Kenneth Turan
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For 1,836 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 10.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Heat
Lowest review score: 0 The Cell
Score distribution:
1,836 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The riveting documentary In the Shadow of the Moon, is an unexpected knockout.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This haunting phantasmagoria of a film -- comic, singular, surreal -- is not only something no one but the Canadian director could have made, it's also a film no one else would have even wanted to make. Which is the heart of its appeal.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    To come across Classe Tous Risques is like discovering a bottle of marvelous French wine you didn't remember you had, opening it and finding it every bit as delicious as its reputation promised. That's how good this classic fatalistic French gangster film is.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Made with palpable energy, intensity and excitement, it compellingly creates a world gone mad that is uncomfortably close to the one we live in. It is a "Blade Runner" for the 21st century, a worthy successor to that epic of dystopian decay
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Offers up a subversive comic sensibility, one that somehow combines Buster Keaton's deadpan stare with Frank Capra's tireless optimism and filters them both through a black-ice Finnish point of view. Welcome to Aki World.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    One of the real pluses of Up the Yangtze, aside from its empathy with its subjects, is its striking visual quality. Beijing-based cinematographer Wang Shi Qing has an impeccable eye, often coming up with haunting images that show both the beauty and uncertainty of this pivotal time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A remarkably thoughtful drama, Lantana makes it clear not only how hard to come by any emotional comfort is in this life, but more important, why we can't give up on the struggle.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    What makes Seraphine, directed and co-written by Martin Provost, so exceptional is that it neither condescends to nor romanticizes its subject.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Naked is a mesmerizing character study, an attempt to stretch the emotional boundaries of truth on film as far as they will go. For once we think we've seen as much of Johnny as we can take, like an etching by Escher we start to see something else, a glimpse of another person easily missed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    There's nothing terribly wrong with Milk, it's just that its celebration of a culture and a neighborhood, its valentine to the early days of gay rights activism, is mostly more conventional than compelling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A savage comedy about the war in the former Yugoslavia that artfully mixes comic absurdism with a passion for what's right and a concern for the individuality of all concerned.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A beautifully made, unapologetically artistic piece of work.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The powerful things we expect from War Witch are as advertised, but what we don't expect is even better.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Filmmaker Sauper put himself in harm's way numerous times to get so inside the situation, and the intimacy of his technique, his willingness to avoid hectoring voice-overs and simply talk quietly with his subjects, adds compelling believability.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A major American motion picture, an overpowering piece of work that involves some of the most basic human emotions: love, hate, fear, revenge, despair. Directed by Clint Eastwood with absolute confidence and remarkable control.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    French films traditionally take France and its eternal appeal for granted. Summer Hours is the rare film that worries about that, worries about the future, and that proves to be invaluable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Oslo is an example of strong, confident filmmaking in which nothing is miscalculated or out of place. Anchored by a devastating performance by Anders Danielsen Lie, this portrait of existential despair is beautifully made without being self-conscious about its art.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This is a highflying, super-stylish science-fiction thriller that brings a fresh approach to mind-bending genre material. We're not always sure where this time-travel film is going, but we wouldn't dream of abandoning the ride.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Though it is undeniably bleak and pessimistic and marked by a texture of observation worthy of British director Mike Leigh, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu is not as forbidding as it sounds.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Strongly tied to a powerful underlying reality (though it inevitably tends to simplify), this film has the additional advantage of being concerned with the emotional truth of its key relationships, adding an unusual father and son story to its incendiary mix. [29 Dec 1993 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Square bears witness to history in an articulate, thoughtful and intensely dramatic way.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's a film whose pleasures are much more visual than dramatic, but that doesn't mean there aren't serious things on its mind.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A dead-on tale of corporate power, courage, cowardice and how we live.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    As is always the case with Leigh's protagonists, Poppy does not fit into a schematic log line, she simply is. She exists with an intensity that few other filmmakers' characters can manage because of the singular way Leigh creates his people.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Most fun of all, however, is basking in Chappelle's ability to be effortlessly funny. Whether he's making believe he's a pimp in a Dayton clothing store or charming little kids in the Bed-Stuy day-care center that was concert headquarters, his personality infuses the film with infectious good feelings.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Star Michael Caine, who gives one of the great, inescapably moving performances in a career filled with them, based his character on personal impressions of the late author. And Greene's lifelong concern with moral ambiguity gives this film a texture and complexity that movies don't usually achieve.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Part of the problem is that Taiwan-born Lee, though he does a more-than-credible job of directing, isn't sharp on the nuances of British behavior.