Kenneth Turan

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For 2,113 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

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Fire at Sea
Lowest review score: 0 Hudson Hawk
Score distribution:
2113 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Writer-director Richard Ayoade has the knack. A fresh and inventive cinematic voice, he's taken a subject that's been beaten half to death and brought it miraculously to life in his smart and funny debut feature, Submarine.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A mature, accomplished piece of work, both funny and deeply felt, personal cinema of the best kind...Levinson has made the memory film we always hoped he would.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Egoyan understands how potent a deliberate pace can be, how effective it is in making already powerful material strong enough to tear at your heart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Don't mistake the brief running time of India's Daughter for a lack of importance or ability to involve. Though it lasts only 63 minutes, this documentary's impact is devastating.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The reason it never ceases to compel is not only the skill of the actors but also the kind of provocative and thoughtful dialogue that characterizes intellectual combat of a high order.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Though the politically incorrect language is tough enough to have earned Clerks an initial NC-17 rating (re-rated R on appeal), its exuberance gives it an alive and kicking feeling that is welcome and rare. [19 Oct 1994]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A bombshell in its home country, Herod's Law is made with the kind of flair that ensures a following everywhere politicians are venal and voters hope against hope for deliverance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Nothing is rushed, everything is given its appropriate time and place. When we watch Hansen-Løve's films, we're not only experiencing a life unfolding before us, we're also realizing what a great privilege it is to be able to do that.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Perhaps the best thing about Schenk's script is that it enticed Eastwood to end his self-imposed acting hiatus and bring his one-of-a-kind aura back to the screen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The conflicts involved are intense and absorbing, proving that compelling moral dilemmas make for the most dramatic cinema.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    That rare movie that completely fulfills its admittedly modest aims.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A Brilliant Young Mind doesn't fit into any familiar inspirational box. Many of its characters are complex, contrary individuals who are not even close to being comfortable in their own skins, and this film refuses to shortchange how frustratingly edgy and difficult they are to interact with.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    So though it echoes the films of Charles Burnett, the plays of August Wilson and "A Raisin in the Sun," at its heart Middle of Nowhere is old-school, character-driven narrative at its most quietly effective.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Amy
    It is the achievement of Amy, Asif Kapadia's accomplished, quietly devastating documentary, that it makes the story of this troubled and troubling individual surprisingly one of a kind by allowing us to, in a sense, live her life along with her.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Gathering its forces slowly, this careful, thoughtful film, quietly but deeply moving, is dramatic without seeming to be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Amore satisfying use of the medium would be difficult to imagine.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The reality of François' classroom is so intense that it holds our interest even while the film's dramatic focus is building so quietly under the surface that we don't notice it at first.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    If there is one moment in The Language of Music that will thrill old rock fans, it's watching Dowd, his fluid hands moving with a surgeon's grace, remix for the film's benefit the 24-track sub-master of "Layla."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    What “black lives matter” means in essence, one of this film’s voices says, “is that all lives matter,” a point “13th” makes with undeniable eloquence as well as persuasive force.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Good-humored and just about reeking of innocence, That Thing You Do! is what a character has in mind when he asks for "something happy, peppy, up-tempo." Leaving audiences feeling good is very much, and very successfully, on its mind. [04 Oct 1996, Pg.F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This utterly compelling behind-the-scenes account of that horrific event unfolds with a potent sense of authority and authenticity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The film packs in so much information and comedy, it would be fun to see it twice: not just to take in what it has to tell us, but also to laugh all over again.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Shows and tells an astonishing story, a disturbing and provocative tale of obsession, bravado and self-invention that leaves you open-mouthed for all kinds of reasons.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    If you can't place the name, or want to know more, Anita is a splendid place to start.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    As unlikely as it is enchanting, The Eagle Huntress tells its documentary story with such sureness that falling under its sway is all but inevitable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The most memorable thing about Sweet Dreams is that it allows us to experience the resilience, the capacity for happiness these women retain in spite of all they've been through. There's a lesson there for all of us.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    What A Bug's Life demonstrates is that when it comes to bugs, the most fun ones to hang out with hang exclusively with the gang at Pixar.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Contact is superior popular filmmaking, both polished and effective. But despite its success and its serious intentions, it's finally a movie where the storytelling makes more of an impact than the story.

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