Kenneth Turan

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For 2,156 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 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

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Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest review score: 0 Fair Game
Score distribution:
2156 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Starring Brad Pitt in top movie star form, it's a film that's impressive and surprising.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Film has always been especially effective it portraying what it can feel like, what it can mean to be in love, and My Golden Days is right up there with the best of them.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This is a director's film, and Ostlund knows precisely the effects he is after. This filmmaker is in control at each and every moment, and does he ever know what he is doing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    An astonishing technological feat, but what is even more remarkable is that the technology does not overwhelm the artistry.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    There is nothing bravura or overly emotional about Spielberg's direction here, but the impeccable filmmaking is no less impressive for being quiet and to the point.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A story that won't go away, won't leave you alone, won't let you feel at ease. Intensely dramatic, filled with elevated heroism, crass self-interest and blatant stupidity, it's a paradigmatic narrative of our tendentious, turbulent times.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Larson has done exceptional work before... but the way she has taken the deepest of dives into this complex, difficult material is little short of astonishing. The reality and preternatural commitment she brings to Ma is piercingly honest from start to finish, as scaldingly emotional a performance as anyone could wish for.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It’s the rare film that decades later can seem as timely as it was the day it came out. The searing documentary The Murder of Fred Hampton is such a film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Nebraska offers something deeper and more mature, the ability to make us care about its characters and their story on a different level than Payne has given us before.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Boyle has been nothing if not bold with this film. He's dared to use so many venerable movie elements it's dizzying, dared us to say we won't be moved or involved, dared us to say we're too hip to fall for tricks that are older than we are.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The most accurate assault against the media age since "Network," To Die For's killer lines and wicked sensibility are given added poignancy by the off-center, sensitive performance of Joaquin Phoenix, River's younger brother, the only person more deluded about Suzanne than she is about herself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Too mannered and weird around the edges to be convincing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    You can't have Rushmore without Max, and though Anderson obviously planned it this way, the kid is finally too off-putting to tolerate.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Perhaps the director's most touching, most elegiac work yet, Million Dollar Baby is a film that does both the expected and the unexpected, that has the nerve and the will to be as pitiless as it is sentimental.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    These stranger-than-fiction tales, piled one on top of the other in the most gripping way, not only mesmerize us, they also point up another of Last Days in Vietnam's provocative points, that the chaos surrounding the evacuation was, in effect, the entire war in microcosm.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    An exceptional--and exceptionally disturbing--film from a first-time director and writer (with Andy Bienen) named Kimberly Pierce. Unflinching, uncompromising, made with complete conviction and rare skill.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Observational with a vengeance, more an art piece than a conventional motion picture, Manakamana is simple in conception, but the reactions it evokes in viewers will be complex and multifaceted.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It's a privilege and a pleasure to be present in a sacred space where the human and the mystical effortlessly intertwine, and we are in Werner Herzog's debt for that great gift.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Red Turtle is a visually stunning poetic fable, but there’s more on its mind than simply beauty.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    With performances that will raise the hairs on the back of your head, it's a film that knows the private geography of love, grief and obsession.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It's one terrific film, as smart, thoughtful and emotionally involving as just about anything that's out there.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A thrilling adventure of the spirit. Austere yet provocative, this is not only a film about faith, it also has faith that the power generated by complex moral decisions can be as unstoppable as any runaway locomotive.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The most convincing war movie ever made.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    As its name promises, The Great Beauty is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic. But more than intoxicating imagery is on director Paolo Sorrentino's mind, a lot more.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Affleck easily orchestrates this complex film with 120 speaking parts as it moves from inside-the-Beltway espionage thriller to inside Hollywood dark comedy to gripping international hostage drama, all without missing a step.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    So though it takes important steps in that direction, the film pulls back from what seems to be its own logical conclusion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Like taking a drug everyone says is dynamite and impatiently wondering why the heck it's not kicking in. The kick in fact turns out to be real, and as powerful as advertised, but it doesn't necessarily hit you in any way you anticipated.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Despite this lack of narration, Our Daily Bread never fails to enthrall because of the impeccable eye -- for composition, for color, for movement within the frame -- of filmmaker Geyrhalter.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Master takes some getting used to. This is a superbly crafted film that's at times intentionally opaque, as if its creator didn't want us to see all the way into its heart of darkness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It is a remarkable work, quite likely the best documentary on the City of Angels ever made.

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