Kenneth Turan
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For 1,823 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Firm
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,823 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Up in the Air makes it look easy. Not just in its casual and apparently effortless excellence, but in its ability to blend entertainment and insight, comedy and poignancy, even drama and reality, things that are difficult by themselves but a whole lot harder in combination. This film does all that and never seems to break a sweat.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is a performance, and a film, to cherish for this year and always.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    As the summer heats up, let Frozen River wash over you; let its bracing drama and the intensity of its acting restore your spirits as well as your faith in American independent film.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Overwhelmingly tense, overflowing with crackling verisimilitude, it's both the film about the war in Iraq that we've been waiting for and the kind of unqualified triumph that's been long expected from director Kathryn Bigelow.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is a film with a commitment to reality unlike any we're used to seeing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
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    Rarely has any film, let alone an animated one powered by the logic of dream and fantasy, been able to move so successfully -- and so effortlessly -- through so many different kinds of cinematic territory.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    There's barely any on-field footage in The Damned United. What we get instead is fine acting and directing, splendid dialogue and a story too outrageous to be made up.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    An intense, nihilistic thriller as well as a model of implacable storytelling, this is a film you can't stop watching even though you very much wish you could. That's because No Country escorts you through a world so pitilessly bleak, "you put your soul at hazard," as one character says, to be part of it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Masterfully put-together, made with confidence, intelligence and command.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The fingerprints of the Camorra are everywhere, this film wants us to know, and its grip is lethal.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    What makes Seraphine, directed and co-written by Martin Provost, so exceptional is that it neither condescends to nor romanticizes its subject.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A remarkable feat of imagination, a magical tale with a genuinely sinister edge.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Those who see it will, quite frankly, not believe their luck. It is that satisfying, that engrossing, that good.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Made with palpable energy, intensity and excitement, it compellingly creates a world gone mad that is uncomfortably close to the one we live in. It is a "Blade Runner" for the 21st century, a worthy successor to that epic of dystopian decay
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Provocative, hallucinatory, incendiary, this devastating animated documentary is unlike any Israeli film you've seen. More than that, in its seamless mixing of the real and the surreal, the personal and the political, animation and live action, it's unlike any film you've seen, period.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Ratatouille is as audacious as they come. It takes risks and goes places other films wouldn't dare, and it ends up putting rival imaginations in the shade.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is a police procedural, if you will, about what's been called the artistic crime of the century.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The music is so rich and completely satisfying and the characters so appealing Once makes us believe that this is all happening right in front of our eyes. We fall for each of these young people at the precise moment they are falling for each other, and what could be better than that?
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Confidently directed by Ang Lee and featuring sensitive and powerful performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and a breathtaking Heath Ledger, this film is determined to involve us in the naturalness and even inevitability of its epic, complicated love story.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Letters From Iwo Jima, takes audiences to a place that would seem unimaginable for an American director. Daring and significant, it presents a picture from life's other side, not only showing what wartime was like for our Japanese adversaries on that island in the Pacific but also actually telling the story in their language. Which turns out to be no small thing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Perhaps the director's most touching, most elegiac work yet, Million Dollar Baby is a film that does both the expected and the unexpected, that has the nerve and the will to be as pitiless as it is sentimental.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    As completely real on the psychological level as its up-to-the-moment visual effects have on the physical.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is one of the few adaptations that gives a splendid novel the film it deserves.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Impeccably made, uncompromising in its implacable vision of the deranging power of love, sex and controlled substances, this savage and staggering film knows how to take our breath away.