Kenneth Turan
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For 1,924 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 10.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Listen to Me Marlon
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
1,924 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    There's nothing really wrong with all this in theory, but the overall doofiness of the execution is finally too much to overcome. The filmmakers come off like their protagonist, wide-eyed tourists in an exotic realm. If you've been looking for a martial arts film to take granny and the kids to, this might be the one, but a Jackie Chan-Jet Li collaboration deserves better than that.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    In practice this mélange of imagery is aimed more at the inside of Reggio's head than anywhere else. Unless you are able to get on his quasi-experimental wavelength, a dicey proposition at best, Visitors will miss your solar plexus entirely and instead put you right to sleep. With one exception.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The other, unintentional lesson taught here is that it's easier to make a mouse talk than to come up with something interesting for him to say.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A lovingly rendered visual treat struggles with indifferent direction and torpid plot.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A potato chip of a movie. Tasty and lightweight, it's fine for a cinematic snack, if that's what you're looking for. Making it an entire meal, however, really isn't advisable.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It's an acceptable film, but the story of family ties and forgiveness simply cannot manage the emotional connections it is desperate for.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It's well crafted by director Michael Hoffman, not painful to sit through, and even contains some 21st century plot twists -- But unless you have a predisposition toward this kind of thing, none of that is going to matter much.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Despite the linked advantages of generous helpings of the man's high octane music and a star performance by Chadwick Boseman that's little short of heroic, Get on Up is more frustrating than fulfilling, a disjointed film that suffers from having a more ambitious plan than it's got the ability to execute.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Instead of pushing for tough answers to difficult questions, this film is content to mythologize Thompson's bad-boy behavior, celebrating things like his willingness to drink a bottle of bourbon a day and go hunting with a submachine gun.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    There is nothing to be embarrassed about here, neither is there much to relish, for Mary Reilly has more of the sheen of art than its essence.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It once again confuses a kind of juvenile titillation with insight and treats the ability to make audiences squirm as a pinnacle of film art.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Has trouble seeming real. Its back story, involving the sins of Detective LaMarca's own father, feels contrived and the eventual resolution is simultaneously shaky and too pat.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    This is the biggest surprise of all -- it's hard to watch Going Upriver without wondering, frankly, what became of the young John Kerry, who comes off so exceptionally well in this film.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The film's plot gets so convoluted no nongamer older than 14 will be able to follow it all.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Though what he does here pretty much defines coasting, Nicholson just fooling around adds an energy to even the kind of hopelessly contrived material that lets you know that the lowest common denominator just got lower.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    This is a chance to see Shakespeare with mud wrestling, something the Bard surely would have put in if only he'd thought of it himself… Though the actors have no major problems handling the language, the whole venture is listless when it should be sparkling. Shakespeare, even with mud wrestling, needn't be quite so much of a slog. [14 May 1999, Calendar, p.F-6]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The longer it goes, the more frustrating it becomes, as Bar Lev declines to come down on one side or the other.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    What it really is is an unapologetic cartoon, a harum-scarum endeavor that's so comically frantic it wears you out as much as it entertains.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Though Reign of Fire's concept of a humans-versus-dragons smackdown is a good one, the way it's worked out on screen is more silly than compelling.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Turns out to be a film that's interesting in spite of itself. It's less an impartial investigation than an advocacy film, having been hijacked by the members of the "inner sanctum."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The film's underlying concept is so irredeemably screwy and far-fetched that no amount of fine work can hope to make it convincing.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    So unashamedly confusing, so intent on piling twist upon twist upon twist, it makes your head hurt just trying to figure out what's happened.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Not only does it feel like an exclusive party at which there is definitely no room for the uninitiated, its waves of idolization barely leave room for the band itself. Good as they are, They Might Be Giants deserve a better film.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A pleasant diversion, a lightly amusing criminal comedy with a plot so complicated even the people in it can't quite believe what's happening.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    As much as we intellectually admire Jarhead, it's a cold film that only sporadically makes the kind of emotional connection it's after.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Earnest, gee-whiz and foursquare, this simple and intentionally inoffensive sequel gets points for being easy to take and scrupulously avoiding obvious sources of irritation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    You can't have Rushmore without Max, and though Anderson obviously planned it this way, the kid is finally too off-putting to tolerate.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Even though all the supporting elements of a superior film are here, the actual plot that everything is at the service of is disappointing. The texture of reality and the sheen of fine craft disguise this for a while, but not forever.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    For all its surface verisimilitude and for all its focus on a problem that couldn't be more current, this film can't manage to feel more than sporadically real.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    [Barthes'] measured, distanced style brings a certain stiffness to the proceedings and makes us miss even more than usual the Emma Bovary interior monologue that makes the book so memorable.

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