Kenneth Turan

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For 2,115 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Red Riding Trilogy
Lowest review score: 0 8MM
Score distribution:
2115 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The film throws so much ersatz cleverness and overdone emotion at the audience that we end up more worn out than entertained.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The Road is a road you'll wish hadn't been taken. Not because anything's been badly done, but because there's a serious imbalance in the complicated equation between what the film forces us to endure and what we end up receiving in return.
    • 76 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It has the awkwardness that characterizes many first features and, as befits a culture that does not always prize refinement, some of its performances and situations are not as subtle as they should be.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It's not the story that's the story here, it' the film' bravura visual look.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It finally can't transcend the limitations inherent in being no more than a way station in an epic journey, a journey whose cinematic conclusion is several years away.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Given everything, it's no surprise that the verdict on the film has to be a split decision. Troy is a movie you believe in physically...Believing in Troy emotionally, however, presents a greater challenge.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    This action facility, however, is not enough to make "13 Hours" more than sporadically successful, in part because, at 2 hours and 24 minutes, the film is too long for its own good and risks feelings of repetition and exhaustion.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It is an acceptable enough thriller, neither the worst you've seen nor the opposite.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    To be fair to Deathly Hallows, the filmmakers have tried hard to fill the proceedings with battles and chases and debilitating curses. Genuine filmmaking excitement, however, is harder to provide.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Townsend's sincerity, his admiration for the idealism of the people behind the anti-WTO protests, is never in doubt, but combining drama with historical re-creation is frankly a challenge his filmmaking skills are not up to.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Does have its pleasures, but the feeling is inescapable that the person most pleased is Bertolucci himself. In essence he is the dreamer of the title, as eager to retreat into this hermetic world of his own creation as his characters are into theirs. Fair enough, but why does he have to drag us along with him?
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Part manic comedy, part would-be heart-warmer of the "follow your bliss" variety, its odd combination of tones and situations leads to as many awkward, uncertain moments as funny ones.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A pleasant enough entertainment raised above its station by the quality of its acting.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The whale is wondrous but the drama not so much in In the Heart of the Sea.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    All the imagination and effort (including 18 months of pre-production) that went into making the dinosaurs state-of-the-art exciting apparently left no time to make the people similarly believable or involving. In fact, when the big guys leave the screen, you'll be tempted to leave the theater with them. [11 June 1993, Calendar, p.F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Batman Returns, the most eagerly awaited and aggressively hyped film of the summer, is, for better and worse, very much the product of director Tim Burton's morose imagination. His dark, melancholy vision is undeniably something to see, but it is a claustrophobic conception, not an expansive one, oppressive rather than exhilarating, and it strangles almost all the enjoyment out of this movie without half trying.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Unfortunately, Garner doesn't have as much screen time as her prominence in the advertising would indicate: Daredevil has a hard time staying alive when she's not on the scene.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Intermittently appealing movie romance.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Burnt is mildly diverting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Has little to occupy us once its battle scenes recede. One of those goofy movies where devil-may-care Russian soldiers unwind by playing the balalaika far into the night, it takes itself far more seriously than anyone else will be able to manage.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Joy
    Despite some quite engaging sections, "Joy" is, unlike previous Russell films, dragged down more than it is inspired by its chaotic ambience, a film whose variations in tone can't be overcome.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Certainly acceptable. But no one seeing it is going to feel as spooked as executive producer Roy Lee. To make an audience feel that intensely, you need a different kind of director and a different kind of film.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The key problem is that writer-director Peter Landesman has pushed too hard to make this story fit into a dramatic mold, alternating melodrama and romance with those earnest warnings in a way that is more ungainly than effective.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It's a product of the highest quality, but at the end of the day that's what it is: a machine-made, assembly-line product whose strengths tend to feel like items checked off a master list rather than being the result of any kind of individual creative touch.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Simultaneously jokey and scary, sentimental and ruthless, tediously everyday and grotesquely out of the ordinary.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A shrewd, pulpy crowd-pleaser.

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