Kenneth Turan
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For 1,904 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 10.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Song of the Sea
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
1,904 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A darkly compelling film from Austria, can be viewed as either a thriller with psychological overtones or a psychological drama with thriller elements.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Couldn't be more unlikely, more unfashionable -- or more compelling.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    An exquisite performance by Charlotte Rampling, whose work as Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya, the matriarch of the great estate the cherry orchard sits on, is the film's dazzling centerpiece.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Pride is an unapologetic crowd-pleaser of a movie, but it has some potent points to make, and the reality of what happened has a power of its own.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A completely charming reality-based romantic fantasy, both sweet-natured and sympathetic, Show Me Love is a leader of the pack.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Intimate and human yet deeply ambitious, a powerhouse of a film made with a disturbing vision.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Starring Brad Pitt in top movie star form, it's a film that's impressive and surprising.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    While other films struggle for their effects, Brothers simply lives and breathes, thoroughly likable from beginning to end.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Intoxicating and meditative by turns, helped by Fred Frith's minimalist score, this film opens a portal into a singular creative mind.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    If Watermark does nothing else, it will make you question society's contradictory view of water use.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Off-and-on cynical and sentimental, Russell's darkly comic tale shows how much can be done with familiar material when you're burning to do things differently and have the gifts to pull that off.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It's the style of the thing, not the plot, that is the attraction here, the great way the cast has with the snarky dialogue.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    One thing that makes Lunchbox so strong is that a touch of melancholy hangs over its sweetness. Finally this is a film about the wheel of life, about what helps us cope with its turns and find our way in its unforgiving labyrinth.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    There is a sophistication about affairs of the heart, about the wisdom and the risks of romantic involvement that is more than quintessentially French. It's irresistible as well.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is an enormously impressive piece of work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Lumumba is potent stuff. Complex, powerful, intensely dramatic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A story that won't go away, won't leave you alone, won't let you feel at ease. Intensely dramatic, filled with elevated heroism, crass self-interest and blatant stupidity, it's a paradigmatic narrative of our tendentious, turbulent times.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A wildly cinematic futuristic thriller that is determined to overpower the imagination, The Matrix combines traditional science-fiction premises with spanking new visual technology in a way that almost defies description.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A handsomely mounted, graceful production that is well-played across the board.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Filmmaker Sauper put himself in harm's way numerous times to get so inside the situation, and the intimacy of his technique, his willingness to avoid hectoring voice-overs and simply talk quietly with his subjects, adds compelling believability.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    French films traditionally take France and its eternal appeal for granted. Summer Hours is the rare film that worries about that, worries about the future, and that proves to be invaluable.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A marvel of a documentary, a clear-eyed and affectionate film that tells a remarkable story with both visual and personal sensitivity. More impressive still, it's largely the work of one man.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A potent and imaginative creative biography of virtuoso percussionist Glennie.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A surprisingly satisfying combination of bawdy sexual humor, genuine emotion and a plot with mechanics so excessive that Almodóvar himself calls it "a screwball drama."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It is Mulligan and most especially Fassbender that give the film its power. The desperation, hostility and despair he conveys through the act of sex make Shame a film that is difficult to watch but even harder to turn away from.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This clever bag of tricks is made with so much cinematic skill it makes implausibility irrelevant. What happens on screen is unapologetically far-fetched, but it unfolds with enough panache to make turning away out of the question.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Not just an especially subtle and thoughtful psychological drama, it's a provocative, even an unnerving one as well.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Cronos surprises with its sophisticated and spirited look at a tale straight from the crypt. [22 Apr 1994]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The wonderful thing about Band of Outsiders is that the daring elements that jazzed audiences then have the same power to intoxicate all these years later.

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