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 A Hard Day's Night (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 The Green Hornet
Score distribution:
2037 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    For very much like Peter, it has clearly gotten harder for this director to break free of the lure of material things and believe in simple magic. And whatever problems his Hook has, there are none that making the film on half of its budget wouldn't have cured.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though ably acted and indisputably on the side of the angels, Suffragette as directed by Sarah Gavron is more dead-on earnest and schematic than it needs to be.
    • 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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The remarkable things about the new film, adapted by Vicente Leñero and directed by Carlos Carrera, are how smoothly it has been transposed to today's Mexico and how far good acting and skillful directing have gone toward tempering those melodramatic roots.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Even if Dan and Gretta charm each other more than they charm us, the music they make is harder to resist than they are.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    One overstuffed movie, but it's by no means a turkey.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The sheer physical presence of these creatures is much more believable and convincing than what can be generously characterized as the film's plot.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    We have a right to yawn, but we don't, and Sarah Polley is the reason.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though a definite improvement on the last three abortive Star Wars prequels directed by series creator George Lucas, The Force Awakens is only at its best in fits and starts, its success dependent on who of its mix of franchise veterans and first-timers is on the screen.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Alternately riveting and wearying, up-to-the-minute relevant as well as self-mythologizingly self-indulgent — as much of a heroic origins story as anything out of the Marvel factory — Straight Outta Compton ends up juggling more story lines and moods than it can handle.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    This film feels completely haphazard, thrown together without much concern for organizing intelligence.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though everyone tries her or his hardest to make it otherwise, this is by definition a place-holder film that exists not so much for itself but to smooth the transition from its hugely successful predecessors to a presumably glorious finale one year hence.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A forced march toward certain disaster, a scenario only passionate believers in predestination are likely to savor.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    This melding of two cinematic sensibilities, though effective at moments, is finally not as exciting or involving as it we'd like it to be.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Bardem's performance is so good it tends to mask how lacking much of what surrounds it is.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Although the pulp energy that Blomkamp brings to this material makes it consistently watchable, the film doesn't feel as singular as we would have hoped.
    • 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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Tentpoles are rarely guilty of overreaching, but Tomorrowland has a tendency to feel out of control, a film that is finally more ambitious than accomplished.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Salerno, as if he's unsure of what he's got, goes to great lengths to heighten the drama with crisp editing, a strong score, frequent sound effects and snappy visuals.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    This Walking Tall does have the Rock, and that, both physically and metaphorically, is no small thing.

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