Kenneth Turan
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For 1,921 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 10.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Testament of Youth
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,921 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Though it can overreach for emotional effect and overplay its hand at times -- Sexy Beast brings considerable virtues to telling this tale, including a great eye for faces and director Glazer's palpable excitement at working in the feature medium.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Succeeds by never tipping its hand or losing its equilibrium while its characters often seem to be doing nothing but.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It's the style of the thing, not the plot, that is the attraction here, the great way the cast has with the snarky dialogue.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A roguish and delightful comedy of duplicity that's as entertaining as it is sly.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A sharp and satisfying romantic comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    There is something about Stephen Frears' complex, heartbreaking, beautifully made Liam that seems to speak eloquently, painfully to the dilemmas we are facing today, to the terrible price dark times can extort from us all.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This animated retelling of the familiar Old Testament story is playful, high-spirited and unmistakably amusing. It's nice to see that a sense of humor and a sense of values don't inevitably have to cancel each other out.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Once positions hardened, tragedy was all but inevitable, and Bloody Sunday" does the spirit of that awful day full and unforgettable justice.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The film is never more real than when Jimmy unloads his anger on someone close to him, a frequent occurrence. Eminem is an actor with a rare gift for rage, and movie careers, even big ones, have been built on less.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It leaves you stirred and uplifted not only by its music but also by the determination and courage of the people who sang and danced it on the way to a freer life.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Intoxicating and meditative by turns, helped by Fred Frith's minimalist score, this film opens a portal into a singular creative mind.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    While the plot twists in Read My Lips may be too intensely melodramatic for some tastes, the performances of the two leads are impeccable, just about compelling our belief.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A triumph of quiet realism, a piece of sophisticated, subtle filmmaking that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It's a rich, emotional story, a wonderfully appealing film made with humor and intelligence, but there is also something almost magical about how it takes the stuff of innumerable previous films -- love, romance and adolescent coming of age -- and turns them into something that feels one of a kind.
    • 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.

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