Kenneth Turan
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For 1,822 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 10.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Short Cuts
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,822 movie reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    By focusing on the personal side of the city game, Hoop Dreams tells us more about what works and what doesn't in our society than the proverbial shelf of sociological studies. And it is thoroughly entertaining in the bargain.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    On a par with Bridges' acting, and a sine qua non for Crazy Heart's success, is the excellent music he sings.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A pleasantly cerebral experience, exhilarating and fizzy, that goes to your head like too much Champagne.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    As unusual and idiosyncratic as its one-of-a-kind title. You'd expect no less from Terry Gilliam, and admirers of this singular filmmaker will be pleased to know that "Imaginarium" is one of his most original and accessible works.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    For those who enjoy actors who can play it up without ever overplaying their hands, The Last Station is the destination of choice.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    One of the strengths of Killer of Sheep, one of the reasons it has not dated, is that the naturalness and simplicity with which it unfolds give it the texture of a story told from the inside.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    With Pan's Labyrinth, Del Toro has made his most accomplished film to date, a dark and disturbing fairy tale for adults that's been thought out to the nth degree and resonates with the irresistible inevitability of a timeless myth.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It's important to remember that Sinclair was as much a committed socialist as a novelist, someone who probably wrote for political purpose more than for dramatic effect. So while Day-Lewis' gorgeous acting largely disguises it, the people in "Blood" tend to be schematic and the film as a whole has a weakness for the didactic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The reality of Fran├žois' classroom is so intense that it holds our interest even while the film's dramatic focus is building so quietly under the surface that we don't notice it at first.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    French films traditionally take France and its eternal appeal for granted. Summer Hours is the rare film that worries about that, worries about the future, and that proves to be invaluable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Simultaneously an art film and a crime film, Mann's latest work may not give you a ton to hang on to emotionally, but the beauty and skill of the filmmaking keep you tightly in its grasp.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Boyle has been nothing if not bold with this film. He's dared to use so many venerable movie elements it's dizzying, dared us to say we won't be moved or involved, dared us to say we're too hip to fall for tricks that are older than we are.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Simultaneously uplifting and melancholy, suffused with an unexpected sense of possibility as much as the inevitable sense of loss.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It convincingly demonstrates that when done right, moral and political quandaries can be the most intensely dramatic dilemmas of all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Best and most unexpected of all, Rachel Getting Married dares to mix the bitter with the sweet. It understands that life-altering situations like weddings not only bring out the worst in human behavior but also the finest.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Perhaps the best thing about Schenk's script is that it enticed Eastwood to end his self-imposed acting hiatus and bring his one-of-a-kind aura back to the screen.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    In a commanding performance that is as compelling as it is unexpected, Mirren has turned The Queen into something you never imagined it could be: a crackling dramatic story that's intelligent, thoughtful and moving.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Author Coben, who says he is a fan of "stories that move you, that grab hold of your heart and do not let it go," has gotten a film that does exactly that.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This one-of-a-kind film cycle has become as comfortable and reliable as an old shoe, providing a degree of dependability that's becoming increasingly rare.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A quintessentially American story that unmistakably echoes European art house cinema, combining the aesthetic purity of France's Robert Bresson with the social consciousness of Belgium's Dardenne brothers. It also is a powerful, character-driven melodrama that easily holds our attention from first to last.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A darkly compelling film from Austria, can be viewed as either a thriller with psychological overtones or a psychological drama with thriller elements.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A throwback to the days of old-school caper movies like "To Catch a Thief," Duplicity is just the kind of sophisticated amusement you would expect from filmmaker Tony Gilroy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A ticking time bomb of a movie, a gripping, incendiary, casually subversive piece of work that marries pulp watchability with larger concerns without skipping a beat.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Powered by an exceptional performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, this artfully disturbing film is a compelling, imaginative look at the potent emotional bond that forms not between romantic lovers but between fathers and daughters.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    What makes Look at Me such a deeply satisfying experience is its ability to combine insightful character portraits like this with wickedly funny situations that slyly skewer all-too-human weaknesses.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It's a chilling, completely fascinating documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A documentary experience to savor. Warm, funny and very difficult to resist, this engaging film combines the charm of "Spellbound" with the kinetic energy of "Strictly Ballroom" in a way that will make you want to laugh, cry and do a little dancing yourself, maybe all at the same time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A carefully thought out and consummately well-made piece of work, a serious comic-book adaptation that is driven by story, psychology and reality, not special effects.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Two teen girls forge an explosive connection in a compelling Pawel Pawlikowski film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A remarkable film.