Kenneth Turan
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For 1,904 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 10.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Ponyo
Lowest review score: 0 Fair Game
Score distribution:
1,904 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This jazzy crime melodrama is engrossing and exhilarating because of Espinosa's impressive command of a wide range of filmmaking skills.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    If Asian martial arts movies interest you even a little bit, you're going to want to see Iron Monkey. Not only that, you're going to want to see it more than once.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A warm and feisty documentary that is as much inquiry as it is tribute.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    No concept in the critical lexicon has been more devalued and debased than "inspirational." The term has been so misused, it's just about lost all meaning. A film that makes that word real and vital has to be special. The Interrupters is such a film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A film that grips us dramatically, intellectually and emotionally.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Matching the strength of these actresses and their personal drama is the film's masterful sense of time and place - the way it makes us feel that this was how it was during four pivotal days in July 1789 as the wheels came off the French monarchy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    As directed by Rachid Bouchareb, himself born in France to Algerian immigrants, "Days of Glory" is a kind of a North African "Saving Private Ryan," a taut, involving film that delivers all the things we look for in war movies and does so with intelligence and integrity.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Insomnia shows an equally welcome ability: a gift of creating intelligent, engrossing popular entertainment.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Aftermath is a bombshell disguised as a thriller.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It may seem like nothing much is happening on-screen, but by the time A Summer's Tale is all over, it feels like everything important has been said and done. Welcome to the magic of Rohmer, one final time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A small-scale gem of a movie, both dramatically aware and psychologically astute.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    As unusual and idiosyncratic as its one-of-a-kind title. You'd expect no less from Terry Gilliam, and admirers of this singular filmmaker will be pleased to know that "Imaginarium" is one of his most original and accessible works.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Starring an ideally cast Patton Oswalt in the title role, Big Fan is a poignant, dead-on character study, an examination of a crisis in the life of the most die-hard of die-hard New York Giants football fans.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.

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