Kenneth Turan
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For 1,865 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 10.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Truman Show
Lowest review score: 0 The Green Hornet
Score distribution:
1,865 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Its charming story of the delicate intersection of three highly individual lives is the kind of completely personal yet universal film that the festival and the entire independent movement came into being to celebrate. And it does it all in 88 deft and funny minutes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    What results is a thoughtful, analytical yet still emotional film, meticulously investigated and absolutely compelling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It turns out to be an especially warm comedy with a hidden heart. It's a film whose humor has feeling behind it because writer-director Peter Hedges doesn't let his comedy overpower an understanding of how emotionally weighted family situations are always going to be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Few actors can be as convincing as leaders of men, and to see Crowe as Capt. Jack Aubrey in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is to see a consummate performer doing what he does best.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The combined intensity of these two performances (Jones and Blanchett) obliterates objections and raises the stakes in what might otherwise have been a standard western.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A beautifully made, unapologetically artistic piece of work.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    If there is one moment in The Language of Music that will thrill old rock fans, it's watching Dowd, his fluid hands moving with a surgeon's grace, remix for the film's benefit the 24-track sub-master of "Layla."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    What A Bug's Life demonstrates is that when it comes to bugs, the most fun ones to hang out with hang exclusively with the gang at Pixar.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    There's nothing casual about the way this film has been put together, yet that painstaking care leads to laughter that is completely unrestrained.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Love and Death on Long Island is sharp, sophisticated and completely delicious, a purposeful comedy that focuses on the power of screen images to uproot lives and the poignancy of amour fou, totally mad love.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Smart and beguiling, it manages the impressive feat of believing wholeheartedly in the power of love without checking its mind at the door.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    One
    If you care about the best kind of independent filmmaking, if you want the option of experiencing artistic films when you go to the movies, missing out on One is not an option. When a film like this appears, attention should be paid.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    As meditative and beautiful as its title would indicate. What is a surprise is the extent to which it manages to be involving if you can put yourself on its wavelength.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Working with excellent site-specific music and this trio of exemplary -- and exceptionally well-cast -- actresses, director Bertuccelli does a superb job of touching just the right emotional notes in recounting the consequences of deception and the importance of family.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Director Demme has done other potent and meaningful films, but The Agronomist defers to none of them in its effectiveness and its power.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The more things change, the more we have to laugh if we are to have a prayer of remaining sane, and the Pythons are the best possible step in that direction.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Leisurely yet intense (Sayles does the editing himself), Lone Star reveals a director whose mastery does nothing but increase. Perhaps now his audience will as well.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Think of writer-director Waters as the Frank Capra of an alternate universe and this film as his genially twisted version of "It's a Wonderful Life," and you'll begin to understand.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A bravura act of self-revelation, its vivid portrait of one man's fears, fantasies and neuroses uses a mixture of reality, imagination and comedy to create one of the writer-director's most involving films.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Contact is superior popular filmmaking, both polished and effective. But despite its success and its serious intentions, it's finally a movie where the storytelling makes more of an impact than the story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    As a result of Mann's craftsmanship and concern, Collateral crackles with energy and purpose, a propulsive film with character on its mind and confident men and women on both sides of the camera.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Mean Creek's greatest asset is its sense of truth. It doesn't pander to or indulge its characters like the teen films we're used to. It looks at them straight ahead and with respect. It's something you wish Hollywood, and even parents, did more often.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Taut, atmospheric, impeccably made psychological thriller.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Soulful and reflective film, as gentle as it is potent.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A remarkable and remarkably compelling document.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Genteelly erotic, surprisingly emotional, exquisitely made from start to finish.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    One terrific concert film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A gloriously cynical black comedy that functions as a wicked smart satire on the interlocking worlds of politics and show business, Wag the Dog confirms every awful thought you've ever had about media manipulation and the gullibility of the American public. And it has a great deal of fun doing it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Intelligently written and directed with a pleasing frankness by Bill Condon and well played by Liam Neeson, Laura Linney and a strong supporting cast, the film skillfully uses the forms of old Hollywood to tell a story that would have given heart failure to Harry Cohn and his fellow tycoons.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The most accurate assault against the media age since "Network," To Die For's killer lines and wicked sensibility are given added poignancy by the off-center, sensitive performance of Joaquin Phoenix, River's younger brother, the only person more deluded about Suzanne than she is about herself.

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