Kenneth Turan
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For 1,903 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 Ponyo
Lowest review score: 0 Fair Game
Score distribution:
1,903 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A magnificent film almost no one knows about, this hidden classic offers a wider variety of pleasures than most contemporary works can even aspire to.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Ratatouille is as audacious as they come. It takes risks and goes places other films wouldn't dare, and it ends up putting rival imaginations in the shade.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It enables us to recapture exactly the delightful sensations felt all those years ago when we and the world were young and exciting together.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A complete original. This ingenious, almost indescribable film won't remind you of anything else because there's nothing else like it.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is a film with a commitment to reality unlike any we're used to seeing.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Seeing E.T. again reminds us of how much we've remained the same, how gratified we still are by a film that connects so beautifully to our sense of wonder and joy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Intelligent, involving and conspicuously adult, Starting Out in the Evening is almost shocking in its distinctiveness, its ability to create high drama from an unlikely source.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It's one terrific film, as smart, thoughtful and emotionally involving as just about anything that's out there.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A remarkable feat of imagination, a magical tale with a genuinely sinister edge.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    If film means anything to you, if emotional truth is a quality you care about, this is an event that ought not be missed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Confidently directed by Ang Lee and featuring sensitive and powerful performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and a breathtaking Heath Ledger, this film is determined to involve us in the naturalness and even inevitability of its epic, complicated love story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Impeccably made, uncompromising in its implacable vision of the deranging power of love, sex and controlled substances, this savage and staggering film knows how to take our breath away.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is one of the few adaptations that gives a splendid novel the film it deserves.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    For fans of this kind of roots music, it was an event you would have given anything to attend. Down From the Mountain lets you do that and gives you terrific seats in the bargain.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Locke stands out both for the way filmmaker Knight conceived and executed it and for the kind of hypnotic acting Hardy can be counted on to bring to the table.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A wonder several times over.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    We may have seen it all before, but when it's done up like this, experiencing it all over again is a pleasure. [16 June 1999, Calendar, p.F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Intelligent, poignant film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A moving and joyous behind-the-scenes documentary about a world filled with big, bold personalities and the music they make.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Mean Creek's greatest asset is its sense of truth. It doesn't pander to or indulge its characters like the teen films we're used to. It looks at them straight ahead and with respect. It's something you wish Hollywood, and even parents, did more often.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Intense, immersive and in control, Winter's Bone has an art house soul inside a B picture body, and that proves to be a potent combination indeed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This is the best class of poetic realism, the kind you can believe in without a trace of hesitation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Its privileged glimpse deep into unfamiliar spiritual territory has the strength of revelation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A provocatively structured and thrillingly executed film noir, an intricate, inventive use of cinema's possibilities that pushes what can be done on screen in an unusual direction.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    What Marley and its wonderful performance footage leave you with most of all is the joy the man took in the music that set him free and enchanted the world.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Once positions hardened, tragedy was all but inevitable, and Bloody Sunday" does the spirit of that awful day full and unforgettable justice.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Expertly put together by editor Amy Linton, AKA Doc Pomus uses its wealth of material to create the sense of a man with a genius for putting undistilled emotion into his songs.

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