Kenneth Turan

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For 2,040 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 10.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
2040 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It would be dishonest to deny that Jade Scorpion has amusing moments, but it never gets better than that and often settles for less.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    We have a right to yawn, but we don't, and Sarah Polley is the reason.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The film's plot...is more contrived than creditable, motivations are not always clear, and some characters, for instance Kiefer Sutherland as a praise the lord and pass the ammunition Marine, are not very convincingly acted. [11 Dec 1992]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Self-conscious about its heroism with portrayals that lean toward the glib and the professionally uplifting, the film milks our sympathies too readily to be emotionally convincing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Strongly acted by a highly competent ensemble.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Starring Wesley Snipes as the suave Regis, Murder at 1600 is the modern equivalent of the routine B-picture, diverting in a small potatoes kind of way, though its budget and stars are big league.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Intent as it is on being both artistically and politically involving, The Great Water periodically miscalculates its effects, coming on stronger than it intends.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A slick piece of summer entertainment that is counting on elaborate special effects to make its derivative, convoluted story line all but irrelevant.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though Butcher is appealing, Saint Ralph is anchored by Scott's persuasive work as a model of intelligent decency.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A typically energetic urban action melodrama, offering car chases, beatings, murders, a dog mauling, attempted arson, frequent double-crosses and pitched street battles worthy of Fallouja.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Director Paul Anderson, whose last film was "Mortal Kombat," well knows how to build suspense and increase tension. But counterbalancing all of that is Event Horizon's position as a sci-fi splatter film, intent on drenching the screen in blood and gore whenever possible. [15Aug1997 Pg 16]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Corpse Bride has more warmth and appeal than its title would indicate, but it is finally more grotesque than good-humored. And, even at 75 minutes, it feels longer than its content can comfortably support.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The film's greatest asset and strongest selling point is the former senator from South Dakota himself, thoughtful and articulate at age 83, who talks candidly, even eloquently, about his political career.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    But bearing witness can be a complex thing and in its concern to illuminate Sarajevo is prone to overkill, to trying too hard to squeeze in every troubling wartime incident.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Oblivious to niceties like subtlety, plausibility and discretion, it rushes heedlessly toward its destination of audience arousal. Like a flood, the impact is undeniable but it's not something everyone will want to get in the way of. [24Jul1996 Pg. F.01]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Directed by Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg, Pocahontas is on the formulaic side, a copy that duplicates what its predecessors have done, only a little less adroitly and with a little less style. [16Jun1995 Pg. F.01]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    To see this overly schematic movie, is to be made to feel -- inaccurately as it turns out -- that the whole thing is a hopelessly exaggerated fabrication. The taint of the melodramatic techniques used in key segments infects the entire movie and makes us question the truth of a significant historical reality.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Yet with so much going for it, the film's creators have made the classic Hollywood choice and treated its actresses like flesh-and-blood special effects. If you've got talent like this, or so the theory goes, a coherent story is a luxury that can be dispensed with.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Not as satisfying as the old and unimproved version. In a zealous attempt to broaden its appeal, the Zorro franchise has drifted from the qualities that made the previous film so successful.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Plays like the setup for a movie that never materializes. It has all the elements for a successful comedy, but once the premise is presented, the film doesn't know how to deliver on its promise. That doesn't mean there is no fun in "Fun."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    As the only Austen work to be named after its heroine, Emma must have an engaging performance in the title role to succeed at all, and fortunately Gwyneth Paltrow, after a slow start, completely wins us over.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though comedy is an intrinsic part of the play, director Zaks has not found a way to translate it effectively on screen.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    While the story plays better on the page than the screen and some of the film's elements work better than others, a proficient Ron Howard version of things is certainly competent if only occasionally thrilling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Star Routh's presence and the joys of flight keep Superman Returns alive, but all those missteps dog its heels, holding it back like little touches of Kryptonite in the night.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    This overly derivative motion picture thinks it is doing and saying more than it is. Instead, it ends up as little more than a reasonable facsimile of the real thing, despite a subtle and effective performance by Ben Affleck, of all people.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Director Taylor Hackford brings an appropriate level of pulpy energy to the telling, and star Kathy Bates... gives a better performance than the film deserves as the grumpy and possibly homicidal title character.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    In a sense it's a shame that Cocaine Cowboys is so obsessed by violence, because the film has interesting points to make.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Genuinely moving at times, Philadelphia is trying, perhaps too hard, to break America's heart. [22 Dec 1993, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    As sanctimonious as it is sincere, this is a well-meaning picture that is seriously stuck on itself, that can't hide its air of self-satisfaction. [25 Dec 1991]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Despite a weakness for trying to tie things up with melodramatic violence, Singleton remains a fluid filmmaker who works well with actors. He may not be there yet, but he is on the road.

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