Kenneth Turan
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For 1,904 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 Ponyo
Lowest review score: 0 Fair Game
Score distribution:
1,904 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    That rare comedy that is as completely entertaining now in its re-release...as it was back then.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Though Unstrung Heroes' thematic elements are uniformly strong, it is the film's treatment of Danny and Arthur that is especially impressive. [15 Sep 1995]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    There is something about Stephen Frears' complex, heartbreaking, beautifully made Liam that seems to speak eloquently, painfully to the dilemmas we are facing today, to the terrible price dark times can extort from us all.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    For director Lou Ye, who also co-wrote the script and was a student in Beijing during that crucial year, Summer Palace is the story of his particular lost generation, a story he felt so deeply about he risked his career to tell it. Search out this vivid film in a theater. Don't let the sacrifices he made be in vain.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A film that is genuinely mind-expanding, an exhilarating intellectual gantlet that tells a remarkable human story.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Amuses and unnerves in equal measure. A comedy of discomfort that walks a wonderful line between reality-based emotional honesty and engaging humor, it demonstrates the good things that happen when quirky independent style combines with top-of-the-line acting skill.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This film becomes the kind of love note to movies we want and need.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    An exercise in pure cinematic style filled with the most ravishing images, The Grandmaster finds director Wong Kar-wai applying his impeccable visual style to the mass-market martial arts genre with potent results.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Has everything a period romance should have, including a score by Michael Nyman and passionate performances by stars Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Director Demme has done other potent and meaningful films, but The Agronomist defers to none of them in its effectiveness and its power.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Moving and frighteningly real.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A wholly unexpected film, as heady and surprising in its humor as in its emotional texture.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Intensely specific in story yet wide-ranging in themes, with a tone that turns on a dime from comic absurdity to close to tragedy, this is brainy, bravura filmmaking of the highest level, a motion picture that is as difficult to pigeonhole as it is a pleasure to enjoy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Benda Bilili! earns its exclamation point. It's a feel-good movie that actually makes you feel good, a story that will have you shaking your head in astonishment and moving your feet to some unstoppable rhythms.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    As the secrets that almost everyone is hiding slowly but inexorably come to light, Farhadi's gifts as a very specific director, someone who knows exactly how he wants every scene to be played, come to the fore, adding honesty and involvement to a plot that might seem artificial in other hands.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A vibrant and joyous new documentary.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Though Bottle Rocket is wryly amusing from beginning to end, the hard edges of the real world are never too far from its surface. And it is the particular grace of the film that though all its characters end up with something like what they're looking for, its not exactly how they'd imagined it would be.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This modest film has virtues that come out of nowhere. It takes familiar material and develops it with such tact and skill that we find ourselves moved and sort of amazed at the same time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Charming, disarming and in some ways humbling film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The Salt of the Earth deals with two kinds of journeys the photographer made. The outward one may have literally taken him to the furthest corners of the Earth and resulted in the stunning images the film features, but it is the inward journey that paralleled it that completely holds our attention.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Bleak childhoods make for the best cinema, and Ratcatcher stands at the head of the class.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Thoughtful as well as sensual, particular yet universal, it is the kind of expertly made examination of the human condition we can never have too many of.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Emotional and analytical by turn, The Case Against 8 is a thoroughly engaging documentary.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Crouching Tiger's blend of the magical, the mythical and the romantic fills a need in us we might not even realize we had.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    When Iris DeMent's impeccable version of the hymn is heard on the soundtrack as the final credits roll, it's the perfect touch to end a film whose aim is always true.

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