing how everyone the scandal touched wanted to focus on the aspect that made them the least responsible.

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