Kenneth Turan
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For 1,823 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 10.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,823 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Filmmaker Sauper put himself in harm's way numerous times to get so inside the situation, and the intimacy of his technique, his willingness to avoid hectoring voice-overs and simply talk quietly with his subjects, adds compelling believability.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Enormously entertaining.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Shows and tells an astonishing story, a disturbing and provocative tale of obsession, bravado and self-invention that leaves you open-mouthed for all kinds of reasons.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A film that grips us dramatically, intellectually and emotionally.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    An elegantly discursive examination of one of the great modern photographers, a surprisingly intimate portrait of an elusive, laconic man.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A potent and imaginative creative biography of virtuoso percussionist Glennie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Has an intimate, personal quality. Rather than showboating for the camera, the soldiers get to a deeper level, conveying a surprisingly reflective and aware sensibility.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Acutely observed, faultlessly acted, graced with piercing emotion and unsparing honesty, it will make you laugh because you can't bear to cry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Couldn't be more unlikely, more unfashionable -- or more compelling.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Most of all, Wallace & Gromit retains the clever, one-of-a-kind sensibility that made its shorter predecessors so delightful. With every studio comedy looking for a formula for success, it's refreshing to find a heroically whimsical film that succeeds by following no formula known to dog or man.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A captivating film that truly elevates the spirit, Ballets Russes is the most emotionally satisfying documentary since "Mad Hot Ballroom."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It's not until Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that a film has successfully re-created the sense of stirring magical adventure and engaged, edge-of-your-seat excitement that has made the books such an international phenomenon.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    To come across Classe Tous Risques is like discovering a bottle of marvelous French wine you didn't remember you had, opening it and finding it every bit as delicious as its reputation promised. That's how good this classic fatalistic French gangster film is.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A fearless and ambitious piece of work, made with equal parts passion and calculation, an unapologetically entertaining major studio release with compelling real-world relevance, a film that takes numerous risks and thrives on them all.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Munich's even-handed cry for peace is not an act of equivocation but one of bravery. What Munich has to say, and its ability to say it to the widest possible audience, couldn't be more needed than it is right now.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It's the record of a life, a musical and spiritual autobiography, and as directed by Jonathan Demme it taps into the kind of unashamed, unsentimental emotion that's become increasingly rare in films of any kind.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Most fun of all, however, is basking in Chappelle's ability to be effortlessly funny. Whether he's making believe he's a pimp in a Dayton clothing store or charming little kids in the Bed-Stuy day-care center that was concert headquarters, his personality infuses the film with infectious good feelings.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The most memorable section of the film is the chilling quarter-hour devoted to the apprehension and eventual murder of the Clutter family. Captured in unblinking, neo-documentary detail, it freezes the blood just as they did all those decades ago.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    What's surprising about this supremely engaging film is the source of its curb appeal: It has heart.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A quiet powerhouse of a film, an implacable, uncompromising French police drama, both old-fashioned and modern, that underlines the reasons impeccably made crime stories do so well on screen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This calm and thorough film has just the right attitude and tone to deal with a most incendiary story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Dreamgirls is the entire musical package, a triumph of old school on-screen glamour, and we wouldn't want it any other way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    As directed by Rachid Bouchareb, himself born in France to Algerian immigrants, "Days of Glory" is a kind of a North African "Saving Private Ryan," a taut, involving film that delivers all the things we look for in war movies and does so with intelligence and integrity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    While major stars thrust together on screen often end up undercutting each other, one of the pleasures of Becket is how easily and generously these two commanding actors play off each other, each allowing the other the space to make the most of their individual roles.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Filled with tension, deception and bravura acting, Breach is a crackling tale of real-life espionage that doubles as a compelling psychological drama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The Wind That Shakes the Barley turns out to be a more complicated, more dramatically potent story than it appears at first. It's concerned at its core not with how bad the British were but with what the cost of dealing with them was for the Irish.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A complete master of cinematic farce, Veber's latest venture, The Valet, makes creating deliciously funny comedy look a lot easier than it has any right to.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Moving and frighteningly real.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The most frankly sensual movie in memory. Winner of five Cesars, the French Oscar, including best picture and best actress for its luminous star, Marina Hands, it has found the soul of the celebrated D.H. Lawrence novel.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Sicko is likely Moore's most important, most impressive, most provocative film, and it's different from his others in significant ways.