Kenneth Turan
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For 1,903 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

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Song of the Sea
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
1,903 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    May be the most hopeless, despairing comic-book movie in memory. It creates a world where being a superhero is at best a double-edged sword and no triumph is likely to be anything but short-lived.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    [Russell's] dizzying, outlandishly entertaining American Hustle is a 21-first century screwball farce about 20th-century con men, scam artists and those who dream of living large, a film that is big hearted and off the wall in equal measure.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A consummate entertainment rich with the romantic atmosphere of Paris in the 1950s. Coming at a turning point in French cinematic history, it drew upon several major talents - director Louis Malle, star Jeanne Moreau, cinematographer Henri Decaƫ, musician Miles Davis - and achieved near-legendary results with all of them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Working in the spirit of his predecessors but with the kind of uncanny special effects they could barely dream of, Spielberg has come up with an impressive production that is disturbing in the way only provocative science fiction can be.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A documentary potent enough to alter how you see the world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A major American motion picture, an overpowering piece of work that involves some of the most basic human emotions: love, hate, fear, revenge, despair. Directed by Clint Eastwood with absolute confidence and remarkable control.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Writer-directors Joel and Ethan have seized the opportunity afforded by the Oscar-winning success of "No Country for Old Men," to make their most personal, most intensely Jewish film, a pitch-perfect comedy of despair that, against some odds, turns out to be one of their most universal as well.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A thrilling adventure of the spirit. Austere yet provocative, this is not only a film about faith, it also has faith that the power generated by complex moral decisions can be as unstoppable as any runaway locomotive.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Daring and traditional, groundbreaking and familiar, apocalyptic and sentimental, Wall-E gains strength from embracing contradictions that would destroy other films.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This small gem of a movie always feels true and real as it gently reveals the quiet moments that define our lives.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A powerhouse. Highly dramatic and intensely emotional, blessed with strong themes and an unstoppable narrative drive, it is adult, intelligent entertainment of a kind we rarely see these days.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    You'll be planning to see Ponyo twice before you've finished seeing it once. Five minutes into this magical film you'll be making lists of the individuals of every age you can expose to the very special mixture of fantasy and folklore, adventure and affection.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This enthralling film, based on the book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, is as fascinating as it is horrifying.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Mad Max: Fury Road will leave you speechless, which couldn't be more appropriate. Words are not really the point when it comes to dealing with this barn-burner of a post-apocalyptic extravaganza in which sizzling, unsettling images are the order of the day.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    As unspoiled in its key elements as the day it was made, "On the Waterfront" is indisputably one of the great American films, its power undiminished. Even more today than half a century ago, it demands to be seen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Directed by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz and winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, this is the second superb Israeli documentary (after "The Gatekeepers") to come to town in less than a month and deal fearlessly with an aspect of that country's legal and political system.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Made with assurance and deep emotion, Fruitvale Station is more than a remarkable directing debut for 26-year-old Ryan Coogler. It's an outstanding film by any standard.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Powered by Kore-eda's innate restraint and natural empathy, Like Father, Like Son takes these characters to places they never expected to be. It's unnerving for them, of course, but watching so many hearts hanging in the balance is a rare privilege for us.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A rich, unnerving film, as comic as it is astringent, that in its own quiet way works up a considerable emotional charge. [8 Oct 1993]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Avatar's shock and awe demand to be seen. You've never experienced anything like it, and neither has anyone else.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Mendes, in only his second feature (following the Oscar-winning "American Beauty"), has told this surprisingly resonant story with the potent, unrelenting fatalism of a previously unknown Greek myth.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It is a remarkable work, quite likely the best documentary on the City of Angels ever made.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Toy Story 2 may not have the most original title, but everything else about it is, well, mint in the box.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    From Here to Eternity remains, half a century later, a singular cinematic experience, one of the landmarks of American film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    These stranger-than-fiction tales, piled one on top of the other in the most gripping way, not only mesmerize us, they also point up another of Last Days in Vietnam's provocative points, that the chaos surrounding the evacuation was, in effect, the entire war in microcosm.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A savage comedy about the war in the former Yugoslavia that artfully mixes comic absurdism with a passion for what's right and a concern for the individuality of all concerned.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A sleek, accomplished piece of work, meticulously controlled and completely involving. The dark end of the street doesn't get much more inviting than this.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Exactly written, directed with a surgeon's precision and transcendently acted, Sideways brings emotional reality to a consistently amusing character comedy, making it something to be cherished like the delicate Santa Ynez Valley wines that are the story's vivid backdrop.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    When it comes to unflinching, riveting looks at a compulsive artist who can't be other than who he is, nothing comes close to Crumb.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    By focusing on the personal side of the city game, Hoop Dreams tells us more about what works and what doesn't in our society than the proverbial shelf of sociological studies. And it is thoroughly entertaining in the bargain.

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