Kenneth Turan
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For 1,863 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 10.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Mademoiselle Chambon
Lowest review score: 0 Lethal Weapon 4
Score distribution:
1,863 movie reviews
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Though the photographs are memorable, the photographer is not.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Not clever or polished enough to be successful as farce, unwilling to supply any reason to care about any of its characters, unable to make the points about the role of fashion in society it thinks it is, "Ready to Wear" is madness without the usual Altman method.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    The Lone Ranger exists without a convincing sense of jeopardy or, more critically, any place for audiences to emotionally connect.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    The Canyons is a bad accident everyone saw coming, and now it is here.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    This is a film that almost is not there.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Soon becomes a sadistic experience in its own right. Experiencing this pretentious wallow -- overwritten, under-thought and overdone -- is a very sophisticated form of torture.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    If Penélope Cruz were any less attractive, maybe someone would have noticed how dull this mild, would-be romantic fairy tale has turned out.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    As pretentious as it is hard-core specific, this fiercely anti-erotic film makes even the chilly "Eyes Wide Shut" play like "The Big Easy."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    It ought to be delightful, but it isn't.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    So exasperating in its contradictions, so frustrating in its fakery, so deeply irritating in its pretensions, it's frankly hard to know where to begin to dissect it.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    This is a Laura Ashley on Safari meditation on bored rich people searching for fulfillment and a new life among the photogenic wildlife of Kenya. Just wake me when it's over.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Sporadically funny, often strange and almost never poignant.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    A kind of dirty fairy tale in which people with nasty attitudes inhabit a trash-talking, macho world of fast cars and complaisant women.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    The latest in what feels like an endless string of movies ... in which the actor's parts have ruinously overdosed on sentimentality and schmaltz at the expense of humor and even sanity.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Rock is undisputably gifted and charismatic, but when Down to Earth takes his edge away, the film's energy goes with it. And without energy, no comedy can survive.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Feels more planned than passionate, scary at points but unconvincing overall.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Stillborn, pointless piece of work.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Too glib too often to make much of an impression any way you look at it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    It's as sad and painful to report as it is to experience, but Hollywood Ending makes the conclusion inescapable: Woody Allen has become his own worst enemy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Taking issue with efforts like The Salton Sea, cold and unemotional films that couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to enthusiastically drag audiences through unhappy material, is as futile as getting mad at the wind.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    The Majestic isn't. Rather it's "The Film That Wasn't There," a derivative, self-satisfied fable that couldn't be more treacly and simple-minded if it tried. And it tries, oh, how it tries.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Almost completely lacking in genuine thrills. Even the attractive presence of star Angelina Jolie can't keep this leaden, plodding, completely underwhelming film from playing like "Lara Croft: Yawn Inducer."
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    A misguided romantic serio-comedy aimed at women and gay men that ends up caricaturing both.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    By coddling viewers and micromanaging our responses, The Other Sister shows almost as little respect for the audience as Elizabeth does for her feisty, underappreciated daughter.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    54
    Decadence has rarely looked so pathetic, lethargic and dispiriting as it does in this listless film.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Hollow, simple-minded and about as profound an experience as stepping in a pile of road kill.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Lacking most kinds of inspiration and geared to undemanding minds, this project is so overloaded with hardware and stunts, it's a relief to have it over.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    With no plot, character or dialogue worth experiencing, let alone remembering, the film merely occupies space on the screen and hopes for the best.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    The Basketball Diaries is a lose-lose proposition. Although it masquerades as a cautionary tale about the horrors of heroin, this epic of teen-age * Angst is more accurately seen as a reverential wallow in the gutter of self-absorption.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    The Quick and the Dead is showy visually, full of pans and zooming close-ups. Rarely dull, it is not noticeably compelling either, and as the derivative offshoot of a derivative genre, it inevitably runs out of energy well before any of its hotshots runs out of bullets.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    By any rational standard, this film is kind of a mess. Even if you agree with its politics, you will probably weep at the ineptitude of it all.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    This poor film is so shamelessly manipulative and hopelessly bogus it will make you bite your tongue in regret and despair.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    McCarthy has not done himself or his reputation any favors with this original.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    One of those movies that makes you want to throw up your hands in despair, disgust, or maybe both.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    A haphazard film about half as sophisticated as the average beer commercial.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    The thrill is definitely gone, leaving a disappointing and unpleasant mess in its place.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    Seems merely tired and stale, the opposite of fresh, marked by ideas for jokes rather than things that are actually funny. Then, without warning, it goes from inept to complete disaster, sinking from indifferent to fiasco in the blink of an eye.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    This aggressively stupid film is merely business as usual, a compendium of all the current obsessions and fixations that make so many of these films such unhappy experiences.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    It is hard to say what is more dispiriting about True Romance the movie itself or the fact that someone somewhere is sure to applaud its hollow, dime-store nihilism and smug pseudo-hip posturing as a bright new day in American cinema. [10 Sept 1993]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    What's most interesting about this new film is how lacking it is in any of the things, from humor to emotion to halfway decent acting, we might go to a movie for. There's not even enough here to get mad at.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    Turns out to be a muddled limp biscuit of a movie, a vampire soap opera that doesn't make much sense even on its own terms.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    Tiresome, inept farce that's not even a fraction as clever or entertaining as it likes to imagine it is -- a complete waste of time.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    Despite a wealth of special effects...this movie is surprisingly inert, more dull than anything else, with little to recommend it on any level.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    Such a tedious Hollywood farce, so unpleasantly glib and relentlessly shallow, that Pacino's excessive performance is not even the worst thing about it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    A numbing and dispiriting experience aimed at the least discriminating parts of the teen-age audience.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    The filmmaking here is so glacially paced (the final script was only 62 pages for a 100-minute film) and enervating that boredom is the most frequent result.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    Not only have bothersome plot changes been made, but the entire tone of the book has been transformed from tension to tongue-in-cheek with dismal results.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    After sitting through M. Butterfly, you'll wonder why they even bothered to try. [01 Oct 1993]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    Even in thriller terms, nothing rings remotely true here, with even the baseball action--including a game that is not called despite enough rain to unnerve Noah--laced with a heavy dose of preposterousness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    A film that is more listless than funny and could surely use some of the energy that animated both Art Buchwald and Paramount Pictures in the lawsuit surrounding authorship of [Eddie Murphy]'s 1988 "Coming to America." [01 Jul 1992]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    Forced, heavy-handed and overdone, it's a pretend serious film that offers crass manipulation in the place where honesty is supposed to be.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 0 Kenneth Turan
    Even Willis seems a bit bewildered at times, as if asking himself how he managed to get into such a mess. [24 May 1991]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 19 Metascore
    • 0 Kenneth Turan
    8MM
    Those foolhardy enough to place themselves at the mercy of 8MM can expect the following emotions: disgust and revulsion, then anger, followed by a profound and disheartening sadness. There are some films whose existence makes the world a worse place to live, and this is one of them.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 0 Kenneth Turan
    Some movies make you sorry you've seen them, and The Cell is one of those. Creepy and horrific, it's a torture chamber film.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 0 Kenneth Turan
    How feeble a movie is Stolen Summer? So feeble they've just about buried the title on the film's own poster.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 0 Kenneth Turan
    Lacking the combustible Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas in leading roles, Showgirls descends into incoherent tedium. Though the filmmakers' incessant talk about vision, artistry and honest self-expression lead one to expect a sexually explicit biopic about the Dalai Lama, what is in fact provided is depressing and disappointing as well as dehumanizing.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 0 Kenneth Turan
    The result is a calculated, cynical piece of business that epitomizes the creative bankruptcy and contempt for the audience that infects so much of the blockbuster side of Hollywood.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 0 Kenneth Turan
    Doomed to be inconsequential and forgettable.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 0 Kenneth Turan
    Don't imagine there is any reason to see Fair Game.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Kenneth Turan
    Misconceived, misguided and a completely miserable viewing experience, this is one to avoid at all costs and for all time. [06 May 1994]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 39 Metascore
    • 0 Kenneth Turan
    May not be the most tedious superhero movie ever - the competition is admittedly tough - but it is certainly in the running.

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