Kenneth Turan
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For 1,822 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 City of Life and Death
Lowest review score: 0 Lethal Weapon 4
Score distribution:
1,822 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Insomnia shows an equally welcome ability: a gift of creating intelligent, engrossing popular entertainment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    That rare comedy that is as completely entertaining now in its re-release...as it was back then.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    That rare movie that completely fulfills its admittedly modest aims.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This is an intelligent epic told without special pleading, a film able to cut deep enough to reveal a keen specificity of experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Not only do Grant, Scott Thomas, Callow and company handle the sprightly dialogue with aplomb, they are also adept at the doubletakes and befuddled looks that make Four Weddings both amusing and irresistible all the way through the not-to-be-missed final credits. [9 March 1994, Calendar, p.F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Amore satisfying use of the medium would be difficult to imagine.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A blood-chilling dark comedy with unexpected moments of both fury and warmth, a strange, brooding and very accomplished film that sets us back on our heels from its opening frames.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Has an engaging warmth and an effortless sense of life. It also has an instinct for the humanity and universality of situations that are comic, romantic and quite seriously dramatic by turns.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    At a time when so many in this country are at odds about what represents America at its best, it's refreshing and then some to see a film that everyone can agree is an example of exactly that.
    • 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."