Kenneth Turan

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For 1,933 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 10.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 A Christmas Tale
Lowest review score: 0 The Green Hornet
Score distribution:
1,933 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    With two of the world's biggest stars in tow, the creators of The Devil's Own can be forgiven for figuring that nothing else really mattered. If you've got Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt, do you really need a coherent script? Unfortunately for everyone concerned, the answer is yes.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Any time you're watching a film in which the statistics in the voice-over have more intrinsic drama than the protagonists' lives, you know you're in trouble.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A warmhearted horror show that puts cliched movie people into a realistic situation, the signals it sends out are nothing but mixed.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Though it is always pleasant and agreeable, this film has the bland and undemanding texture that characterizes movies made for network TV.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A persuasive thriller for most of its length, it stumbles in its attempt to become an upscale version of "Death Wish" and other vigilante dramas and ends up derailing with a soft thud.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Turns into a film that is too ostentatiously pleased with itself, so in love with its own cleverness it doesn't notice it's darn near worn you out.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    What results is a film with some bright spots but whose effect is finally as muddled and wearying as the event itself sometimes is.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    While films are admired for making fantasy real, some manage a reverse, unwanted kind of alchemy, turning involving reality into meaningless piffle.
    • 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
    A motion picture with one foot in artistic expression and one in pulp fiction and commercialized violence. It wants the respect that goes with a quality production, but it can't resist providing the brutality and exploitation the film's core audience expects.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Although he works his hardest at the part and doesn't embarrass himself, even with the help of Stan Winston's vampire makeup Tom Cruise is plainly miscast as Lestat. [11Nov1994 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Anyone looking for the kind of comic brio that Dustin Hoffman and company brought to "Tootsie" will not find it here. [24 Nov 1993 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    So it is a surprise to say that the biggest mystery this legal thriller presents is how a film based on a novel by John Grisham, starring the bankable duo of [Julia Roberts Darby Shaw] and [Denzel Washington Gray Grantham] and written and directed by veteran Alan J. Pakula can end up more of a fizzle than an explosion. [17 Dec 1993 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Like "The Addams Family" before it, this is one of those clever, lively and ultimately wearying pieces of showy Hollywood machinery where a glut of creativity has gone into the visuals with only scraps left over for the plot and the dialogue. [27 May 1994 Pg.F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The film is well intentioned and mildly diverting, but in attempting to modernize its story it has lost many of the things that make the original so memorable and not gained much in return.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Yet, there is also little doubt that when it comes to extreme physical humor, Carrey is remarkably gifted, a throwback to the vintage antics of Jerry Lewis or even the slapstick gang of silent comedy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    For though it is a reasonable facsimile of a successful thriller, this film (named after a barrier that protects computers from hackers) never manages to be more than mildly effective.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Unfortunately, absent a more objective context, Trudell's gnomic utterances do little to support those sentiments. By preaching so relentlessly to the choir, this film misses an opportunity to show what got them to sing in the first place.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    While it's difficult to dislike what this film tries to do, the way it does it is more problematic.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    LaGravenese... has understood that the worst of Bridges is not in its dialogue but in the silent musings that occupy its characters' minds. By keeping those thoughts unspoken, by allowing the camera to show instead of having words tell, much has been accomplished.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A performer of formidable self-absorption, Johnston has inspired a film with the same trait, and the results are about what you might expect.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Harron has said she was determined to be nonjudgmental about Page, to do justice to the woman's "mystery and ambiguity." In practice, however, that attitude plays as coldness, and Page, for all her remarkable zest, comes off as a not terribly interesting person we're given no incentive to become involved with.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    This third installment of the popular series about fast cars and the posturing boys who love them is best viewed as an energetic cartoon, an unintentionally amusing, head-shaking guilty pleasure that will divert those not in the mood for anything more profound than gleaming metal and preening women.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The problem is not so much that World Trade Center is an attempt to make a feel-good movie about a ghastly situation, it's that the result feels forced, manufactured and largely -- but not entirely -- unconvincing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The problem is that the first half of Infamous is nowhere near as comic as McGrath intends. Instead the picture gives off a tone of arch stylization that plays as artificial, overwrought and off-putting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    By having Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter play the maniacs' feisty antagonists, the filmmakers seem to believe that they've made a significant feminist statement, the movie's two hours-plus of almost continual sadistic abuse of women notwithstanding. Even in an industry known for self-delusion, that is quite a feat.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Russell Crowe is invariably involving on screen, and Ridley Scott is a splendid director when the material is right. No film they collaborate on will be devoid of interest, but A Good Year almost is.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    This is not a chance to "experience the most timeless of stories as you've never seen it before" but just the opposite: an opportunity, for those who want it, to encounter this story exactly the way it's almost always been told.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Numerous good things can be said about Apocalypto, the director's foray into the decaying Mayan civilization of the early 1500s, but every last one of them is overshadowed by Gibson's well-established penchant for depictions of stupendous amounts of violence.

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