Kenneth Turan

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For 1,934 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Firm
Lowest review score: 0 Stolen Summer
Score distribution:
1,934 movie reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Quietly devastating. [15 Dec 1993]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A clever and outrageous piece of whimsical fantasy that is unique, unpredictable and more than a little strange.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Crouching Tiger's blend of the magical, the mythical and the romantic fills a need in us we might not even realize we had.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It's a welcome throwback to the days when the world didn't have to end or tanker trucks explode to get an action audience's attention.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A quintessentially wised-up insider comedy, ideally cast and filled with sharp writing from start to finish.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A wildly cinematic futuristic thriller that is determined to overpower the imagination, The Matrix combines traditional science-fiction premises with spanking new visual technology in a way that almost defies description.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Dark, dangerous and a great deal of wicked, amoral fun. A film that manages to be as clever, playful and mock violent as its title, Lock, Stock was a major hit in its native Britain and its cheeky tone, simultaneously calculated and off the cuff, is as hip as anyone could want. [5 Mar 1999]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Bleak childhoods make for the best cinema, and Ratcatcher stands at the head of the class.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A provocatively structured and thrillingly executed film noir, an intricate, inventive use of cinema's possibilities that pushes what can be done on screen in an unusual direction.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A substantial film of unexpected emotional force. And when at a certain point it seems to slip the bonds of this world and take a leap of faith into an almost mythological dimension, it breathlessly takes us along for that memorable ride.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Though Kidman doesn't hesitate to make Grace high-strung and as tightly wound as they come, she also projects vulnerability and courage when they're called for. It's an intense, involving performance, and it dominates and energizes a film that would be lost without it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A martial arts valentine to the power of fighting women. It's a slick and delirious Hong Kong action film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Its charming story of the delicate intersection of three highly individual lives is the kind of completely personal yet universal film that the festival and the entire independent movement came into being to celebrate. And it does it all in 88 deft and funny minutes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    What results is a thoughtful, analytical yet still emotional film, meticulously investigated and absolutely compelling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It turns out to be an especially warm comedy with a hidden heart. It's a film whose humor has feeling behind it because writer-director Peter Hedges doesn't let his comedy overpower an understanding of how emotionally weighted family situations are always going to be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Few actors can be as convincing as leaders of men, and to see Crowe as Capt. Jack Aubrey in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is to see a consummate performer doing what he does best.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A beautifully made, unapologetically artistic piece of work.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    There's nothing casual about the way this film has been put together, yet that painstaking care leads to laughter that is completely unrestrained.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Love and Death on Long Island is sharp, sophisticated and completely delicious, a purposeful comedy that focuses on the power of screen images to uproot lives and the poignancy of amour fou, totally mad love.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Smart and beguiling, it manages the impressive feat of believing wholeheartedly in the power of love without checking its mind at the door.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    One
    If you care about the best kind of independent filmmaking, if you want the option of experiencing artistic films when you go to the movies, missing out on One is not an option. When a film like this appears, attention should be paid.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    As meditative and beautiful as its title would indicate. What is a surprise is the extent to which it manages to be involving if you can put yourself on its wavelength.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Working with excellent site-specific music and this trio of exemplary -- and exceptionally well-cast -- actresses, director Bertuccelli does a superb job of touching just the right emotional notes in recounting the consequences of deception and the importance of family.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Director Demme has done other potent and meaningful films, but The Agronomist defers to none of them in its effectiveness and its power.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The more things change, the more we have to laugh if we are to have a prayer of remaining sane, and the Pythons are the best possible step in that direction.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Leisurely yet intense (Sayles does the editing himself), Lone Star reveals a director whose mastery does nothing but increase. Perhaps now his audience will as well.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Think of writer-director Waters as the Frank Capra of an alternate universe and this film as his genially twisted version of "It's a Wonderful Life," and you'll begin to understand.

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