Kenneth Turan
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For 1,831 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 35% 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 Shakespeare in Love
Lowest review score: 0 Being Human
Score distribution:
1,831 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    As unspoiled in its key elements as the day it was made, "On the Waterfront" is indisputably one of the great American films, its power undiminished. Even more today than half a century ago, it demands to be seen.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Toy Story 2 may not have the most original title, but everything else about it is, well, mint in the box.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Although its computer-generated imagery is impressive, the major surprise of this bright foray into a new kind of animation is how much cleverness has been invested in story and dialogue.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A powerhouse. Highly dramatic and intensely emotional, blessed with strong themes and an unstoppable narrative drive, it is adult, intelligent entertainment of a kind we rarely see these days.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Like taking a drug everyone says is dynamite and impatiently wondering why the heck it's not kicking in. The kick in fact turns out to be real, and as powerful as advertised, but it doesn't necessarily hit you in any way you anticipated.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It's typical of the nerve, the bravado, the sheer giddy playfulness and sense of fun that characterize what has to be the boldest and most imaginative studio film of the year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Fast, funny, unexpected and uninhibited, The Triplets of Belleville may be animated, but it is also the product of an artistic vision every bit as rigorous as any lofty Cannes prize-winner. Hearing about a film this special isn't enough. It demands to be seen, and it generously rewards those who, like Madame Souza, let nothing stand in their way.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Adventurous, provocative, even daring.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    See it and it'll stay with you as your own memories do: funny, poignant, bittersweet and irreplaceable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A whole world can be fit into 76 minutes, and that's what the splendid documentary OT: our town manages to do.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The fact that this kind of serious material ends up playing puckishly funny as well as poignant is a tribute both to Coppola and to her do-or-die decision to cast Murray in the lead role.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Prepare to be astonished by Spirited Away.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Simultaneously heroic and nihilistic, reeking of myth but modern as they come, it is a Western for those who know and chrish the form, a film that resonates with the spirit of films past while staking out a territory quite its own. [7 Aug 1992]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A major American motion picture, an overpowering piece of work that involves some of the most basic human emotions: love, hate, fear, revenge, despair. Directed by Clint Eastwood with absolute confidence and remarkable control.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A beautifully done adaptation of the novel, polished, elegant and completely cinematic. It is also a bit distant, a film that doesn't wear its feelings on its sleeve, but given the effects it's after, that would be counterproductive. [17 Sept 1993, Calendar, p.F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Effervescent, unflappable, supremely pleased with herself, Cher (delightfully played by the much-publicized Alicia Silverstone) is the comic centerpiece of Clueless, a wickedly funny teen-age farce from writer-director Amy Heckerling that, like its heroine, turns out to have more to it than anyone could anticipate. [19 July 1995]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Led by director Zhang Yimou and dazzling cinematographer Christopher Doyle, the unseen Hero production team has made what just might be the most artistically sophisticated, most formally beautiful martial arts film the genre has seen.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Bird has created the unprecedented film that is not just a grand feature-length cartoon but a grand feature, period, a piece of animation that's involving across a spectrum of comedy, action, even drama.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Likely as not, these things mean nothing in a conventional plot sense, but as powerful images, as pictures from a dreamlike world, they are unforgettable. And that, David Lynch would probably say, is exactly the point.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Overflowing with life, rich with all the grand emotions and vital juices of existence, up to and including blood. And its deaths, like that of Hotspur in "Henry IV, Part I," continue to shock no matter how often we've watched them coming. [16 Mar 1997, Calendar, p.7]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Made with intelligence, imagination, passion and skill, propulsively paced and shot through with an aged-in-oak sense of wonder, the trilogy's first film so thrillingly catches us up in its sweeping story that nothing matters but the vivid and compelling events unfolding on the screen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The strength of sensational material joined to excellent acting, superior filmmaking and uncanny political relevance has made The Manchurian Candidate into exceptionally intelligent entertainment and a high point of director Jonathan Demme's career.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A rich, unnerving film, as comic as it is astringent, that in its own quiet way works up a considerable emotional charge. [8 Oct 1993]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The result is a top-drawer melodrama, a polished example of commercial movie-making that manages to improve on the original while retaining its best-selling spirit. [30 Jun 1993 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Director Spike Lee has made some of the most hard-edged and unsettling American films on racism and its effects. Yet none has been as moving as this. [24 Oct 1997, Pg.F2]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It's the film's glowing visual qualities, a striking performance by Denzel Washington and the elegant control Carl Franklin has over it all that create the most exotic crime entertainment of the season.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    When it comes to unflinching, riveting looks at a compulsive artist who can't be other than who he is, nothing comes close to Crumb.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    People fall in love in every country, but nowhere is the experience put on film with the flawless style, empathy and emotion the French provide. Mademoiselle Chambon is the latest in that line of deeply moving romances, an exquisite chamber piece made with the kind of sensitivity and nuance that's become almost a lost art.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A tremendously exciting science-fiction thriller that's as disturbing as it sounds. This is a popular entertainment with a knockout punch so intense and unnerving it'll have you worrying if it's safe to close your eyes at night.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It is a remarkable work, quite likely the best documentary on the City of Angels ever made.