Kenneth Turan
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For 1,897 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 10.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Song of the Sea
Lowest review score: 0 The Cell
Score distribution:
1,897 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    For fans of this kind of roots music, it was an event you would have given anything to attend. Down From the Mountain lets you do that and gives you terrific seats in the bargain.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Because Bay of Angels reveals rather than moralizes, because its concerns are character and psychology, it's a potent showcase for Moreau's gifts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A mature, accomplished piece of work, both funny and deeply felt, personal cinema of the best kind...Levinson has made the memory film we always hoped he would.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Besides Montand's splendid performance, The Wide Blue Road's other treat is seeing a film that's both old-fashioned enough to believe that social concerns can lead to satisfying drama and well-made enough to deliver on that belief. A film infused with that kind of passion never goes out of style.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A warm and feisty documentary that is as much inquiry as it is tribute.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Carefully made, involving and old-fashioned, the superior work it's inspired gives it an impact that lingers even when the endgame is over.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    An elegant study of devious mind games and emotional perversion, it makes the strangest of psychological dynamics plausible and involving.
    • 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

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