Kenneth Turan

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For 2,199 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 9.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Sand Storm
Lowest review score: 0 8MM
Score distribution:
2199 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A forced march toward certain disaster, a scenario only passionate believers in predestination are likely to savor.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The kindest thing that can be said about Sandler's sense of humor is that it's unapologetically juvenile.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The film sacrifices playfulness and humor to concentrate on a relentless display of elaborate but ho-hum gadgets and gizmos.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    This is a work of excess and passion, an untidy sprawl of a motion picture that is sometimes ragged, occasionally uncertain, but -- and this is what's important -- always warm, accessible and rich in emotional life.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    One overstuffed movie, but it's by no means a turkey.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The problem with High Crimes, acceptable though it is, is that it's not close to anyone's best work.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Grainy as it looks in its massive Imax blowup, Mickey's misadventures with water and a broom still have the kind of magic even modern technology can't always manage.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It's an interesting take, and it always holds our interest, but it's finally too ham-fisted to be a completely winning one.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The problem with Anna and the King is that it's caught halfway between then and now--- the film tries to throw in notions of cultural relativism and big power imperialism, but can't do without corny shtick.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    So meticulous in its craftsmanship and so earnest in its storytelling that it feels both physically and spiritually airbrushed.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    As a director, Moore is like an energetic puppy who's all over you all at once. You admire his energy, and it's awfully hard to get angry at such high spirits, but you can't help but wish he'd calm down just a bit.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    In its determination to overdo sure-fire material, Billy Elliot becomes as impossible to wholeheartedly embrace as it is to completely reject.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Those who enjoy the old-fashioned Hollywood pleasure of seeing divergent threads neatly pulled together will be more than satisfied.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Unashamedly silly, inevitably erratic, it has so much fun sending up the world of exploitation filmmaking that even the most serious film student won't be able to suppress a laugh or two. Maybe even more.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Comes off as convincing but never compelling. There's a ponderous quality to it, as if it's forever clearing its throat to say something of value that doesn't quite get articulated.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Even fairy tales could use a bit more substance than this.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It's a gritty story made in the director's more elegiacal mode, a confusion of style and content that is not in the film's best interests.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Like the television medium it genially satirizes, EDtv is a grab bag that's both amusing and frustrating.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    While the film glistens a bit now and again, a closer look reveals you've been diverted not by a diamond but by a genuine synthetic zircon.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though it has its charms, Monsters, Inc. does not measure up. As a childhood entertainment it is certainly fine, but Pixar's celebrated lure for adults is largely absent.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Does have a large and capable cast and, in James Foley, a director with a taste for visual flourishes. They all so fell in love with the script by Doug Jung they didn't notice how much a derivative retread it is of superior material like "The Grifters" and even "The Sting."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    What Spy Game turns out to be is the old reliable family car spruced up around the edges in an attempt to convince a new generation of buyers that it's a hot number.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Light and frothy though all this is, there is an off-putting element to "Josie," and it's what must be the film's world record number of product placements.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Shyamalan's great gift is the creation of atmosphere, the conjuring of spooky, unseen menace. When he gets around to doing this in Signs, all is well, but it's a tossup as to whether the film offers enough of a payoff considering how long it takes to get where it's going.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Ends up insisting on pat and overly tidy resolutions that are at variance with the emotional chaos it's nominally attempting to convey. [12 March 1999, Calendar, p.F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The film's scary moments are too monstrous and its happy times have too much idiotic beaming, making the film feel like the illegitimate offspring of "Alien" and "The Absent-Minded Professor."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    As enjoyable as this film is in parts, it's not nearly as successful as a whole. Enormously engaging in its opening segments, it's unable to sustain that good feeling over the long haul.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    What makes the story worthwhile is the candor and personality of the band members.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    This film feels completely haphazard, thrown together without much concern for organizing intelligence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A one-trick pony, a movie that has a gift only for making audiences squirm.

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