Kenneth Turan
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For 1,865 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 10.9 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 Truman Show
Lowest review score: 0 The Green Hornet
Score distribution:
1,865 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Yes, Jellyfish says, it's a wonderful life, not in that old-fashioned style we've perhaps tired of but in a surprising new and magical way all its own.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    One of the real pluses of Up the Yangtze, aside from its empathy with its subjects, is its striking visual quality. Beijing-based cinematographer Wang Shi Qing has an impeccable eye, often coming up with haunting images that show both the beauty and uncertainty of this pivotal time.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though the film stars a relaxed and capable Harrison Ford as everyone's favorite intrepid archaeologist and boasts supporting players ranging from Cate Blanchett as a superb villainess to Shia LaBeouf as the inevitable youngster, the real heroes of this film are director Steven Spielberg and the veritable army of superb technicians who turn the film's numerous stunts and special effects into trains that insist on running on time.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A stirring documentary.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    As is always the case with Leigh's protagonists, Poppy does not fit into a schematic log line, she simply is. She exists with an intensity that few other filmmakers' characters can manage because of the singular way Leigh creates his people.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    One of the truly heartening international political stories of recent years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's a can't-miss effort that knows how to please.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Unexpectedly involving documentary.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This is a gentle comedy, both funny and melancholy, about a timid soul who discovers the necessity of embracing life in all its absurdity and unlooked-for joy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    For what Crude does best is take us behind the scenes and show in often candid detail how campaigns are waged, tactics decided on and strategies prioritized.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The best kind of labor of love. A documentary made with affection and intelligence, it looks at a brief episode in the life of a cultural icon and uses it to illuminate what turns out to be a telling moment in time and in the process shed some light on the man himself.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Made with daring and passion, it attempts the impossible and comes remarkably close to pulling it off. So close, in fact, that the skill and audacity used, the shock and awe of this highly entertaining attempt, are more significant than the imperfect results.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's got a terrific inside Hollywood sensibility plus an unblinking candor that lets the chips fall where they should. Which, given who made it, is something of a pleasant surprise.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Interests us in ways we don't expect. It has a mordant sense of humor and a gift for character and incident that has attracted two of Australia's best actors -- Guy Pearce and Rachel Griffiths -- as well as an excellent supporting cast.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    British actress Jane Horrocks plays Little Voice, and it is a transfixing, tour de force performance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's remarkable for where it takes us, how it takes us there.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Aviva Kempner's warm and intelligent mash note to a man who clearly deserved it.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An exciting and involving rock music doc, a smart and satisfying look inside that tumultuous world.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Smart, sweet and playful romantic comedy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The sharpest inside Hollywood comedy in quite a while.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Meanders, dawdles, doubles back on itself but finally gets us somewhere fascinating and worthwhile.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    You might expect its beauty but not its intelligence, its ability to reflect the texture of some extraordinary lives.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Grabs you by the throat and won't let go.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Like many modern children's films, Stuart Little 2 can't decide between teaching good values ("You're only as big as you feel") and tossing out fake-hip jokes. Though it doesn't happen as often as it should, this is a better film when it allows itself simply to be sweet.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Millennium Actress fascinatingly goes where films have not often gone before.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Butler used several elements to make this story come alive, starting with that vintage Frank Hurley footage, whose rescue from icy waters is in itself something of a miracle.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An absolutely first-rate documentary.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A sly and captivating comedy of imaginative leaps and gently orchestrated pandemonium.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's clever, amusing, clever, visually inventive, clever, well-cast .
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Energetic and absorbing documentary.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Both completely fascinating and intermittently frustrating; however, as with Fellini's own films, the downside is far outweighed by the pluses.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A comic actor of genius who raises silliness to an art form, the wonderfully expressive Atkinson makes excellent use of those devastating looks in the spy spoof Johnny English, where he turns up as a James Bond type more likely to kill adversaries by accident than on purpose.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Very much of a guilty pleasure. A nifty piece of teenage romantic piffle, it combines two strong and attractive performances.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A compelling piece of work that turns out to have unexpected relevance to the current world situation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Lively, imaginative, with a playful sense of humor.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Well-crafted, disturbing Texas gothic thriller, a completely spooky piece of business that gets under your skin and, some plot blips aside, stays there for the duration.
    • 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
    A political thriller with more plausibility -- and yes, more thrills -- than most.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Assisted by a well-crafted script by the veteran William Goldman and a masterful performance by Anthony Hopkins, Hicks has turned two King short stories into a somber meditation on the dreams and frustrations of childhood and the ways the adult world makes its darker qualities known.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The Farrellys here show a gift not just for finding humor where others have feared to look but for presenting it in a way that is surprisingly close to irresistible.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    At its best, Winged Migration is a marvel, and if that seems like a gee-whiz word, that's because this film has a lot to be gee-whiz about.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A sharp brainteaser of a film, a compelling mind game you compulsively play along with.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A series of subtly interlocking character studies.
    • 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
    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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Irresistible family entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Concerned with fathers and sons, expectations and dreams, ideals and reality, this completely engrossing film gets more involving as it goes on.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    When the melodrama does get strong, and it does, when bad things happen on a dark and stormy night, we go with it rather than resisting. The film has won our trust, given some heft to its characters and involved us in their lives, come what may.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Powered by an excellent Kurt Russell performance, Miracle treats old-fashioned, emotional material with an intelligence that respects both the story and the audience.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    "Weeping" is a simple tale of animal estrangement and reconciliation that in its own quiet way manages to be soothing, hypnotic, even magical.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Has it's share of downtime.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Comes close, achingly close, to greatness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Genteel moviemaking with modern overtones, The Winslow Boy is especially good at the visual re-creation of its time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    With warm humor and perceptive writing, director Kenneth Lonergan displays a gift for creating realistic characters and a compelling story.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Every holiday season needs a pleasant surprise, and this year it's Drumline. This entertaining and enthusiastically told tale shrewdly energizes its way-familiar plot line by setting it amid one of the greatest and least-known spectacles in American sports.
    • 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This turns out to be an informative, involving, even sobering advocacy film.
    • 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 .
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    With the perfect assist from their actors, all of whom are well in on the joke, this affectionate look at the frozen North brings the Coens back in from the cold.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Has both bark and bite. Its low-key but sharp and amusing sense of humor is a nice fit with the frenetic world of competitive dog shows.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Frustrating yet deeply watchable melodrama that makes you think it's a tougher picture than it is.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The Corporation takes great and successful pains to be as visually diverse and clever as it is intellectually provocative.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Say what you like, think what you will, scoff if you have to (and you will definitely have to), but in the final analysis Kevin Knows Westerns.
    • 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
    The Usual Suspects is a maze that moviegoers will be happy to get lost in, a criminal roller coaster with twists so unsettling no choice exists but to hold on and go along for the ride.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An amusing tale of larceny triumphant, Bandits is an entertainment with a rogue's imagination.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Cheerful, cheeky entertainment, a clever confection.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Bristling but finally surprisingly moving film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    With its gift for infusing uneasiness into every frame, Kurosawa's moody, unnerving film continues to spook us even after the lights have gone on.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Has a warmth and sweetness that is especially hard to resist.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This is a film that goes its own way to the end as it asks the audience, "What you just saw, were they happy times or not?" The question is a good one, and the answer, like this film, is sure to stay with you.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A powerful and empathetic melodrama with feminist underpinnings.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Makes its strongest impression not with dialogue but with virtuoso visual work…. when you work with Kubrick, it's always the director, never the actors, who is the real star. That can lead a film up or down or, as it does here, in both directions at the same time. [16 July 1999, Calendar, p.F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Unusual in its ability to mix bodily functions humor with a sincere and unlooked-for sense of decency.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Promises takes a simple idea and just about breaks your heart with it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What the intelligently spooky Birth does best is disturb us.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Think of Control Room as a through-the-looking-glass movie. Like Lewis Carroll's Alice, viewers of this remarkable documentary will be disconcerted by a glimpse of a world where everything is reversed.
    • 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What saves Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is what created it in the first place: J.K. Rowling's enrapturing imagination. At those sporadic moments when the film allows us to share in Harry's wonder, it lets us recapture our own as well.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An easygoing and amusing romantic confection.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Sleek and satisfying....Almost a drawing room thriller, unhurried and genteel but enlivened with suspense and surprising bursts of sly, even biting, humor.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Its cleverness and its good heart enable it to overcome a slow start, which is how all good fairy tales end.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Entertainment like this is too hard to find to second-guess for too long.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    As played by Alfred Molina with both computer-generated and puppeteer assistance, Doc Ock grabs this film with his quartet of sinisterly serpentine mechanical arms and refuses to let go.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Elf
    Directed by Jon Favreau from a script by David Berenbaum, Elf returns to the hip but warm-hearted spirit of "Swingers," which Favreau both wrote and starred in. It brings sophisticated glee and a sense of innocent fun to what could have been a moribund traditional family film.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Genial, generous-spirited and unmistakably entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Smart, lively and altogether warmhearted dramatic 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Only the tigers, beautiful and dangerous, maintain their integrity. By staying true to themselves, they make nothing else matter.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    In its best moments, Face/Off practically mainlines fury, leaving audiences no time to think or even breathe.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Tasteful, subtle and sophisticated are a few of the words that aren't going to be applied to Eddie Murphy's version of The Nutty Professor. But funny, funny is something else again.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Georgia is not an easy film, but in the American independent arena, it outperforms everything in sight.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    JFK
    Disturbing, infuriating yet undeniably effective, less a motion picture than an impassioned. [20 Dec 1991]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    And really, who goes to summer action movies for cast-iron logic anyway? Or for plausible characters, for that matter? You go for brisk stunts expertly executed, for well-directed action that doesn't allow you to catch your breath and for one of the preeminent action stars of our time. Yes, that would be Angelina Jolie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Their (Kim Bartley and Donnacha Ó Briain ) remarkable true-life footage makes this 74-minute film as potent as behemoths twice its size.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Memorable and significant.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Both an irresistible human story and as fine a documentary on football as "Hoop Dreams" was on basketball.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Even after you've seen Forbidden Lie$, the dizzying, drop-dead fascinating documentary on Norma Khouri, you won't be absolutely sure if she's on the level or a con artist ranked as "one of the best ever." That's how good she is.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    If anything is missing from this inspiring film, it is a deeper examination of why, given how common-sensical these approaches are, so few other schools have been able to accomplish what Providence St. Mel's has.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The 1959 film's style is dated, but it is visually glorious and tells a fascinating story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The last thing you see in Ajami should be the first thing on your mind about this compelling new film from Israel. That would be the closing credits, written in both Hebrew and Arabic, separate but equal, side by side, mirroring the creative process behind this potent work and the story it has to tell.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Energetically entertaining if a bit one-sided.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A film that's always on the move, a smart, lively, thoroughly involving doc about a complex, critical subject.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What French writer-director Mia Hansen-Love has created is an extraordinarily empathetic humanistic drama, a film of love, joy, sadness and hope that understands how complex our emotions are and does beautiful justice to them.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Small though it is, Kisses evokes all kinds of feelings, and that is no small thing from a film of any size.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A fast-paced, character-driven heist movie that combines robberies with romance and solidifies Affleck's reputation as an actor with a genuine gift for directing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The result is a rich and detailed picture of the particular culture of this particular part of the South.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    My Dog Tulip is as disconcerting and unusual a piece of animation as the 1956 memoir that inspired it, and that is saying a lot.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What is most involving about Gould is the extraordinary way he played.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Simultaneously poetic, dramatic and realistic, White Material is an altogether stunning work.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It may sound commonplace, but in the hands of master filmmaker Mike Leigh, the everyday becomes extraordinary.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Made with the on-camera cooperation of Spitzer (though not his wife), it is a sad, disturbing and in some ways tragic tale that in its lurid combination of sex and politics, banal hypocrisy and bare-knuckles power, seems very much an American story of our times.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This gently amusing, genuinely sweet animated film makes you smile from start to finish?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    As Bhutto, the thorough and involving documentary on her life conveys, Benazir was a formidable personality all by herself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Beautiful and melodic as well as pointedly political.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Part 2 turns out to be more than the last of its kind. Almost magically, it ends up being one of the best of the series as well.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A treat to experience visually (especially in lively 3-D) and verbally, Puss in Boots is a family film where the adventure and invention never flag and the tongue-in-cheek humor doesn't linger far behind.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    If you are experienced enough to understand love's fragility but still romantic enough to embrace its power, Like Crazy will put you away.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Sarah's Key is more powerful than you expect, maybe even more powerful than it should be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though it's more than a little awestruck and feels padded even at 82 minutes, the story it tells remains completely fascinating
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A clever piece of business that is a complete pleasure to experience.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Oblivion has the ability to haunt you visually and, with an unanticipated love story, even emotionally.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An effective piece of melodramatic popular entertainment that savvily builds on the foundation established by the first Hunger Games movie.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Articulate, thoughtful and funny - hearing Vitali talk about getting used to 100 kinds of cheese in the West is a real pleasure - the Klitschkos are a treat to spend conversational time with. Just don't think of joining them in the ring.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A smart, involving and strikingly adult drama about Sarkozy's rise to power.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Artfully put together by writer-director Falardeau, Monsieur Lazhar shows us life in the round, illustrating the way humor, compassion and tragedy can all be elements of experience. Its emotional honesty is heartening, a lesson we are never too old to learn.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Even if you don't fancy raw fish, "Jiro" is a captivating film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    These performers are so young, so serious, so full of dreams and so hard on themselves that it is difficult not to be moved by their striving.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Fascinating for what it signifies as much as what it shows, This Is Not a Film illustrates how Panahi is struggling to stay alive creatively and, paradoxically, can't help but demonstrate how much of a natural filmmaker he is.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A cool documentary that makes the blood boil, it examines how people can be psychologically manipulated into confessing. Not only to crimes they may not have committed but, even worse, to crimes that may never have happened.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Everything about Robot & Frank is as unlikely as it is irresistible. Charming, playful and sly, it makes us believe that a serene automaton and a snappish human being can be best friends forever.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Best of all "Daughter" marks a return to old-school French moviemaking, the kind of classically well-made endeavor that unrolls before us like a beloved tapestry. This is the kind of film they don't make anymore, only here it is.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    You don't need to be a fan of Wagner, or even opera, to find this a fascinating glimpse of a dauntingly complex human endeavor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Planet of Snail is simple, direct and magical. The warm, intimate story of a singular couple, it won the top prize at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and it will win you over as well if you give it the chance.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It sounds like a throwback to an earlier, more traditional style of Israeli filmmaking but it instead provides a view of that country that's as satisfyingly eccentric and unexpected as anything we've seen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A sports film to remember.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    You'd have to be a stone not to be moved.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's a complex, determined look at one of the most pernicious problems facing organized sports on all levels.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    No definitive answers are possible to the questions The Flat raises, which makes them all the more provocative.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    High-spirited, emotional and funny, Sound City is, of all things, a mash note to a machine. Not just any machine, however, but one that helped change the face of rock 'n' roll.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Sweetgrass is an unexpectedly intoxicating documentary, unexpected because it blends high artistic standards with the grueling reality of one of the toughest, most exhausting of work environments.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Renoir is a lush, involving film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This is a story as involving as you'd imagine it would be.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    While Europa Report does quite well dramatically without breaking any new ground, its great strength is how striking it is visually and the stratagems it employs to make itself memorable.
    • 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 Touch of Sin, the powerful if uneven new film by highly regarded Chinese director Jia Zhangke, is a corrosive depiction of the New China.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though its plot frequently falls back on coincidence, so much so that the characters joke about it, Career Girls has the almost magical ability to involve us emotionally with these women even though there are points when we would've sworn that wouldn't be possible.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a complex and involving documentary.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
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