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 Captain Phillips
Lowest review score: 0 Lethal Weapon 4
Score distribution:
1,924 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Aside from Paltrow's performance, Sylvia is neither a film so spectacular it shouldn't be missed nor something so tepid you have to stay away.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Does have a satisfying ending and it's nice to see a G-rated film without bathroom humor, but there is too much formula and not enough reason to pay attention here.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though it would be dishonest to call this an unqualified success, it would be churlish not to tip the hat to Love Actually's genuine charm.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though it has loftier aims, it is in reality strictly a film made by believers for believers. It's like the Discovery Channel version of the Greatest Story Ever Told, an earnest, not particularly distinguished piece of work that has none of the touch of the poet that made Pasolini's "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" such a triumph.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A film truly geared to the 6-year-old level. If not younger.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It's a nervy, quasi-documentary scheme that's often successful, perhaps more so than you'd expect for this kind of a hybrid endeavor. But Macdonald's technique eventually turns out to be as distancing as it is involving, paradoxically undercutting the reality as often as it enhances it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The film's drawback, and it is a serious one, is that few of its characters wear very well. The more we see them, the less they involve us and hold our interest, a situation not helped by the bombastic, theatrical style of acting a few of the performers have felt free to employ.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The latest in Hollywood's almost biblical procession of disaster films, Deep Impact tries with moderate success to be more than just the sum of its special effects.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Robert Redford, who for the first time stars in a movie he's also directed, has taken this soap opera material and treated it like something inscribed on yak vellum by the Dalai Lama.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    What saved "Schindler's List" from this self-conscious nobility was the ambiguity of Oskar Schindler's personality and Spielberg's willingness to treat incendiary material coolly. The lesson he seemed to have learned there, that the strongest stories call for the greatest restraint, is one he has at least partially forgotten here.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Heavy on swordplay and spectacle, it's so intent on reviving the costume epics of the past it doesn't realize it's trying to be too many things to too many people until it collapses under its own weight.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though originality is not one of its accomplishments, Anastasia is generally pleasant, serviceable and eager to please.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    This Walking Tall does have the Rock, and that, both physically and metaphorically, is no small thing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Mulan has its accomplishments, but unlike the best of Disney's output, it comes off as more manufactured than magical.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    That rare comic book movie that actually feels like a comic book. Which turns out to be mostly, but not entirely, a good thing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    An acceptable star vehicle, no better or worse than it should be, a well-worn standard diversion that gets the job done without eliciting either howls of fury or paroxysms of delight.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    With its shrewd mixture of paranoia and the paranormal, the way its elaborate mythology combines enigmatic phenomena with potent cabals intent on running the world, The X-Files experience resembles "Twin Peaks" crossed with "The Twilight Zone."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Genial and entertaining if not notably inspired. But its most interesting aspect turns out to be fantasies of another kind, pipe dreams about the American political system and where it could theoretically be headed.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Veteran director Roger Spottiswoode has tried to pep the old warhorse up, but the combined inertia of all those pictures over 35 years proves hard to budge.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though enlivened by occasional touches, "Smilla's" is like the food at Taco Bell: exotic only to someone who hasn't experienced the real thing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Directed in bold, energetic strokes by Taylor Hackford, "Devil" is fine disreputable fun at first, a stylish and watchable hoot. But then its tone changes, the plot goes gimmicky and bombastic speeches about the nature of good and evil clutter the airwaves and confuse the issue.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    As frigid as its name. Burdened with a story of some of the world's least interesting people going through a holiday crisis, director Ang Lee and screenwriter James Schamus get as close as any creative team could to making matters involving, but the task is finally too much for them.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Yes, it's inventive, yes, it's out-there and audacious, but no, it's not always as funny as those good things would lead you to hope.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    What The Peacemaker doesn't do well, though it tries, is bring much in the way of emotion or character development to the table.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Beautifully made but emotionally empty, it exists only for the sensation of its provocative moments.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though Overnight seems to be cautioning us about the excesses of filmmaker ego, it isn't always consistent.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Despite involved acting and Nichols' impeccable professionalism as a director, the end result is, to quote one of the characters, "a bunch of sad strangers photographed beautifully."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Frustrating though it can be, Spanglish still proves to be as resilient as its characters.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    For the future, the Saint is such an unpleasant and predatory manipulator, it's difficult to root for romance. And when Kilmer's mightily convincing Ice King begins to melt, it's so out of character with what's gone before that its believability is touch and go.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It's an intriguing film, one of the year's most interesting, but involving as much of it is, it leaves an unsatisfied taste when it's over.

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