For 1,815 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 10.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Clueless
Lowest review score: 0 The Cell
Score distribution:
1,815 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Romantic but pitiless, fearlessly emotional as well as edgy, Rust and Bone is a powerhouse.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A perfect storm of a motion picture, with an icy, immaculate director unexpectedly taking on deeply emotional subject matter.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Directed by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz and winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, this is the second superb Israeli documentary (after "The Gatekeepers") to come to town in less than a month and deal fearlessly with an aspect of that country's legal and political system.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A documentary potent enough to alter how you see the world.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Effortless and effervescent, Frances Ha is a small miracle of a movie, honest and funny with an aim that's true.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Part science fiction scare movie, part offbeat romance, part completely unclassifiable, "Color" is also one-man filmmaking of a remarkable sort.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It's one terrific film, as smart, thoughtful and emotionally involving as just about anything that's out there.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Silence is an exemplary German-language thriller, a complex and disturbing examination of guilt, violence and psychological torment that chills us to the core not once but two times over.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    From Up on Poppy Hill is frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see. It's a time-machine dream of a not-so-distant past, a sweet and honestly sentimental story that also represents a collaboration between the greatest of Japanese animators and his up-and-coming son.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Made with assurance and deep emotion, Fruitvale Station is more than a remarkable directing debut for 26-year-old Ryan Coogler. It's an outstanding film by any standard.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    An invigorating powerhouse of a personal documentary, adventurous and absolutely fascinating.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    [Russell's] dizzying, outlandishly entertaining American Hustle is a 21-first century screwball farce about 20th-century con men, scam artists and those who dream of living large, a film that is big hearted and off the wall in equal measure.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It's a mind-bending film, devastating and disorienting, that disturbs us in ways we're not used to being disturbed, raising questions about the nature of documentary, the persistence of evil, and the intertwined ways movies function in our culture and in our minds.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Short Term 12 is a small wonder, a film of exceptional naturalness and empathy that takes material about troubled teenagers and young adults that could have been generic and turns it into something moving and intimate.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Nebraska offers something deeper and more mature, the ability to make us care about its characters and their story on a different level than Payne has given us before.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Her
    Acerbic, emotional, provocative, it's a risky high dive off the big board with a plot that sounds like a gimmick but ends up haunting, odd and a bit wonderful.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Powered by Kore-eda's innate restraint and natural empathy, Like Father, Like Son takes these characters to places they never expected to be. It's unnerving for them, of course, but watching so many hearts hanging in the balance is a rare privilege for us.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    You feel protective about Leigh's work because its almost indescribable virtues touch the heart, yet far from being some delicate flower, Life Is Sweet has the wild, brazen, anything-goes energy of a 2-year-old, willing to take chances that would freeze the blood of another, more timidly conventional film.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    When on-the-ground reality is conveyed with the complexity and fascination it is here, unforgettable documentaries are always the result.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The film perfectly understands the tentative experimentation and frequent self-loathing of adolescence, the difficulty of knowing whom to trust and how much to trust them, as well as how incendiary an age this can be, with uncertain psyches ready to explode at minimal provocation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A ferocious psychological drama with the pace of a thriller, Child's Pose combines, as have the best of the Romanian new-wave films, a compelling personal story about mothers and sons with an examination of socio-political dynamics in a way that is both intense and piercingly real.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Glaciers might be melting, the polar caps might be crumbling, but not even the passage of half a century has taken the frozen edge off this brilliantly icy film.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Heartbreaking, haunting and unexpectedly heartening, First Cousin Once Removed is an uncommonly moving documentary portrait of a mind in disarray.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    To see The Wind Rises is to simultaneously marvel at the work of a master and regret that this film is likely his last.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Invisible Woman is an exceptional film about love, longing and regret. It's further proof, if proof were needed, that classic filmmaking done with passion, sensitivity and intelligence results in cinema fully capable of blowing you away.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Square bears witness to history in an articulate, thoughtful and intensely dramatic way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The writer-director's familiar style blends with a group of unexpected factors to create a magnificently cockeyed entertainment.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    [A] crackerjack thriller, at once brooding, claustrophobic and unbearably tense.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Ilo Ilo is writer-director Anthony Chen's first film, but breathtaking intimacy in storytelling is already second nature to him.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Ida
    Spare, haunting, uncompromising, Ida is a film of exceptional artistry whose emotions are as potent and persuasive as its images are indelibly beautiful.