Kenneth Turan
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For 1,915 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 Lebanon
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
1,915 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    If The Hudsucker Proxy is a triumph, it is a zombie one. Too cold, too elegant, too perfect, more an exhibit in a cinema museum than a flesh-and-blood film, "Proxy's" highly polished surface leaves barely any space for an audience's emotional connection. [11 Mar 1994, p.1]
    • Los Angeles 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
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    With characters this alive, it's a pity that no one was able to build a more convincing film around them, instead of leaving everyone more or less out there on their own. [13 May 1994, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Actress Kristy Swanson provides the ideal combination of energy and comic disdain that characterize a most unlikely savior. While it would be a mistake to oversell Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the sad and/or happy truth is that you could do worse on a warm summer night. A lot worse. [31 Jul 1992, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It is a laconic, enigmatic piece of work, displaying the grace with spoken language that marked "Glengarry Glen Ross" but troublesome in terms of structure and character development.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Better than the fiasco that was "Ocean's Twelve" (how could it not be?) but not as engaging as "Ocean's Eleven."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Loving and well-intentioned though this film is, it never convinces you that its subject matter merits this kind of idealized, worshipful attention. [09 Oct 1992]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    THE Kingdom has some power but not enough sense. A ripped-from-today's-headlines thriller, it wants us to feel as if we're watching something relevant when what's really going on is a slick excuse for efficient mayhem that's not half as smart as it would like to be.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Things are sporadically troublesome about the film. The story goes in and out of being self-consciously earnest and ponderous, a situation that numerous tight close-ups of people's eyes does nothing to help.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Ultimately satisfying and successful version of the opening volume of the celebrated "His Dark Materials" trilogy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The Kite Runner is a house divided against itself. The Marc Forster-directed version of the Khaled Hosseini novel does one part of the story so well that its success underlines what's lacking in what remains.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    This is a film bound and determined to do whatever it takes to be your Valentine. If it had trusted itself more, it might even have succeeded.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A sweet and somber film that works hard to overcome its limitations.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though Girls Rock! is nothing if not well meaning, it doesn't always feel like the best possible film on the subject.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though Iron Man is diverting enough in the comic-book-movie mode, there is one thing it doesn't have, and that is dramatic unity. Unlike the irreducible element that is its namesake, Iron Man the movie is an alloy, a combination of several different and disconnected components that don't manage to unite to make a coherent whole.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    What Surfwise reveals is that the dark side of the surfing doctor was that he could be a terrible tyrant, someone whose controlling, self-centered rigidity limited his children in ways large and small as much as it gave them richer lives.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The result is solid and efficient, if unadventurous, illustrating both the lure and the limitations of comic book extravaganzas.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Bardem's performance is so good it tends to mask how lacking much of what surrounds it is.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The two men collaborate so well, in fact, that the real love match of Appaloosa is between the two of them and no one else.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A brisk and violent action programmer that can't help being unintentionally silly at times.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A self-satisfied film about insecure people, a quirky and episodic comic drama that squanders its genuine assets and ends up not as special as it tries to be.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Constrained by the plot of the novel, the film keeps the two lovers apart for quite a spell, robbing the project of the crazy-in-love energy that made "Twilight," the first entry in the series, such a guilty pleasure.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    All this is good as far as it goes, but the problem is the good parts don't last long enough.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    If you want to see old-fashioned nonstop mayhem with stars so venerable that "The Leathernecks" (and I don't mean Marines) might be an alternative title, reviews are going to be superfluous. If you don't want to go, no review can change your mind.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Overall, these brief sections, which feature both authors on camera, come off more like self-congratulatory infomercials than they should.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Secretariat shows no fear of the sentimental, and that's putting it mildly. This is an old-fashioned, super-genteel family movie that opens with an equine quote from the Book of Job and makes ample use of the Edwin Hawkins Singers' gospel song "Oh Happy Day."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    If Leaving is a romantic parable, it is a dark and depressing one, emphasizing not the sensuality of attraction but rather the obsessive side of romantic behavior. This is mad love for sure, and that is not usually a pretty picture.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Rachel McAdams gives the kind of performance we go to the movies for. The rest of the film isn't always up to her level, but it does provide genial entertainment until it runs out of steam.

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