Kenneth Turan

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For 2,037 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 Midnight Special
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
2037 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Drive is a Los Angeles neo-noir, a neon-lit crime story made with lots of visual style. It's a film in love with both traditional noir mythology and ultra-modern violence, a combination that is not ideal.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    What's surprising about this traditional thriller, moderately successful but not completely satisfying, is exactly how genteel and unsurprising the execution turns out to be.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Unashamedly silly, inevitably erratic, it has so much fun sending up the world of exploitation filmmaking that even the most serious film student won't be able to suppress a laugh or two. Maybe even more.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A Perfect Murder begins better than it ends, and the pleasures it offers turn out to be more of a transitory nature.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Half science-fiction tale, half espionage thriller, it's a pleasantly far-fetched endeavor that moves along so briskly that it leaves no time to consider its implausibilities, which are many.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Those who enjoy the old-fashioned Hollywood pleasure of seeing divergent threads neatly pulled together will be more than satisfied.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The result is solid and efficient, if unadventurous, illustrating both the lure and the limitations of comic book extravaganzas.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A brisk and violent action programmer that can't help being unintentionally silly at times.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Impressive but uninviting, Wyatt Earp is easier to admire from a distance than pull up a chair and enjoy close-up. A self-conscious attempt at epic filmmaking that feels orchestrated as much as directed, it has noticeable virtues but chooses not to wear them lightly. And at three hours plus, it finally encourages audiences to feel as trail weary and exhausted as any of its characters. [24 Jun 1994, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The result is that "Spider-Man" goes in and out of focus. This is a film that is memorable in pieces but not as a whole.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    K-19's determination to push hard for self-congratulatory morals and convenient resolutions undercut the film's strengths and make it more conventional.
    • 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
    There is often not enough space for all these personalities to truly play out. They tend to become types rather than people, representatives of classes and points of view more than individual human beings.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Snyder stands revealed here as more of a beginner than a visionary in his uncertain approach to making an on-screen world come alive.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Shyamalan's great gift is the creation of atmosphere, the conjuring of spooky, unseen menace. When he gets around to doing this in Signs, all is well, but it's a tossup as to whether the film offers enough of a payoff considering how long it takes to get where it's going.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Sometimes sweet, sometimes scary, sometimes sour, Oz the Great and Powerful is a film that doesn't know its own mind. A partially effective jumble whose elements clash rather than cohere, this solid but not spectacular effort stubbornly refuses to catch fire until it's almost too late.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    So meticulous in its craftsmanship and so earnest in its storytelling that it feels both physically and spiritually airbrushed.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Chomsky deserves a more thoughtful documentary than Power and Terror, and in fact he got it in 1993's "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media" --The film's main flaw is the absence of other voices -- From a cinematic point of view, two sides of an issue are always better than one.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Daniels' pulp instincts do lead to vivid sequences...but this is one significant film where less would have been a whole lot more.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It may be standard-issue stuff, but it looks great and it almost makes you nostalgic for the days when stuntmen reigned supreme and mayhem and computers never knew how much they had in common.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Even when Griffin has a heart of stone, Tim Robbins is lacking in the knid of ice-cold magnetism that allows a thorough bastard to hold the screen like nobody's business. [10 Apr 1992]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A tragedy devastating to experience can feel generic when transferred to the screen, and that, despite everyone's best intentions and an outstanding performance by Nicole Kidman, is what happens with Rabbit Hole.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Ends up insisting on pat and overly tidy resolutions that are at variance with the emotional chaos it's nominally attempting to convey. [12 March 1999, Calendar, p.F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It's hardly a perfect film, not even close, but it is the most entertaining made-for-adults studio movie of the summer, and one of the reasons it works at all is the great skill and commitment Cruise brings to the starring role.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    For a disorganized film that has trouble deciding what it's about, When Comedy Went to School can be a lot of fun.

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