Kenneth Turan

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For 2,242 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 9.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Searching for Bobby Fischer
Lowest review score: 0 Lethal Weapon 4
Score distribution:
2242 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    These despairing, ambiguous pieces are always emotionally unsettling, and that is due in part to Kieslowski's complete assurance as a director. His spare, minimal visual preferences dominate each episode. The camera work is fluid and precise, and the films are so rich they seem to be feature-length though they're not.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Overflowing with life, rich with all the grand emotions and vital juices of existence, up to and including blood. And its deaths, like that of Hotspur in "Henry IV, Part I," continue to shock no matter how often we've watched them coming. [16 Mar 1997, Calendar, p.7]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Moonlight is magic. So intimate you feel like you're trespassing on its characters souls, so transcendent it's made visual and emotional poetry out of intensely painful experience, it's a film that manages to be both achingly familiar and unlike anything we've seen before.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    As someone who was part of the Resistance, Melville knew enough to neither melodramatically glorify nor cynically devalue the heroism he presents. This is people doing what needed to be done, Army of Shadows says, this is the way it was.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Beautifully crafted, movingly acted, still involving and entertaining, this is just the kind of film people are talking about when they say they don't make them like this anymore.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    With Pan's Labyrinth, Del Toro has made his most accomplished film to date, a dark and disturbing fairy tale for adults that's been thought out to the nth degree and resonates with the irresistible inevitability of a timeless myth.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    By focusing on the personal side of the city game, Hoop Dreams tells us more about what works and what doesn't in our society than the proverbial shelf of sociological studies. And it is thoroughly entertaining in the bargain.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    One of the great crime thrillers, the benchmark all succeeding heist films have been measured against, it's no musty museum piece but a driving, compelling piece of work, redolent of the air of human frailty and fatalistic doom.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is a film with a commitment to reality unlike any we're used to seeing.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is impressive filmmaking, but it is not easy to take in.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Powerful, emotional filmmaking that leaves a scar, Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester By the Sea is heartbreaking yet somehow heartening, a film that just wallops you with its honesty, its authenticity and its access to despair.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Ratatouille is as audacious as they come. It takes risks and goes places other films wouldn't dare, and it ends up putting rival imaginations in the shade.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It enables us to recapture exactly the delightful sensations felt all those years ago when we and the world were young and exciting together.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Gravity is out of this world. Words can do little to convey the visual astonishment this space opera creates. It is a film whose impact must be experienced in 3-D on a theatrical screen to be fully understood.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Prepare to be astonished by Spirited Away.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Wised-up as well as traditional, with a striking and detailed look and a strong storyline, it is sure to charm a wide audience both now and for a long time to come.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Haynes understands that swooningly beautiful traditional technique bolstered by thrilling performances creates the greatest impact. He has made a serious melodrama about the geometry of desire, a dreamy example of heightened reality that fully engages emotions despite the exact calculations with which it's been made.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Although its computer-generated imagery is impressive, the major surprise of this bright foray into a new kind of animation is how much cleverness has been invested in story and dialogue.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Smartly written by Aaron Sorkin, directed to within an inch of its life by David Fincher and anchored by a perfectly pitched performance by Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network is a barn-burner of a tale that unfolds at a splendid clip.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    What makes I Am Not Your Negro a mesmerizing cinematic experience, smart, thoughtful and disturbing, goes well beyond words.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Achieves its success through a combination of attitude and technique, uniting, to exceptional effect, a way of viewing the world morally while looking at it physically.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    One reason Boal makes such a potent combination with Bigelow is that her directing style moves us right along. She is so good with both action and creating a convincing look and feel for the film that the time it takes to get up to speed with the complicated plot does not feel like a problem.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A Separation is totally foreign and achingly familiar. It's a thrilling domestic drama that offers acute insights into human motivations and behavior as well as a compelling look at what goes on behind a particular curtain that almost never gets raised.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Daring and traditional, groundbreaking and familiar, apocalyptic and sentimental, Wall-E gains strength from embracing contradictions that would destroy other films.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    45 Years is a quietly explosive film, a potent drama with a nuanced feel for subtlety and emotional complications.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The surpassing accomplishment of Dunkirk is to make us feel an almost literal fusion with its story. It's not so much that we've seen a splendid movie, though we have, but as if we've been taken inside a historic event, become wholly immersed in something real and alive.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    As warm as it is smart — and it is very smart — Lady Bird marks actor/screenwriter Greta Gerwig's superb debut as a solo director and yet another astonishing performance by star Saoirse Ronan.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The writer-director appears to be straining for his effects. Some sequences, especially one involving bondage harnesses and homosexual rape, have the uncomfortable feeling of creative desperation, of someone who's afraid of losing his reputation scrambling for any way to offend sensibilities. [14 Oct 1994]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    One of the strengths of Killer of Sheep, one of the reasons it has not dated, is that the naturalness and simplicity with which it unfolds give it the texture of a story told from the inside.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Just as Turner's expressive, enthralling work changed the nature of painting, Mr. Turner, anchored in the rock of Timothy Spall's astonishing, Cannes prize-winning performance, pushes hard against the strictures of conventional narrative and ends up pulling us into its world and capturing us completely.

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