Kenneth Turan
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For 1,890 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 The English Patient
Lowest review score: 0 Stolen Summer
Score distribution:
1,890 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The reality of François' classroom is so intense that it holds our interest even while the film's dramatic focus is building so quietly under the surface that we don't notice it at first.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    If there is one moment in The Language of Music that will thrill old rock fans, it's watching Dowd, his fluid hands moving with a surgeon's grace, remix for the film's benefit the 24-track sub-master of "Layla."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Good-humored and just about reeking of innocence, That Thing You Do! is what a character has in mind when he asks for "something happy, peppy, up-tempo." Leaving audiences feeling good is very much, and very successfully, on its mind. [04 Oct 1996, Pg.F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This utterly compelling behind-the-scenes account of that horrific event unfolds with a potent sense of authority and authenticity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A quintessentially American story that unmistakably echoes European art house cinema, combining the aesthetic purity of France's Robert Bresson with the social consciousness of Belgium's Dardenne brothers. It also is a powerful, character-driven melodrama that easily holds our attention from first to last.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Shows and tells an astonishing story, a disturbing and provocative tale of obsession, bravado and self-invention that leaves you open-mouthed for all kinds of reasons.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    If you can't place the name, or want to know more, Anita is a splendid place to start.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The most memorable thing about Sweet Dreams is that it allows us to experience the resilience, the capacity for happiness these women retain in spite of all they've been through. There's a lesson there for all of us.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    What A Bug's Life demonstrates is that when it comes to bugs, the most fun ones to hang out with hang exclusively with the gang at Pixar.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Contact is superior popular filmmaking, both polished and effective. But despite its success and its serious intentions, it's finally a movie where the storytelling makes more of an impact than the story.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Powered by an exceptional performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, this artfully disturbing film is a compelling, imaginative look at the potent emotional bond that forms not between romantic lovers but between fathers and daughters.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    What makes Look at Me such a deeply satisfying experience is its ability to combine insightful character portraits like this with wickedly funny situations that slyly skewer all-too-human weaknesses.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This fractured fairy tale not only knows there's no substitute for clever writing, it also has the confidence to take that information straight to the bank.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A documentary experience to savor. Warm, funny and very difficult to resist, this engaging film combines the charm of "Spellbound" with the kinetic energy of "Strictly Ballroom" in a way that will make you want to laugh, cry and do a little dancing yourself, maybe all at the same time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    There is nothing noble about Eric's mission or about the considerable violence he resorts to to get the job done, but Pearce's willingness to give him an integrity of purpose mixes well with Michôd's intense, controlled direction and his ability to blend unexpected, empathetic character moments with all the killing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It's not until Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that a film has successfully re-created the sense of stirring magical adventure and engaged, edge-of-your-seat excitement that has made the books such an international phenomenon.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Not only is the film that good, it's also that wonderfully, inescapably Czech.
    • 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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The Maid has that particular gift of leaving you off balance in the best possible way, and whenever something like that comes around you owe it to yourself to check it out.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A dead-on tale of corporate power, courage, cowardice and how we live.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It's the record of a life, a musical and spiritual autobiography, and as directed by Jonathan Demme it taps into the kind of unashamed, unsentimental emotion that's become increasingly rare in films of any kind.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A film of rare visual poetry that's simultaneously personal, political and philosophical, it's a genuine art film that's also unpretentious and easygoing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A captivating film that truly elevates the spirit, Ballets Russes is the most emotionally satisfying documentary since "Mad Hot Ballroom."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Love and Death on Long Island is sharp, sophisticated and completely delicious, a purposeful comedy that focuses on the power of screen images to uproot lives and the poignancy of amour fou, totally mad love.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Records an accident while it's happening, revealing a situation that makes you laugh again and again while weeping, metaphorically at least, for the sheer frustration of it all.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A darkly compelling film from Austria, can be viewed as either a thriller with psychological overtones or a psychological drama with thriller elements.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Couldn't be more unlikely, more unfashionable -- or more compelling.

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