Kenneth Turan

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For 2,037 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 10.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
2037 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    While the story plays better on the page than the screen and some of the film's elements work better than others, a proficient Ron Howard version of things is certainly competent if only occasionally thrilling.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A film truly geared to the 6-year-old level. If not younger.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The kindest thing that can be said about Sandler's sense of humor is that it's unapologetically juvenile.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Corpse Bride has more warmth and appeal than its title would indicate, but it is finally more grotesque than good-humored. And, even at 75 minutes, it feels longer than its content can comfortably support.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Directed in bold, energetic strokes by Taylor Hackford, "Devil" is fine disreputable fun at first, a stylish and watchable hoot. But then its tone changes, the plot goes gimmicky and bombastic speeches about the nature of good and evil clutter the airwaves and confuse the issue.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Like an aging athlete who knows how to husband strength and camouflage weaknesses, it makes the most of what it does well and hopes you won't notice its limitations.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    What saved "Schindler's List" from this self-conscious nobility was the ambiguity of Oskar Schindler's personality and Spielberg's willingness to treat incendiary material coolly. The lesson he seemed to have learned there, that the strongest stories call for the greatest restraint, is one he has at least partially forgotten here.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A glum and unpleasant experience, caught between what it wants to do and how it has chosen to do it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It's an acceptable, play-it-safe version of the first volume in the hugely popular Veronica Roth-written trilogy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Southpaw is so logic-defying it takes on a Frankenstein life of its own, especially with as energetic and focused an action maestro as Fuqua ("Training Day," "The Equalizer") in charge.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though Girls Rock! is nothing if not well meaning, it doesn't always feel like the best possible film on the subject.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The latest in Hollywood's almost biblical procession of disaster films, Deep Impact tries with moderate success to be more than just the sum of its special effects.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    As with the DeMille ventures, enjoyment here involves managing expectations and not taking things too seriously.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Stewart acquits himself solidly, though not thrillingly, as a beginning director, doing especially well in the film's involving central section dealing with Bahari's time in prison, where the filmmaking is as compelling as the feature's intentions are admirable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The two men collaborate so well, in fact, that the real love match of Appaloosa is between the two of them and no one else.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    There is more to admire in A Beautiful Mind than you might suspect, but less than its creators believe. When the film does succeed, it almost seems to do so despite itself.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Director Paul Anderson, whose last film was "Mortal Kombat," well knows how to build suspense and increase tension. But counterbalancing all of that is Event Horizon's position as a sci-fi splatter film, intent on drenching the screen in blood and gore whenever possible. [15Aug1997 Pg 16]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The film's plot...is more contrived than creditable, motivations are not always clear, and some characters, for instance Kiefer Sutherland as a praise the lord and pass the ammunition Marine, are not very convincingly acted. [11 Dec 1992]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Chan is still able to project the boyishness and insecurity of the new kid on the block. But even those aren't enough to make Tuxedo a black-tie affair.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though enlivened by occasional touches, "Smilla's" is like the food at Taco Bell: exotic only to someone who hasn't experienced the real thing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Ultimately satisfying and successful version of the opening volume of the celebrated "His Dark Materials" trilogy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    An acceptable star vehicle, no better or worse than it should be, a well-worn standard diversion that gets the job done without eliciting either howls of fury or paroxysms of delight.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Even fairy tales could use a bit more substance than this.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It would be dishonest to deny that Jade Scorpion has amusing moments, but it never gets better than that and often settles for less.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    If you want to see old-fashioned nonstop mayhem with stars so venerable that "The Leathernecks" (and I don't mean Marines) might be an alternative title, reviews are going to be superfluous. If you don't want to go, no review can change your mind.

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