For 1,815 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 Million Dollar Baby
Lowest review score: 0 Being Human
Score distribution:
1,815 movie reviews
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is impressive filmmaking, but it is not easy to take in.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Prepare to be astonished by Spirited Away.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Seeing E.T. again reminds us of how much we've remained the same, how gratified we still are by a film that connects so beautifully to our sense of wonder and joy.
    • 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]
    • 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
    Overwhelmingly tense, overflowing with crackling verisimilitude, it's both the film about the war in Iraq that we've been waiting for and the kind of unqualified triumph that's been long expected from director Kathryn Bigelow.
    • 94 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
    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.
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    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    From Here to Eternity remains, half a century later, a singular cinematic experience, one of the landmarks of American film.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Exactly written, directed with a surgeon's precision and transcendently acted, Sideways brings emotional reality to a consistently amusing character comedy, making it something to be cherished like the delicate Santa Ynez Valley wines that are the story's vivid backdrop.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    An extraordinarily moving examination of how the AIDS epidemic both devastated and transformed San Francisco's gay community, this clear-eyed and soulful documentary brings us inside the contagion in a way that is so intimate, so personal, you feel like you're hearing about these catastrophic events for the first time.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    As completely real on the psychological level as its up-to-the-moment visual effects have on the physical.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Heartbreaking, haunting and unexpectedly heartening, First Cousin Once Removed is an uncommonly moving documentary portrait of a mind in disarray.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A perfect storm of a motion picture, with an icy, immaculate director unexpectedly taking on deeply emotional subject matter.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Glaciers might be melting, the polar caps might be crumbling, but not even the passage of half a century has taken the frozen edge off this brilliantly icy film.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Crouching Tiger's blend of the magical, the mythical and the romantic fills a need in us we might not even realize we had.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Quietly devastating. [15 Dec 1993]