Kenneth Turan

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For 2,105 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 9.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

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Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Avatar
Lowest review score: 0 Fair Game
Score distribution:
2105 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Langley's impeccably nonjudgmental camera knows exactly what details to record. Drawn from more than 300 hours of footage, the film's all too brief 94 minutes mesmerizes with its insight and, rarer still, its beauty.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A powerful and effective piece of advocacy filmmaking, but it's difficult to watch it without thinking of subtitles like "The Place Where Evil Dwells" or "The Little Town With the Really Big Secret." Which is no accident.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Aside from superb ensemble work from an 18-member cast, "Together's sense of human potential is its greatest pleasure.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    On a par with Bridges' acting, and a sine qua non for Crazy Heart's success, is the excellent music he sings.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    De Palma's biggest asset, not surprisingly, is the man himself. A formidable talker who is invariably smart, candid and acerbic, De Palma is a person of considerable self-confidence, and listening to him hold forth gives us an always-involving glimpse inside a singular cinematic mind.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Cuaron perfectly understands how a combination of simplicity and restraint help to create a sense of wonder on screen. Under his sure, quiet direction, A Little Princess casts the type of spell most family films can only dream about. [10 May 1995, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Director Amir Bar-Lev finds a way to mix the personal, the philosophical and the historical into a complex human document, something that's funny, moving and sad.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It's typical of the nerve, the bravado, the sheer giddy playfulness and sense of fun that characterize what has to be the boldest and most imaginative studio film of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Avatar's shock and awe demand to be seen. You've never experienced anything like it, and neither has anyone else.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    With his ability to understand and convey these absurdist scenarios in both adult and preteen terms, writer-director Solondz catches the unlooked-for humor in poignant, hurtful situations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Rather than observing this family, we feel we are part of it, and that draws us in as nothing else can.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Exuberant and pitiless, profane yet eloquent, flush with the ability to create laughter out of unspeakable situations, Trainspotting is a drop-dead look at a dead-end lifestyle that has all the strength of its considerable contradictions.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A pleasantly cerebral experience, exhilarating and fizzy, that goes to your head like too much Champagne.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    What results is a thoughtful, analytical yet still emotional film, meticulously investigated and absolutely compelling.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The Salt of the Earth deals with two kinds of journeys the photographer made. The outward one may have literally taken him to the furthest corners of the Earth and resulted in the stunning images the film features, but it is the inward journey that paralleled it that completely holds our attention.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
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    Nothing is extraneous, no moment that doesn't enhance the tension of this nightmare scenario is allowed to survive, until the proceedings become, in the best possible sense, almost unbearable to watch.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Corpse Bride has more warmth and appeal than its title would indicate, but it is finally more grotesque than good-humored. And, even at 75 minutes, it feels longer than its content can comfortably support.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What makes this film especially engrossing is that what happened between that chimp and the humans with whom he spent his life in intimate contact turns out to be only half the story that Marsh, who directed the electrifying "Man on Wire," has to tell.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    To see The Wind Rises is to simultaneously marvel at the work of a master and regret that this film is likely his last.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A beautifully done adaptation of the novel, polished, elegant and completely cinematic. It is also a bit distant, a film that doesn't wear its feelings on its sleeve, but given the effects it's after, that would be counterproductive. [17 Sept 1993, Calendar, p.F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times

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