Kenneth Turan

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For 2,253 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 The Madness of King George
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
2253 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Yet for all its ballyhooed candor about sexual matters, it's a surprisingly baffling and opaque film, too artistic to be standard pornography and too zealously focused on being graphic to the exclusion of all else to succeed as drama.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    It's not often that you see talented, well-meaning people joined together like cultists in the snare of a group delusion, but that's what makes this film fascinating, the proverbial accident you can't take your eyes off.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Goofy and gee-whiz when it isn't being post-apocalyptic glum, it is such an earnest hodgepodge that only by imagining "Mad Max" directed by Frank Capra can you get even an inkling of what it's like.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    It's doubtful that records are kept about this sort of thing, but consider the possibility that Clash of the Titans is the first film to actually be made worse by being in 3-D.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    A painfully contrived and artificial exercise in futility.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Affleck and Paltrow, who've been excellent elsewhere, display less chemistry than they've shown in magazine photo shoots. Even Woody and Bo Peep had more going on between them in "Toy Story" than these two manage here.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    It's a portrayal so unconvincing it makes it close to impossible for the rest of the film to function as intended.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Coppola decided that he really wasn't making a horror film after all, but rather a love story, a comic burlesque, a costume drama, a piece of erotica, whatever. But no matter what else you do with it, a Dracula that cannot manage to be more scary than silly is as pitilessly doomed as that elegant old Transylvanian himself. [13 Nov 1992]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Writer-director Steers has chosen to overload "Igby" with phony archness and forced black humor, making it not the place to look for satisfying acting.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    It has a tendency to run ragged and spends an unhealthy amount of time idling pointlessly at intersections.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    While adapting accomplished fiction such as this is a lure Hollywood can never resist, some characters breathe better on the page, and that is the case here.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    The only thing about The Naked Gun that won't make you laugh is the film itself...To mix a metaphor in appropriate style, the filmmakers have really beaten a dead horse into the ground with this one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    What audiences end up with word-wise is a hackneyed, completely derivative copy of old Hollywood romances, a movie that reeks of phoniness and lacks even minimal originality.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    The hard truth is that the line between being deadly earnest and unintentionally silly is thinner than these people think, and Beyond Borders turns out to be an unreal film about a real situation, unavoidably cartoonish, as was the earlier "Tears of the Sun," in its attempt to join crucial issues to ridiculous melodrama.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Jack is more depressing than the weight of its demerits because of the quality of the work both these men have done before.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    This noisy retread, a secondhand facsimile of a movie, is, except for the headache its boisterous sound level leaves you with, as forgettable as a bad day in the Disneyland parking lot.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    If ever a film was made with more money than sense, this is it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    The Lone Ranger exists without a convincing sense of jeopardy or, more critically, any place for audiences to emotionally connect.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Laurence Fishburne is one actor who has charisma to burn, but even his incendiary performance can't ignite Hoodlum, a would-be gangster epic that generates less heat than a nickel cigar. [27Aug1997 Pg 8]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Given the polyglot nature of the cast, with actors from at least five countries taking their best shots at the English language, it's unclear why Cage felt he needed an accent or, stranger still, why it took him a reported seven months to come up with this one.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    George Clooney's first effort behind the camera was doubtless more stimulating to direct than it will be for audiences to watch.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Pedestrian and awkward, this film is a disappointment not only in comparison with Lee's earlier epic, the underrated " Malcolm X," but also in comparison with another film with similar aims, Rachid Bouchareb's "Days of Glory."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Not clever or polished enough to be successful as farce, unwilling to supply any reason to care about any of its characters, unable to make the points about the role of fashion in society it thinks it is, "Ready to Wear" is madness without the usual Altman method.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Loaded as it is with undeveloped notions about feminism and individuality, nothing about it is really memorable except the appealing musicality of the fine k.d. lang/Ben Mink score, which deserves better. [20 May 1994]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Though the photographs are memorable, the photographer is not.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    A leaden mash-up of western and science-fiction elements that ends up noisy, grotesque and unappealing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Fake or not, I'm Still Here is no fun to watch, and in fact Phoenix's situation comes off as so dire that it becomes a reason to doubt the film's authenticity. Filming someone having a mental breakdown is embarrassing and exploitative at best.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Max
    Just because people are objecting to Max for all the wrong reasons doesn't make it a good film, and it's not. It's a bizarre curiosity memorable mainly for the way it fritters away its potentially interesting subject matter via a banal script, unimpressive acting and indifferent direction.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    A trying experience. As we watch Rochester fall apart in spectacular fashion, it's clear that a major lure for the venturesome Depp was the chance to play a grotesque, to become a pestilent physical wreck with an artificial silver nose. There's more in that role for the actor, however, than there is for us.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Larry Crowne is an inside-out movie, acceptable around the edges but hollow and shockingly unconvincing at its core. When that core is two of the biggest movie stars around - Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts - it's an especially dispiriting situation.

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