Kenneth Turan

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For 1,983 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 10.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Low Down
Lowest review score: 0 The Cell
Score distribution:
1983 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    In a sense it's a shame that Cocaine Cowboys is so obsessed by violence, because the film has interesting points to make.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    After a summer of numbing mindlessness, there is something frankly refreshing about a movie that deals even superficially with as significant a figure as the rebellious 16th century theologian Martin Luther, one of the founders of Protestantism and the man who put the reform in the Reformation.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    "Breakdown" gets the music right and has the benefit of strong acting, but its unapologetically melodramatic plot has a tendency to throw everything at you but the kitchen sink.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A sweet and somber film that works hard to overcome its limitations.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A slick piece of summer entertainment that is counting on elaborate special effects to make its derivative, convoluted story line all but irrelevant.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Crimson Peak's astonishing visuals don't enhance its story (co-written by the director and Matthew Robbins); they overwhelm it, encouraging us to stand back and admire the look when we should be involved in the emotional mechanics of this lurid tale.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    But bearing witness can be a complex thing and in its concern to illuminate Sarajevo is prone to overkill, to trying too hard to squeeze in every troubling wartime incident.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    This is a film without a center, a film whose young protagonist should have more texture, more of a compelling voice than she does. Through no real fault of the acting, young Astrid does not compel our attention the way she must if White Oleander is to succeed completely on the screen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It's a nervy, quasi-documentary scheme that's often successful, perhaps more so than you'd expect for this kind of a hybrid endeavor. But Macdonald's technique eventually turns out to be as distancing as it is involving, paradoxically undercutting the reality as often as it enhances it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Exhilarating and frustrating at the same time... the Coens' skill is such that you're not averse to following them anywhere, but every once in a while you can't help wishing they weren't so dead set against throwing the rest of us at least a hint of what's on their minds. [21 Aug 1991]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Frustrating though it can be, Spanglish still proves to be as resilient as its characters.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Aside from Paltrow's performance, Sylvia is neither a film so spectacular it shouldn't be missed nor something so tepid you have to stay away.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Directed by Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg, Pocahontas is on the formulaic side, a copy that duplicates what its predecessors have done, only a little less adroitly and with a little less style. [16Jun1995 Pg. F.01]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Comes off as convincing but never compelling. There's a ponderous quality to it, as if it's forever clearing its throat to say something of value that doesn't quite get articulated.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    What The Peacemaker doesn't do well, though it tries, is bring much in the way of emotion or character development to the table.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    This is an earnest and way-contrived endeavor that manages, due largely to Costner's efforts, to be genially diverting in a gee-whiz kind of way.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Unfortunately, although Gilliam has always had a taste for the outre, he has allowed it to get out of hand here and swallow the picture whole. There's an excessiveness, an unwelcome too-muchness to "Grimm's" creepy moments.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Does benefit from Gibson's charisma...Whether it is quite good enough is another question.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A warmhearted horror show that puts cliched movie people into a realistic situation, the signals it sends out are nothing but mixed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Isn't good and isn't bad, it just isn't. A lethargic would-be entertainment as well as a dispiriting vanity project, it is such a misfire that it makes it hard to remember what was special about its predecessor.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A movie we might like to buy into if left to our own devices, but that idea is anathema to Turteltaub, intent on pushing us so hard that we end up pushing back.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    What results is a film with some bright spots but whose effect is finally as muddled and wearying as the event itself sometimes is.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Harron has said she was determined to be nonjudgmental about Page, to do justice to the woman's "mystery and ambiguity." In practice, however, that attitude plays as coldness, and Page, for all her remarkable zest, comes off as a not terribly interesting person we're given no incentive to become involved with.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Its heart is so much in the right place it is difficult to get really peeved at it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The film is well intentioned and mildly diverting, but in attempting to modernize its story it has lost many of the things that make the original so memorable and not gained much in return.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Unfortunately, absent a more objective context, Trudell's gnomic utterances do little to support those sentiments. By preaching so relentlessly to the choir, this film misses an opportunity to show what got them to sing in the first place.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A reasonably diverting albeit frequently improbable thriller.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Thor has its strengths, but it is finally something of a mishmash with designs on being more interesting than it manages to be.

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