Kenneth Turan

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For 2,037 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 10.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 A Separation
Lowest review score: 0 8MM
Score distribution:
2037 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Not content to be a mildly diverting royal bodice-ripper, it spirals out of control into the kind of overwrought dramaturgy that's out of its league.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The sophistication gap between the character Cheadle has created and the film that contains him is so great it begins to feel like you're watching two different stories that have been unaccountably spliced together.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It would be foolish to deny that Unbreakable has scenes that make you jump, but without anything resonant to apply that skill to, the film has no option except squandering its technique.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    This energetic and diverting sports soap opera throws a few head fakes in the direction of an iconoclastic examination of the dark side of professional football.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Samsara is as frustrating as it is beautiful, which is saying a lot because this is a film laced with exquisite images.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Pohlad did not lack for ideas about how he wanted to portray Brian Wilson's life, but he is without the wherewithal to effectively put them into practice.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Turns into a film that is too ostentatiously pleased with itself, so in love with its own cleverness it doesn't notice it's darn near worn you out.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The Eye of the Storm is an ambitious stab at what might be called the Great Australian Film. The results are off-and-on impressive, but the project's ambitions turn out to be greater than its ability to achieve them.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Its warped, disconnected sensibility makes for an oddly distant piece of work.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Keeps its filmmakers behind the camera and does without the personality-driven "Fahrenheit's" sarcastic sense of humor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It's got a strong cast and an intriguing premise that has the added bonus of real-world relevance. But, good intentions and good work aside, the film flounders before it reaches its conclusion.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    By having Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter play the maniacs' feisty antagonists, the filmmakers seem to believe that they've made a significant feminist statement, the movie's two hours-plus of almost continual sadistic abuse of women notwithstanding. Even in an industry known for self-delusion, that is quite a feat.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It's an unhinged, off-the-wall comedy that will try anything once, an uneven film in which the hits are so dead-on that the misses don't seem to matter.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    This may sound thrilling, but it's not. Battleship plays ordinary and pedestrian because it's always been a job for hire, never anyone's passion.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Though the filmmakers may have been imagining they were re-creating the old days of MGM musicals, it's the Village People's misguided "Can't Stop the Music" that comes to mind instead.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Despite its arresting visual style, its wave after wave of creative and hypnotic images, The Pillow Book, as its name hints, slowly but inexorably leads to sleep.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Despite its high craft level and Washington's participation in it, this movie's showy violence is finally as deadening as the over-emphatic violence in these kinds of films generally is.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    By turns warmly sentimental, serial-killer sinister and science-fiction fantastical, The Lovely Bones was an unlikely book to achieve worldwide success. In the film version, those mismatched elements come back to haunt the story, so to speak, making the final product more hit-and-miss than unblemished triumph.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    An ambitious film that aims to examine the human equations behind the abductions. But for all its good intentions, it's not as subtle as it might be, and it's finally pitched too broadly to achieve the level of emotional truth it aims for.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The only thing that won't make you laugh, unless you've got a 12-year-old's sense of humor, is the film's tireless parade of gross-out gags and scatological verbal jests. Myers gets a charge out of this material--it wouldn't be here if he didn't--but so much of it is so tedious it's difficult to believe an adult actually sat down and wrote it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It's regrettable that Woman in Gold is no more than adequate, more old-fashioned Hollywoodization than incisive modern dramatization.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Director Johanna Demetrakas has decided to simply present the man in all his demanding complexities and let him and his encounters with associates speak for themselves. Her only rubric is the one visible in her title: "Crazy Wisdom."
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Jupiter Ascending is best during its purely visual moments, of which there are many... All of which makes it a shame that the only sense the Wachowskis can count on is their visual one.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Still, there are some things to savor. Blanchett is an actress who's always involving, and Crowe is very much in his element as an intrepid, laconic archer who lets his arrows do the talking.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A measured, decorous, at times pat film that manages to be quietly moving because it touches on something real.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Kind of like a basketball team of all-stars -- no names, please -- that has difficulty jelling into one smooth and efficient unit.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    RED
    Red can't stop itself from trying too hard to be hip. It's not that it doesn't have effective moments, it's that it doesn't have as many as it thinks it does. The film's inescapable air of glib self-satisfaction is not only largely unearned, it's downright irritating.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Sporadically playful, it ends up wearing as thin as any film geared to a preteen sense of humor is bound to do.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Dazzling panoramas, no matter how impressive, are no substitute for the involving story Happy Feet Two has had to do without.

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