Kenneth Turan
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For 1,856 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 Iraq in Fragments
Lowest review score: 0 Lethal Weapon 4
Score distribution:
1,856 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    An extraordinarily intimate, deeply affecting and revelatory documentary on how pain and passion can come together in a creative artist.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Not only is the film that good, it's also that wonderfully, inescapably Czech.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Droll and delicious.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Such a smart and savvy piece of work it encourages us to feel we're eavesdropping on history.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Ulee's Gold stands out for its sureness, its quiet emotional force and writer-director Victor Nunez's ability to find and nurture the mystery and power in the events of an ordinary life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A handsomely mounted, graceful production that is well-played across the board.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Truly, there can be nothing as complex as the simplest human relationships, and nothing as satisfying as a film that understands that as this one does.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Restrained yet powerful, devastating in its emotional effects.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Gathering its forces slowly, this careful, thoughtful film, quietly but deeply moving, is dramatic without seeming to be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A wild at heart, anarchic comedy that believes in living dangerously.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A wholly unexpected film, as heady and surprising in its humor as in its emotional texture.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    While other films struggle for their effects, Brothers simply lives and breathes, thoroughly likable from beginning to end.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Intimate and human yet deeply ambitious, a powerhouse of a film made with a disturbing vision.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Branagh has mastered the tricky high-wire act of simultaneously kidding the conventions he is being absolutely faithful to, allowing us to squeal with both fright and knowing laughter. His is a film lover's film [23 Aug 1991, Calendar, p.F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Egoyan understands how potent a deliberate pace can be, how effective it is in making already powerful material strong enough to tear at your heart.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Though the politically incorrect language is tough enough to have earned Clerks an initial NC-17 rating (re-rated R on appeal), its exuberance gives it an alive and kicking feeling that is welcome and rare. [19 Oct 1994]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Not just an especially subtle and thoughtful psychological drama, it's a provocative, even an unnerving one as well.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Made under unique and wrenching circumstances, it gained poignancy and a kind of purity from its troubles, and an already affecting film ended up suffused with emotion.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    An exquisite performance by Charlotte Rampling, whose work as Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya, the matriarch of the great estate the cherry orchard sits on, is the film's dazzling centerpiece.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Graced with performers who bring a purity of emotion to their work, the film is always dramatically convincing. There is a fundamental air of truth about it, a sense that, horrific though things seem, this is how it must have been.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It takes exceptional acting to enable a story like this to take hold, and Campion has gotten it here. [19 Nov 1993]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A wholly enveloping experience. Gentle, ravishingly beautiful and awash in everyday sensuality, it so intoxicates you with the elegance and refinement of its filmmaking that even noticing, let alone caring, whether it has a plot starts to seem beside the point.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Charming, disarming and in some ways humbling film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It's a classic rags-to-riches-to-rage tale about the fatal nexus of celebrity and market forces, a story that is unexpectedly poignant even though it's told to an insistent punk rock beat.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Lumumba is potent stuff. Complex, powerful, intensely dramatic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Records an accident while it's happening, revealing a situation that makes you laugh again and again while weeping, metaphorically at least, for the sheer frustration of it all.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A provocative political thriller that is as troubling today as when it came out in 1970. Maybe more so.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The creators of the magnificent Balseros stayed involved with its subject, a group of Cuban boat people who made it to the United States, for a full seven years. If you put in that kind of time, you witness life happening in front of you in all its compelling, confounding drama. What could be better than that?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Provocative and engrossing.

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