Kenneth Turan
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For 1,915 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 10.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Invisible Woman
Lowest review score: 0 Being Human
Score distribution:
1,915 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Shallow where it would be meaningful, demanding leaps of faith it has not earned, this film's marriage of arresting technique to empty thinking is not unique, only frustrating.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Not all it might have been, an oddly old-fashioned film from a director who's usually anything but.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Though the cast ends up looking good, the film's unwillingness or inability to have things add up hurts everyone's efforts.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Unfortunately for Man on the Moon, Kaufman is definitely a person more interesting to hear about than to experience, an acquired taste few will be tempted to acquire.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Though Reign of Fire's concept of a humans-versus-dragons smackdown is a good one, the way it's worked out on screen is more silly than compelling.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Overcomplicates its plot and spends a lot of time floundering around in the shallow end.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Began life as a comic book, and screenwriters Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, ever respectful of that lineage, have not allowed the film's dialogue or plot points to rise above their cartoonish origins.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A practiced piece of Hollywood hokum, way too calculated and contrived, especially for a film that nominally celebrates the chaos and creativity of the 1960s.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Director Wes Anderson, who also co-wrote the "Royal" script with actor Owen Wilson, unquestionably has one of America's most distinctive filmmaking sensibilities, but that is part of the problem. As my mother used to say, too good is no good.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    If The Core finally has to be classified as a mess, it is an enjoyable one if you're in a throwback mood. After all, a film that comes up with a rare metal called Unobtainium can't be dismissed out of hand.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A more impartial filmmaker might have understood the need for other voices to balance against all that attitude, might have understood how hungry the film makes us for even a single non-adulatory moment.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Has to fight to hold our attention and it doesn't always succeed.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A pleasant diversion, a lightly amusing criminal comedy with a plot so complicated even the people in it can't quite believe what's happening.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A middling, so-so thriller about a murder investigation on an Army base, it falls to Earth somewhere between failure and success, inconclusive to the end.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    All these intriguing good intentions, however, have largely gone for naught because of a variety of missteps, starting with an increasing implausible plot as well as the fact that Ledger's Harry looks about as likely to pass for an Arab as the Mahdi is to pass for Queen Victoria.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Neither the script nor the direction nor the acting has been able to make these characters into ones we want to invest ourselves in. The Truth About Charlie is one very busy film, but it's really not going anywhere.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    May make you weep, but not in the way anyone intended. Handsomely made, well-meaning but finally frustrating and unsatisfying, this perplexing film is an example of a previously unseen hybrid, the socially conscious, humanitarian action movie. It doesn't appear to be a genre with much of a future.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Turns out to be a film that's interesting in spite of itself. It's less an impartial investigation than an advocacy film, having been hijacked by the members of the "inner sanctum."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Its heart is so much in the right place it is difficult to get really peeved at it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    With preposterously convoluted plot twists, not even Grant is enough to make us smile all the way through the end.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
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    Built of action-sport stunts, has adrenaline to spare. But, c'mon. Where is its sense of fun?
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A shrewd, pulpy crowd-pleaser.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Intermittently appealing movie romance.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Simultaneously jokey and scary, sentimental and ruthless, tediously everyday and grotesquely out of the ordinary.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It's well crafted by director Michael Hoffman, not painful to sit through, and even contains some 21st century plot twists -- But unless you have a predisposition toward this kind of thing, none of that is going to matter much.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Has trouble seeming real. Its back story, involving the sins of Detective LaMarca's own father, feels contrived and the eventual resolution is simultaneously shaky and too pat.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It's the angriest film an unfailingly angry filmmaker has yet made, skewering almost everyone in it, both black and white.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Though what he does here pretty much defines coasting, Nicholson just fooling around adds an energy to even the kind of hopelessly contrived material that lets you know that the lowest common denominator just got lower.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Its warped, disconnected sensibility makes for an oddly distant piece of work.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Though audiences will leave theaters with an increased appreciation of this pair's talents, they will also leave pondering the perennial Hollywood question: How come so little of interest could be found for performers who are capable of so much more?

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