Kenneth Turan

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For 2,186 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 9.3 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 Law in These Parts
Lowest review score: 0 Stolen Summer
Score distribution:
2186 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Strongly acted by a highly competent ensemble.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though it is a vivid, promising piece of work from first-time director Ernest R. Dickerson, it also shows how difficult it's becoming to deal with this material in any kind of fresh manner.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    "Exception" breaks no new ground but it is a solidly done and always engrossing piece of alternate history, mixing real people and events with fictional ones.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    This lively and engaged documentary lives up to its name.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    What results, against some odds, is an intriguing entertainment. Adjustment Bureau's central concept is certainly ingenious, but the details are a little wonky and don't stand up to too much scrutiny.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A canny combination of elements unites with an unlikely true story to make this more effective than you might be expecting.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Tentpoles are rarely guilty of overreaching, but Tomorrowland has a tendency to feel out of control, a film that is finally more ambitious than accomplished.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Measured and beautifully modulated, the 82-year-old director has the kind of sureness and fluidity that is easy to underestimate. But it's difficult not to be impressed by the results.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    It is the incendiary work of British actors Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as the couple in question that elevates our involvement in this authorized film version of Nelson Mandela's autobiography.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Rules Don't Apply, as its name implies, is a movie intent on going its own way. It's not without its charms, but there aren't enough of them and they don't readily cohere.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An easygoing and amusing romantic confection.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    (Mamet) backslides to a system that has his speeches read in a stylized way. The result is language that sounds unhappily artificial and characters who behave like they are less than real.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    With its shrewd mixture of paranoia and the paranormal, the way its elaborate mythology combines enigmatic phenomena with potent cabals intent on running the world, The X-Files experience resembles "Twin Peaks" crossed with "The Twilight Zone."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This is an extremely cinematic, beautifully made David Lean-type epic, helped by fluid and involving camera work by two-time Oscar-winning ("The Killing Fields," "The Mission") cinematographer Chris Menges.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    There's no freshness here, no sense of newness or discovery. In its place, there's an earnest desire not to drop the ball, a determination to risk as little as possible in keeping this golden egg from cracking wide open.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Juiced to the max and drenched in style, this "Romeo," mad about its image-a-minute visual agenda, is sure to infuriate as much as it delights. But the film can't be bothered to slow down for your reaction, and it never forgets its duty to be alive on the screen. [1 Nov 1996, pg.F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Make no mistake, the high-flying stunts in director Renny Harlin's film are definitely state of the art, and while they're going on, the film works up a serious level of excitement. But as soon as the action stops and the inevitable talking begins, Cliffhanger falls to earth with a considerable thud. [28 May 1993 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An amusing tale of larceny triumphant, Bandits is an entertainment with a rogue's imagination.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    The genre's recent past has set the bar quite high, and Treasure Planet doesn't quite make it over.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    The problem rather is the wholesale embracing of what has become de rigueur in animation, the practice of treating major characters as if they were stand-up comics working a room in Las Vegas.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Life of Crime has the authentic Leonard snap, crackle and pop.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    This largely Spanish-language film brings on the waterworks because its core story is undeniably affecting. The whole movie, however, would be more convincing if the elements around that vital core were more multidimensional and less contrived.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Grainy as it looks in its massive Imax blowup, Mickey's misadventures with water and a broom still have the kind of magic even modern technology can't always manage.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Has noticeable problems with characterization and dialogue. But once that awesome storm, one of the most terrifying ever put on film, gets cranked up, it's hard to remember what those difficulties were, let alone care too much about them.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    For much of the film, Berg is content to act like a Michael Bay wannabe, orchestrating large action set pieces that get increasingly tiresome and WWE-like as individuals get mindlessly slammed into the dust.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Beowulf appears so cartoony, in fact, that the academy just put it on the short list of films to be considered for the Oscar in feature animation.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Though aspects of it are entertaining, the presence of all these mismatched pieces give Spider-Man 3 an ungainly, cumbersome feeling, as if its plot elements were the product of competing contractors who never saw the need to cooperate on a coherent final product.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The power of film to irrationally transform and exalt is almost a religion to Woo, and another reason why he was the natural go-to guy for this lucrative movie franchise.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    With what we see on screen weighted too much toward pain and too little toward redemption, this is a film we respect more than love, and that is something of a wasted opportunity.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    The kind of shrewd, genial comedy it provides doesn't intend to break new ground, but its traditional satisfactions are so effectively done and so long in coming our way that to see it is to realize just how hungry we've been for this kind of old-fashioned treat.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Sarah's Key is more powerful than you expect, maybe even more powerful than it should be.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    While adapting accomplished fiction such as this is a lure Hollywood can never resist, some characters breathe better on the page, and that is the case here.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Adventurous, ambitious and ingeniously futuristic, Sleep Dealer is a welcome surprise. It combines visually arresting science fiction done on a budget with a strong sense of social commentary in a way that few films attempt, let alone achieve.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A sketchy trifle that is sporadically amusing but also off-putting around the edges.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    It does move right along and it's enlivened by stronger, more enjoyable acting than this kind of picture usually provides.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    J. Edgar is a somber, enigmatic, darkly fascinating tale, and how could it be otherwise?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What is interesting is not how little sense Déjà Vu makes but how little that matters. If you want your films to add up logically, you're welcome to take your calculator somewhere else. But if you do, you will be missing out on some first-class genre fun.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    By the time this lightly entertaining look at life's emotional crises ends, even the characters you didn't think were sympathetic will have won you over.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    In a sense it's a shame that Cocaine Cowboys is so obsessed by violence, because the film has interesting points to make.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Slick entertainment is rarely as, yes, slickly entertaining as it is in Heartbreaker, a French romantic farce that is commercial cinema at its most successful.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Although he works his hardest at the part and doesn't embarrass himself, even with the help of Stan Winston's vampire makeup Tom Cruise is plainly miscast as Lestat. [11Nov1994 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Rife with familiar elements given something of a different spin, Run All Night manages to leave you out of breath but hungry for more.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Shyamalan's great gift is the creation of atmosphere, the conjuring of spooky, unseen menace. When he gets around to doing this in Signs, all is well, but it's a tossup as to whether the film offers enough of a payoff considering how long it takes to get where it's going.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Myers has a singular talent for skit humor… You can get away with an awful lot of gross, juvenile humor if you've got that to fall back on. [11 June 1999, Calendar, p.F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A sharp brainteaser of a film, a compelling mind game you compulsively play along with.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Guilty of squandering resources. Amusing as it goes about setting up its premise, in Witherspoon, the gifted veteran of "Election" and "Pleasantville," it has an actress willing to throw herself completely into the part to excellent effect.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This warmly sentimental G-rated film about facing new realities and recapturing lost dreams has, despite its relatively adult story line, a beguilingly effortless feeling to it, as if it had nothing to prove.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    What's on screen is too honest and from the heart to totally dismiss but too slick and contrived to completely embrace. This is a film that cares about genuine emotion but also wants to tame it, to tidy it up and keep it confined to quarters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Stone is also a director who has often felt that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, and his weakness for bloody excesses of all sorts undermines much of his good work. You might not think that a motion picture called Savages could be too violent, too savage, but you would be wrong.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Cities engulfed by rolling walls of flame, sinister aquamarine power blasts turning beloved national monuments to toast, even the roiling clouds the spaceships appear out of, they are all disturbing, unsettling and completely convincing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Does have a large and capable cast and, in James Foley, a director with a taste for visual flourishes. They all so fell in love with the script by Doug Jung they didn't notice how much a derivative retread it is of superior material like "The Grifters" and even "The Sting."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    While it's futile to pretend that Life Is Beautiful completely triumphs--it's simply too tough a concept to sustain--what is surprising about this unlikely film is that it succeeds as well as it does.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Despite the best efforts of director Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World's story of Indominus rex on the loose, while certainly acceptable, doesn't have the same impact as the initial film.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though originality is not one of its accomplishments, Anastasia is generally pleasant, serviceable and eager to please.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    If the bad guys didn't reappear with welcome regularity, "Money Never Sleeps" would be even more of a snooze than it already is.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A knockout of a sports documentary. Destined against its will to be known as "the LeBron James movie," it is all that, and a good deal more.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Though placing the cheerleading Eckers front and center as key interview subjects gives their film a self-congratulatory, gee-whiz quality, "Outrageous" compensates by giving you a good sense of who Tucker was and how she got where she did.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    This is a film bound and determined to do whatever it takes to be your Valentine. If it had trusted itself more, it might even have succeeded.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Director Timur Bekmambetov has combined two things that never connected before. He's taken a glossy Hollywood-type fantasy thriller about the battle between supernatural forces of good and evil right here on planet Earth and infused it with a homegrown, distinctively Russian soul.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An intriguing entertainment that’s invigorated by smart filmmaking and potent acting by the virtuosic Weisz and her fine costar, Michael Shannon.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    This narrowly cast documentary focuses so exclusively on a publicity tour the former president took in the closing months of 2006 that a more accurate title might be "Jimmy Carter How I Sold My Book."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Smart, sweet and playful romantic comedy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A thoughtful look backward, a summing up that attempts to understand what is ephemeral and what truly lasts, what it is that matters in the final analysis.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    No one comes out and says that music is the language of the soul, but no one has to. We see it happening right before our eyes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Despite the story's melodramatic contrivances the creation of characters we actually care about is beyond this film's capabilities.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    For with songs like "You Can Close Your Eyes," "You've Got a Friend" and numerous others on the soundtrack, this is finally a film hard not to enjoy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    As much as we intellectually admire Jarhead, it's a cold film that only sporadically makes the kind of emotional connection it's after.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Stays remarkably close to its predecessor in all the ways that count.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Made with a palpable sense of urgency, this tense, propulsive motion picture is a model of what mainstream entertainment can be like when everything goes right.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    The idea that sexual harassment is about power, not sex, and that a woman in power can potentially misbehave just like a man may be news to certain segments of the population, but they are not news enough to light a much-needed fire under this production. [9 Dec 1994, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    It is only, frankly, the strength of Winslet's performance that rises above conventional surroundings and makes The Reader the experience it should be.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The result is a top-drawer melodrama, a polished example of commercial movie-making that manages to improve on the original while retaining its best-selling spirit. [30 Jun 1993 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    This amiable, old-fashioned film is no world-beater, but it underlines why, appearances with empty chairs excepted, it is always a pleasure to see this man on the screen.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Defiance has some genuine strengths but also some weaker elements, and these opposing traits battle it out kind of the way the contentious Bielskis fought not only the Germans but each other.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Both a beautiful film and a disturbing one, and the connection between those two characteristics makes it the most disquieting of documentaries.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    All dressed up with no particular place to go, this 22nd Bond film tries hard but ends up an underachiever.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Unconventional, imaginative, nothing if not audacious, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a portrait of creativity from the inside, a serious yet playful attempt to find an artistic way to tell an emotional truth.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    As far as conspiracy thrillers go, Pioneer is as paranoid as they come.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    It may be unfair to ask a film like this not to be shamelessly manipulative, but wouldn't it be nice if audiences could be trusted to feel things more or less on their own without layers of unnecessary hokum entering the picture?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    K-19's determination to push hard for self-congratulatory morals and convenient resolutions undercut the film's strengths and make it more conventional.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Keeps its filmmakers behind the camera and does without the personality-driven "Fahrenheit's" sarcastic sense of humor.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    This Oliver Hirschbiegel-directed German drama tells a fascinating but inevitably grim story, both more interesting and more downbeat than one might anticipate.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Directed by Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg, Pocahontas is on the formulaic side, a copy that duplicates what its predecessors have done, only a little less adroitly and with a little less style. [16Jun1995 Pg. F.01]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Unfortunately for Man on the Moon, Kaufman is definitely a person more interesting to hear about than to experience, an acquired taste few will be tempted to acquire.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Hologram for the King is a baffling film, cinema without weight or heft. The problem is not that anything on screen is troubling, it's that nothing there, not even star Tom Hanks, is capable of holding our interest or attention for very long.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Yet with so much going for it, the film's creators have made the classic Hollywood choice and treated its actresses like flesh-and-blood special effects. If you've got talent like this, or so the theory goes, a coherent story is a luxury that can be dispensed with.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Slick and forceful, largely unconcerned with character, eager for any opportunity to pump up the volume both literally and metaphorically, The Rock is the kind of efficient entertainment that is hard to take pleasure in.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    As a filmmaker, [Johnston] doesn't always trust his audience as much as he should, opting for overly insistent music and voice-over and withholding information in key areas. But he knew a good story when he saw one, and we can all be grateful for that.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Not the place to go look for nuanced, deeply emotional performances. The acting is inevitably on the formal side, suitable for the pageant this film is. But don't let that dissuade you. They won't be making another film like this any time soon, and the chance to see all those elephants is not one you get every day.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The result is a film that is solid and acceptable instead of soaring and exceptional, one unnecessarily hampered in its quest to reach the magical heights of the trilogy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    This tale of nautical derring-do has several things going for it to counteract the inherent obviousness of the material. These include a director who knows his way around this kind of material, special effects work that makes the peril fearfully alive, and a pip of a true story of what is considered as daring a rescue mission as the U.S. Coast Guard ever attempted.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    The film's formula of following these four from three weeks before the start of things right through the competition is a tried and true one that can't help but have success.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    The non-fighting parts of Kiss of the Dragon are, despite the presence of co-star Bridget Fonda, completely non-compelling. It's a proud convention in films like this for fans to mark time during exposition, waiting patiently for the action to start up again, and Kiss is very much in that tradition.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Unusual in its ability to mix bodily functions humor with a sincere and unlooked-for sense of decency.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    It's a decorous film, conventionally well-made, but don't be fooled. Its emotional impact is considerable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Isn't good and isn't bad, it just isn't. A lethargic would-be entertainment as well as a dispiriting vanity project, it is such a misfire that it makes it hard to remember what was special about its predecessor.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Overall, these brief sections, which feature both authors on camera, come off more like self-congratulatory infomercials than they should.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A self-satisfied film about insecure people, a quirky and episodic comic drama that squanders its genuine assets and ends up not as special as it tries to be.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Low Down is one from the heart. It's a melancholy, evocative, beautifully made memory piece, unblinking and unromanticized, a lovely film that brings great emotion and a dead-on feeling for time, place and recaptured mood to a story that is as universal as it is personal.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It has the awkwardness that characterizes many first features and, as befits a culture that does not always prize refinement, some of its performances and situations are not as subtle as they should be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    The Wayne's World concept, which, egged on by a rabid studio audience, works so beautifully in skit format, ends up feeling dragged out and energy-less at feature length. [14 Feb 1992 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Certainly acceptable. But no one seeing it is going to feel as spooked as executive producer Roy Lee. To make an audience feel that intensely, you need a different kind of director and a different kind of film.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    An emotional experience that is straight-ahead but satisfying.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Coppola decided that he really wasn't making a horror film after all, but rather a love story, a comic burlesque, a costume drama, a piece of erotica, whatever. But no matter what else you do with it, a Dracula that cannot manage to be more scary than silly is as pitilessly doomed as that elegant old Transylvanian himself. [13 Nov 1992]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 57 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    It is hard to say what is more dispiriting about True Romance the movie itself or the fact that someone somewhere is sure to applaud its hollow, dime-store nihilism and smug pseudo-hip posturing as a bright new day in American cinema. [10 Sept 1993]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Thor has its strengths, but it is finally something of a mishmash with designs on being more interesting than it manages to be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Always crisp and watchable. But as the film's episodic story gradually reveals itself, it ends up too unconvincing and conventional to consistently hold our attention.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    The less seriously the genial French comedy Populaire takes itself, the more amusing it is. Fortunately, with small exceptions, this film doesn't take itself very seriously at all.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    There's nothing really wrong with all this in theory, but the overall doofiness of the execution is finally too much to overcome. The filmmakers come off like their protagonist, wide-eyed tourists in an exotic realm. If you've been looking for a martial arts film to take granny and the kids to, this might be the one, but a Jackie Chan-Jet Li collaboration deserves better than that.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Southpaw is so logic-defying it takes on a Frankenstein life of its own, especially with as energetic and focused an action maestro as Fuqua ("Training Day," "The Equalizer") in charge.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Madagascar is a classical gas. It's a good-humored, pleasant confection that has all kinds of relaxed fun bringing computer-animated savvy to the old-fashioned world of Looney Tunes cartoons.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Creepy and grotesque rather than terrifying. It's more distasteful than anything stronger, a sour bottle of a celebrated vintage that a gourmet like Lecter wouldn't hesitate to send back with the sommelier.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Winterbottom, who's never been a director with a gift for warmth, can't make this romance come alive. Morton and Robbins are gifted actors, but they seem straitjacketed here, and the film finds it difficult to avoid tedium as their lugubrious relationship unfolds.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    It's an undeniably small yet almost indefinable film, warmhearted and bittersweet, laced with both humor and tough emotions. Plus it has a kind of bicoastal appeal.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    As sequels go, this one is acceptable, nothing more, nothing less.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    These creations have become like family to Lasseter as well as to each other, and they never fail to make us smile.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    With performers this engaging, we never want to stop watching, even as events go from grim to grimmer over four long and bitter years.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The kind of tension you would expect is never completely present.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Listless, disjointed and disconnected, this meandering two-hour, 32-minute exercise in futility will fascinate no one who doesn't have a blood relation among the cast or crew.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    What happened to these men on that ascent is fascinating, though factors like differences in gear between 1924 and today means that definitively answering the question of how far Mallory climbed is not possible. Which seems, somehow, just as it ought to be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A Walk Among the Tombstones is the creepiest film I've seen in quite some time, and that's not meant as a compliment.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Rachel McAdams gives the kind of performance we go to the movies for. The rest of the film isn't always up to her level, but it does provide genial entertainment until it runs out of steam.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    The melodrama of the Maugham original is too simplistic to involve, and the places the film's plot goes are so obvious that even the presence of quality actors can't create sufficient interest.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The film's drawback, and it is a serious one, is that few of its characters wear very well. The more we see them, the less they involve us and hold our interest, a situation not helped by the bombastic, theatrical style of acting a few of the performers have felt free to employ.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Sensitively directed by Ron Shelton and helped by what just might be the best performance of Kurt Russell's career, Dark Blue is as interesting and successful as it can be within its limits, but those limits make this a more generic film than its makers intended.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A tense thriller that also has more on its mind than the familiar genre constraints it operates under.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    There is no shaking the feeling that Branagh and his cast are a kind of an espionage film B team, capable of mild diversion but nothing more.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    There's a mystery at the heart of Sherlock Holmes, and it's not the one the great master of detection has been called on to solve. It's how a film that has so many good things going for it has turned out to be solid but not spectacular.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    One of the five most popular films of the year in France, "Wolf" is a cross-cultural hoot that no one should take too seriously.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Beloved is ungainly and hard to follow at times, like the proverbial giant not quite sure how to best use its strength. But that power exists, present and undeniable, and once this film gets its bearings, the unsentimental fierceness of its vision brushes obstacles and quibbles from its path.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    THE Kingdom has some power but not enough sense. A ripped-from-today's-headlines thriller, it wants us to feel as if we're watching something relevant when what's really going on is a slick excuse for efficient mayhem that's not half as smart as it would like to be.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Rising Sun has gotten everything backward. Mystifying when it should be clear and clear when it should be mystifying, it is the murkiest, most unsatisfying of thrillers. And the biggest mystery of all is how a project that appeared to have so much going for it could have gone so determinedly astray.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    If Leaving is a romantic parable, it is a dark and depressing one, emphasizing not the sensuality of attraction but rather the obsessive side of romantic behavior. This is mad love for sure, and that is not usually a pretty picture.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The sharpest inside Hollywood comedy in quite a while.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Hardwicke has connected so intensely to the Meyer novel that it's hard to imagine anyone else making a better version.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Unfortunately, "Blood and Honey" has script problems: Its core story is less compelling than its overall atmosphere.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    As advertised, A Knight's Tale does try to rock you. The problem is, it doesn't rock you nearly enough.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Stella may be frothy and paper-thin, but it's also another great success for star Angela Bassett, who transforms the film into an infomercial for her considerable abilities.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Falling Down encourages a gloating sense that we the long-suffering victims are finally getting our splendid revenge. The ultimate hollowness of that kind of triumph reflects the shallowness of a film all too eager to serve it up. [26 Feb 1993, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    You can see the stuff Million Dollar Arm throws at you from miles away, but that doesn't stop this baseball movie from being genially enjoyable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Though he claims to be a seeker, someone who "has to find out" why believers believe, Maher sets out not after answers but cheap laughs that preach, so to speak, to the converted.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A film that's at times as ragged and shaggy as its family unit. But as written and directed by Thomas Bezucha, its offbeat mixture of highly choreographed comic crises and the occasional bite of reality make for an unexpectedly enticing blend.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though he is on less certain ground during the narrative's moments of warmth than when things are grim, director Cretton manages it all successfully. With Woody Harrelson as its dependable lodestar, "The Glass Castle" never loses its sense of direction or its belief in where it’s going.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Salles has lovingly crafted a poetic, sensitive, achingly romantic version of the Kerouac book that captures the evanescence of its characters' existence and the purity of their rebellious hunger for the essence of life.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    What results is a film with some bright spots but whose effect is finally as muddled and wearying as the event itself sometimes is.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Snyder stands revealed here as more of a beginner than a visionary in his uncertain approach to making an on-screen world come alive.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Inspired by actual events, Saints and Soldiers benefits by being a small-scale war movie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    An elegant, deliberate film about loneliness and hope, connection and loss.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    An extraordinarily intimate, deeply affecting and revelatory documentary on how pain and passion can come together in a creative artist.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    An exquisite performance by Charlotte Rampling, whose work as Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya, the matriarch of the great estate the cherry orchard sits on, is the film's dazzling centerpiece.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Non-Stop is a crisp, efficient thriller that benefits greatly from the intangibles Neeson can be counted on to supply.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A perfectly acceptable motion picture. The only thing that keeps it from even greater accomplishments may be inherent in the story itself.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    All this is good as far as it goes, but the problem is the good parts don't last long enough.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A rambling, mildly entertaining performance film.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The problem with Anna and the King is that it's caught halfway between then and now--- the film tries to throw in notions of cultural relativism and big power imperialism, but can't do without corny shtick.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Aside from Paltrow's performance, Sylvia is neither a film so spectacular it shouldn't be missed nor something so tepid you have to stay away.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Though Waterworld has some haunting underwater visual moments, the film's impact is weakened by flat dialogue, an overemphasis on jokeyness and a plot that, despite all those screenwriters, does not satisfactorily hold together at any number of points.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Trapped in a no man's land between seriousness and pulp trash, it plays like a combination of "Death Wish" and "The Hours." If that sounds like an awkward fit, it is.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Minions' all-silliness all-the-time philosophy will put a smile on faces and keep it there, like a fizzy beverage on a hot afternoon.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    War Machine is the first of Australian filmmaker Michod's three films...to have a dominant sense of humor. What unites it with its predecessors is Michod's fierce intelligence and formidable directing skill.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A nifty international thriller of the "what if?" variety.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This is quiet but potent filmmaking that believes nothing is more important than the story it has to tell.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Given everything, it's no surprise that the verdict on the film has to be a split decision. Troy is a movie you believe in physically...Believing in Troy emotionally, however, presents a greater challenge.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Against all reason and expectation, the result is a distinctly unfunny film.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    A technical amazement that points computer-generated animation toward the brightest of futures, it's also cartoonish in the worst way, the prisoner of pedestrian plot points and childish, too-cute dialogue.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Joy
    Despite some quite engaging sections, "Joy" is, unlike previous Russell films, dragged down more than it is inspired by its chaotic ambience, a film whose variations in tone can't be overcome.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Eraser does have a few big-ticket stunts that hold the attention, but director Charles Russell, fresh from "The Mask," isn't able to infuse them with the intensity and believability that James Cameron brought to comparable sequences in "True Lies."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    W.
    W. is not a dispassionate biography; it is an interpretation of personality intersecting with history, and as a piece of drama it is persuasive and perfectly creditable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Though it is always pleasant and agreeable, this film has the bland and undemanding texture that characterizes movies made for network TV.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Max
    Just because people are objecting to Max for all the wrong reasons doesn't make it a good film, and it's not. It's a bizarre curiosity memorable mainly for the way it fritters away its potentially interesting subject matter via a banal script, unimpressive acting and indifferent direction.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The key problem is that writer-director Peter Landesman has pushed too hard to make this story fit into a dramatic mold, alternating melodrama and romance with those earnest warnings in a way that is more ungainly than effective.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    A weakly comic splatter movie oversupplied with jokey, cartoonish violence.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Actors gravitate toward passion projects, films they care deeply, even obsessively about, but the end result is hardly ever as convincing as A Tale of Love and Darkness a film of beautiful melancholy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The best kind of labor of love. A documentary made with affection and intelligence, it looks at a brief episode in the life of a cultural icon and uses it to illuminate what turns out to be a telling moment in time and in the process shed some light on the man himself.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Getting progressively less involving as it goes along, the strongest feeling Series 7 creates is the passionate desire to change the channel and move on.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Entertainment like this is too hard to find to second-guess for too long.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Succeeds as a full-bodied diversion because it takes even its silly elements seriously. If you're in the mood for impressive castles and sumptuous costumes, torch-lit processions and decorative nudity, this is the place to turn.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    While its ambition and scope pull one way, its pinched and unconvincing sense of drama pull the other.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Suffers from being neither here nor there. In its rush to modernize its story and attract a young audience with stars like Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow, the film ends up problematic both in relation to the original and on its own terms.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Unfortunately, attempts to be original are not enough, they have to succeed, and this film's solutions tend to present themselves as alternately gimmicky and banal.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Hitchcock puts major league star power at the service of its peek-behind-closed-doors premise. But whatever that relationship was like in real life, this is one cinematic portrait of a marriage we could have lived without.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Though he has competition, especially from the folks playing the visiting royals, Murray is very much the reason to see "Hyde Park."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    This film has much more to do with what goes on inside director Tim Burton's head than with any TV show, no matter how beloved. In fact, Dark Shadows is as good an example as any of what might be called the Way of Tim, a style of making films that, like the drinking of blood, is very much an acquired taste and, unless you're a vampire, not worth the effort.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    So professionally done you rarely have the luxury of taking your eyes off the screen.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Has a good deal of the appeal, and the drawbacks, of a high school play. It can be pokey and overly earnest and its dramatics are not always polished, but, on the other hand, would you want them to be?
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Life's a Breeze is a small film with a considerable amount of charm. Comic and idiosyncratic, it takes a warmhearted view toward its protagonists while still seeing them for exactly who they are.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Money Monster is all over the map, mixing earnest contemporary relevance, black comedy, bogus emotion and tragedy with its nominal thriller plot, all to frankly bewildering effect.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Neither the script nor the direction nor the acting has been able to make these characters into ones we want to invest ourselves in. The Truth About Charlie is one very busy film, but it's really not going anywhere.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    What's especially disheartening is the large gap between what's on the screen and the significant, meaningful work its creators sincerely believe they've made.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Though individual set pieces are well done, the film inevitably leaves an empty taste behind it once it's done.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    In the end, star charisma and Liman's style win us over and we relax into a sophisticated summertime diversion that is noticeably intended for adults.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Genially preposterous and pleasantly diverting, it balances calculation against humanity and generally comes out on top.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though it would be dishonest to call this an unqualified success, it would be churlish not to tip the hat to Love Actually's genuine charm.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's that rare film that captures and conveys the romance of the theatrical experience.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    There is often not enough space for all these personalities to truly play out. They tend to become types rather than people, representatives of classes and points of view more than individual human beings.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Working with cinematographer Karl Walter Lindenlaub, director Caton-Jones has givenRob Roy a beautiful wide-screen look, filled with gorgeous vistas. But this film is like a color Xerox copy of the real thing: hard to tell from an original until you look closely at the details.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    La Sagrada is always going to be a spectacular building, but cinematographer Patrick Lindenmaier does an especially fine job of showing us the play of light in the cathedral's enveloping interiors.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A lively, clever, fast-moving film that isn't overly reverential about its subject.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    But a great sense of pace is a wonderful thing, and director Jackson and his crew (who made good use of hand-held and Steadicam shots and reportedly averaged an impressive 30 to 40 camera setups a day) move so quickly from shot to shot and location to location that viewers have a limited time to dwell on the film's predictable implausibilities.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Aside from the singing and dancing, it is the color and pageantry of India as filtered through the work of cinematographer Santosh Sivan that captivates us.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Going boldly where no one has gone before is not what it used to be. Contentedly settled into a prosperous middle age, the "Star Trek" series now seems more comfortable retracing its own footsteps, carefully offering its horde of fans interludes that aspire to do no more than fit snugly into the patterns of the past.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    The resolution and strength of Wright's unimpeachable performance makes the whole story seem flesh-and-blood real in a way that it would not otherwise be.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    In an odd way Pretty Horses has been too faithful to the spirit of this somber, fatalistic, melancholy romance, too much a stubborn ode to stoicism, to light any emotional fires.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Its heart is so much in the right place it is difficult to get really peeved at it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Assisted by a well-crafted script by the veteran William Goldman and a masterful performance by Anthony Hopkins, Hicks has turned two King short stories into a somber meditation on the dreams and frustrations of childhood and the ways the adult world makes its darker qualities known.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Even if it's not quite as lighter than air as its predecessor, Snatch remains a lethal diversion.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The combined intensity of these two performances (Jones and Blanchett) obliterates objections and raises the stakes in what might otherwise have been a standard western.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    At once too neat and too messy, but films like this are too rare to leave it at that. Ragged but ambitious, it retains a core of genuine emotion -- this picture is doing the best it can, and although that may not be everything, it ought to count for something.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Though Pitt is as attractive as ever, "Seven Years" offers other things to look at and in fact functions better as a travelogue than as a drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Surviving Picasso is quite well made and easy enough to watch, but it's not noticeably challenging or involving.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A fascinating hybrid. A Hollywood fantasy at its most fantastic, the film is equal parts true innocence and shameless calculation. Deciding whether the glass is half empty or half full depends on which part you are willing to embrace.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Still worth watching because it provides a showcase for a group of actors who really appreciate this kind of farcical comedy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Despite a weakness for trying to tie things up with melodramatic violence, Singleton remains a fluid filmmaker who works well with actors. He may not be there yet, but he is on the road.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Oblivious to niceties like subtlety, plausibility and discretion, it rushes heedlessly toward its destination of audience arousal. Like a flood, the impact is undeniable but it's not something everyone will want to get in the way of. [24Jul1996 Pg. F.01]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Like Malkovich's out of control Russian accent, Rounders ends up reaching a place too hard to understand and even harder to believe in.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    The result inevitably pushes too hard at times and can't help but stray into melodrama, yet the film does an admirable job of transplanting the novel's thoughtful concerns into a fast-moving suspense context.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Blends great cinematic energy with an awkwardly mixed multinational cast and aggressively over-modernized dialogue.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An example of how expert action filmmaking and up-to-the-minute visual effects can transcend a workmanlike script and bring excitement to conventional genre material.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Stiller's sensibility creates a movie that's smarter than you think it will be.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    With the help of clear direction and some excellent acting, especially from Flora Cross in a memorable debut as Eliza, Bee Season is affecting in ways that movies have all but given up trying to be.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    With its indefinable, almost indescribable combination of whimsy, sentiment and strangeness, "Mood Indigo" (co-written by Gondry and Luc Bossi) will not be to all tastes at all times. But frame for frame, the amount of invention going on here can't be believed unless it's seen.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Life is efficiently constructed to unsettle audiences. It demonstrates both the pleasures and the limitations of doing a skillful job with familiar genre material.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    If this beautifully made if flawed film sends people back to his book, it will have done good work for sure.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Only a teenage boy could find this kind of stuff continually diverting, and only a teenage boy would not notice flimsy emotions and underdeveloped acting. It seems George Lucas, like Peter Pan, has never really grown up.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    The latest in an unending series of bleakly comic, nihilistic neo-noirs to reach the screen, U-Turn's story of a bad day in an Arizona hell invests a lot of skill and style in a trifling tale. So it manages to sporadically amuse even while it's wasting your time.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Townsend's sincerity, his admiration for the idealism of the people behind the anti-WTO protests, is never in doubt, but combining drama with historical re-creation is frankly a challenge his filmmaking skills are not up to.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Eastwood, as always, has simply done things his own way, and the result is a leisurely old-school entertainment with a bit more edge than you may be expecting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Effie Gray is fortunate to have enough strong performances by Fanning, Thompson and top-flight costars (including cameos by James Fox, Robbie Coltrane, Derek Jacobi and even Claudia Cardinale) to eventually overcome the doldrums of decorum and create the feeling we've been needing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Hokey though it is, with a horse-hugger ending thrown in to boot, Hidalgo has a sweet-natured appeal that welcomes sentiment without overdoing it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Ricki and the Flash is a sour movie masquerading as something more cheerful. In that attempted deception the film is both helped and hindered by an indispensable performance by star Meryl Streep.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    While the film glistens a bit now and again, a closer look reveals you've been diverted not by a diamond but by a genuine synthetic zircon.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Though the Strick-Robinson script is solid from line to line, the film's plot is finally too implausible for anyone to rescue.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Get Smart neglects the laughs and amps up the action, resulting in a not very funny comedy joined at the hip to a not very exciting spy movie. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    It is deeply unpleasant to see women abducted, tortured and eviscerated by a methodical and meticulous butcher.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Oblivion has the ability to haunt you visually and, with an unanticipated love story, even emotionally.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    This is an earnest and way-contrived endeavor that manages, due largely to Costner's efforts, to be genially diverting in a gee-whiz kind of way.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A sense of lethargy hangs uneasily over the lumbering new version of The Magnificent Seven. Despite its sturdy plot, seasoned director and capable cast toplined by Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke, it arrives in a comatose state, a film unlikely to arouse passions one way or another.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A genial look at what happens when a wannabe becomes a headliner, Rock Star only stumbles when it decides it has to deliver a lesson about What's Really Important.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    It's not often that you see talented, well-meaning people joined together like cultists in the snare of a group delusion, but that's what makes this film fascinating, the proverbial accident you can't take your eyes off.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    It has its successful moments but it's surprisingly inert overall, more like a Burton derivative than something he actually did himself.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    One of the most successful, provocative and intensely contemporary of Israeli films, so much so that to watch it is to feel the country having a passionate argument with itself.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Anyone looking for the kind of comic brio that Dustin Hoffman and company brought to "Tootsie" will not find it here. [24 Nov 1993 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    The only thing that keeps Knight of Cups from terminal artistic overreach as it follows Rick around town is the knockout cinematography of three-time Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki, who does superb work showing us contemporary Los Angeles in a most magical way.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A warm and enthusiastic documentary.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    It's a cautionary tale of sorts, but the story is so strange it is often not clear exactly what it's cautioning us against.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Carrying Shooter through its difficulties is, finally, not its crisp action sequences and definitely not the torture. It's Wahlberg's performance, which is the film's most old-fashioned element, and its best.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    If you know the name Rezso Kasztner, you won't need any encouragement to see Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis. If you don't, that is even more reason to see this documentary on the strange and compelling life and death of one of the most morally complex figures to come out of the Holocaust.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    With two of the world's biggest stars in tow, the creators of The Devil's Own can be forgiven for figuring that nothing else really mattered. If you've got Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt, do you really need a coherent script? Unfortunately for everyone concerned, the answer is yes.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    If The Hudsucker Proxy is a triumph, it is a zombie one. Too cold, too elegant, too perfect, more an exhibit in a cinema museum than a flesh-and-blood film, "Proxy's" highly polished surface leaves barely any space for an audience's emotional connection. [11 Mar 1994, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Has little to occupy us once its battle scenes recede. One of those goofy movies where devil-may-care Russian soldiers unwind by playing the balalaika far into the night, it takes itself far more seriously than anyone else will be able to manage.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The film is well intentioned and mildly diverting, but in attempting to modernize its story it has lost many of the things that make the original so memorable and not gained much in return.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A political thriller with more plausibility -- and yes, more thrills -- than most.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    A decorative Italian soap opera with an asterisk for earnest aspirations. Its beautiful people say painful things to each other in gorgeous clothes, and though the film expects us to take their problems seriously, it's awfully hard to do so.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This gently amusing, genuinely sweet animated film makes you smile from start to finish?
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    If you are willing to take the plunge and view things through Luhrmann's prism, "Australia" does deliver the classic dramatic and romantic satisfactions its ambitious advertising campaign promises.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    O
    Essential to the success it manages is Hartnett's low-key, charismatic performance -- cool, withholding, compelling. The triumph of his insinuating Hugo/Iago is how plausible he is, how he manages to convincingly inject poison in so many minds without seeming to be trying.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A cheerful and smart mock documentary about hairdressing and Hollywood that knows enough not to take itself too seriously.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Perhaps The Heart of Me's greatest success is the way it avoids turning any of its characters into villains. They all act badly at times, but we feel for them just the same; they never lose our sympathy. Weepy or not, that's an accomplishment any kind of film can feel proud of.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Nominally a satiric comedy, the film is only sporadically effective, running out of energy before it reaches the end.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Affleck and Paltrow, who've been excellent elsewhere, display less chemistry than they've shown in magazine photo shoots. Even Woody and Bo Peep had more going on between them in "Toy Story" than these two manage here.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A potato chip of a movie. Tasty and lightweight, it's fine for a cinematic snack, if that's what you're looking for. Making it an entire meal, however, really isn't advisable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Beautifully made but emotionally empty, it exists only for the sensation of its provocative moments.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    By any rational standard, this film is kind of a mess. Even if you agree with its politics, you will probably weep at the ineptitude of it all.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Veteran director Roger Spottiswoode has tried to pep the old warhorse up, but the combined inertia of all those pictures over 35 years proves hard to budge.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    White House Down is a hoot and a half, a shameless popcorn entertainment that is preposterous and diverting in just about equal measure.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    This is not a chance to "experience the most timeless of stories as you've never seen it before" but just the opposite: an opportunity, for those who want it, to encounter this story exactly the way it's almost always been told.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Awkwardly balanced between comedy and significance, with plotting that gets increasingly schematic and unconvincing, My Old Lady is bound and determined to get more serious than it is capable of sustaining.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It would be dishonest to deny that Jade Scorpion has amusing moments, but it never gets better than that and often settles for less.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Unashamedly silly, inevitably erratic, it has so much fun sending up the world of exploitation filmmaking that even the most serious film student won't be able to suppress a laugh or two. Maybe even more.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though it has loftier aims, it is in reality strictly a film made by believers for believers. It's like the Discovery Channel version of the Greatest Story Ever Told, an earnest, not particularly distinguished piece of work that has none of the touch of the poet that made Pasolini's "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" such a triumph.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Numbing but not boring, it's finally more dispiriting than exhilarating, like a wild night of debauchery that leaves only a fearsome hangover for a souvenir.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Despite its good intentions, Spirit is more self-conscious and uninspiring from a dramatic point of view than one might have wished. Still, whenever it threatens to get bogged down in earnest dramaturgy, a stirring visual sequence -- rouses us.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Not as much fun as it should be. Few of its numerous actors make a lasting impression and Burton's heart and soul is not in the humor but (remember the "Batman Returns" backlash) in deadpan postmodern horrors, of which this film has a few.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The French have a knack for it. They've been making funny and agreeable movie farces for forever, and seeing The Women on the 6th Floor makes you hope they'll never stop.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    LaBute can't avoid a fatal mistake in the modern era: He's changed the male academic from a lower-class Brit to an American, a choice that upsets the novel's exquisite balance and shreds the fabric of the film, corrupting all of LaBute's good work and robbing it of the impact it would otherwise have.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A blithe and unapologetic fairy tale about affairs of the heart, it's a spun-sugar confection that's so light and airy it threatens to simply float away.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Directed by Olivier Dahan, Isabelle Huppert takes the most familiar type of material and attains impeccable results.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    [Barthes'] measured, distanced style brings a certain stiffness to the proceedings and makes us miss even more than usual the Emma Bovary interior monologue that makes the book so memorable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    As with the DeMille ventures, enjoyment here involves managing expectations and not taking things too seriously.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Though what he does here pretty much defines coasting, Nicholson just fooling around adds an energy to even the kind of hopelessly contrived material that lets you know that the lowest common denominator just got lower.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Story line and characterization are decidedly old-fashioned, and a curious decision about production design gives this wide-screen cartoon some of the look and feel of a Saturday morning TV cartoon series
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Something we want to like more than we can. It's a mild family film with an excellent cast that never develops traction.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    For very much like Peter, it has clearly gotten harder for this director to break free of the lure of material things and believe in simple magic. And whatever problems his Hook has, there are none that making the film on half of its budget wouldn't have cured.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    300
    300 is something to see, but unless you love violence as much as a Spartan, Quentin Tarantino or a video-game-playing teenage boy, you will not be endlessly fascinated.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Sleek and satisfying....Almost a drawing room thriller, unhurried and genteel but enlivened with suspense and surprising bursts of sly, even biting, humor.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    If the circus is a hierarchical pyramid, August is at the very top. It's a part tailor-made for the accomplished Waltz, an Oscar winner for "Inglourious Basterds," and he eats it alive.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Disorganized but engaging, full of visual pyrotechnics and earnest emotion, it is diverting, if not necessarily convincing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    It can't decide what kind of a film it wants to be and so ends up failing across a fairly wide spectrum.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Despite being structured in an intriguing way -- bits of confusing action are shown first and explained later -- The International never finds its footing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Working from a screenplay by Edgerton, rising Australian director Matthew Saville has expertly constructed a low-key, realistic drama in which the malleability of morality in an increasingly murky situation takes center stage.

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