For 1,789 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 10.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Triplets of Belleville
Lowest review score: 0 Stolen Summer
Score distribution:
1,789 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The creators of this film were fiercely determined not to go so much as a millimeter over the line into sentiment, tawdriness or mockery. It's the rare film that is the best possible version of itself, but "Lars" fits that bill.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Finely made and richly satisfying film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Shine a Light may not be the last Rolling Stones movie, but it's likely to be the last one with a touch of the poet about it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This haunting phantasmagoria of a film -- comic, singular, surreal -- is not only something no one but the Canadian director could have made, it's also a film no one else would have even wanted to make. Which is the heart of its appeal.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    An exceptional film, at once disturbing and elevating, deliberate yet powerful.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Performances this strong and direction this sensitive make us simply grateful to have an emotional story we can sink our teeth into and enjoy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Most of all, Davies proves himself to be a poet of the commonplace whose art is the exalting of the everyday. He may rail against "the British genius for creating the dismal," but his own work is anything but.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The result is involving, engrossing cinema -- more thrilling, in fact, than Howard's "The Da Vinci Code" -- filmmaking of a type rarely seen anymore and sorely missed.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Adventurous, ambitious and ingeniously futuristic, Sleep Dealer is a welcome surprise. It combines visually arresting science fiction done on a budget with a strong sense of social commentary in a way that few films attempt, let alone achieve.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Simultaneously exhilarating and confounding, dazzling and confusing, this is filmmaking of such verve and style that you likely won't care that you can't follow it completely.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The result is as gripping as a title fight and as mesmerizing as a conversation with a cobra. You may not be happy with everything said, but you will not be bored.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A vibrant and joyous new documentary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Teaches important lessons in the most casual, joyful way. How it manages to do that is probably the biggest secret of all.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Intimate and human yet deeply ambitious, a powerhouse of a film made with a disturbing vision.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Succeeds by never tipping its hand or losing its equilibrium while its characters often seem to be doing nothing but.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This animated retelling of the familiar Old Testament story is playful, high-spirited and unmistakably amusing. It's nice to see that a sense of humor and a sense of values don't inevitably have to cancel each other out.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Like the best of personal, independent cinema -- it is both marvelously observed and completely individual. There is no film like this film, and that is something you don't hear every day.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    While other films struggle for their effects, Brothers simply lives and breathes, thoroughly likable from beginning to end.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A small gem.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A warm and feisty documentary that is as much inquiry as it is tribute.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Droll and delicious.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This is the best class of poetic realism, the kind you can believe in without a trace of hesitation.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    There is a sophistication about affairs of the heart, about the wisdom and the risks of romantic involvement that is more than quintessentially French. It's irresistible as well.