Kenneth Turan

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For 2,144 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 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
2144 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Langley's impeccably nonjudgmental camera knows exactly what details to record. Drawn from more than 300 hours of footage, the film's all too brief 94 minutes mesmerizes with its insight and, rarer still, its beauty.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    At once vigorous and old-fashioned, a piece of expertly crafted entertainment that gets the job done with skill and panache. [25 July 1997]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Epic and intimate, historical and contemporary, moving and thought-provoking, the impressive The Princess of Montpensier has something for all and sundry but especially for those who like to believe that films can be as boldly intelligent as they are entertaining.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Provocative, hallucinatory, incendiary, this devastating animated documentary is unlike any Israeli film you've seen. More than that, in its seamless mixing of the real and the surreal, the personal and the political, animation and live action, it's unlike any film you've seen, period.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This offbeat emotional thriller is an unusually satisfying film, intricately constructed, surely directed and splendidly acted. [25 Nov 1992]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    What has resulted is a blistering film you feel in the pit of your stomach, a jumpy, edgy piece of work that thrusts us into a personal maelstrom so tortured and intense, the emotions could be spread with a knife.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A vibrant crime story filled to overflowing with crackling situations, taut dialogue and a heightened, even operatic sense of reality, A Most Violent Year captures us and doesn't let go.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It's a mind-bending film, devastating and disorienting, that disturbs us in ways we're not used to being disturbed, raising questions about the nature of documentary, the persistence of evil, and the intertwined ways movies function in our culture and in our minds.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Part science fiction scare movie, part offbeat romance, part completely unclassifiable, "Color" is also one-man filmmaking of a remarkable sort.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Bergman has never been an ordinary filmmaker, and what he's given us is no genial last hurrah but rather an intensely dramatic, at times lacerating examination of life's conundrums that is exhilarating in its fearlessness and its command.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A godsend for audiences who hunger for rich emotion presented with wit, grace and not a trace of sentimentality, Brooklyn illustrates the power of restraint in dealing with poignant, impassioned material.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The strength of sensational material joined to excellent acting, superior filmmaking and uncanny political relevance has made The Manchurian Candidate into exceptionally intelligent entertainment and a high point of director Jonathan Demme's career.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Rejoice provides both a melodic education and a once-in-a-lifetime concert in one soul-stirring package.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Artistic, obsessive and intoxicating, I Called Him Morgan is a documentary with a creative soul, and that makes all the difference.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Engaging and consummately entertaining.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Up in the Air makes it look easy. Not just in its casual and apparently effortless excellence, but in its ability to blend entertainment and insight, comedy and poignancy, even drama and reality, things that are difficult by themselves but a whole lot harder in combination. This film does all that and never seems to break a sweat.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Led by director Zhang Yimou and dazzling cinematographer Christopher Doyle, the unseen Hero production team has made what just might be the most artistically sophisticated, most formally beautiful martial arts film the genre has seen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Superbly cast from the two at the top to the smallest speaking parts, impeccably directed by Fincher and crafted by his regular team to within an inch of its life, Gone Girl shows the remarkable things that can happen when filmmaker and material are this well matched.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Fast, funny, unexpected and uninhibited, The Triplets of Belleville may be animated, but it is also the product of an artistic vision every bit as rigorous as any lofty Cannes prize-winner. Hearing about a film this special isn't enough. It demands to be seen, and it generously rewards those who, like Madame Souza, let nothing stand in their way.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Bird has created the unprecedented film that is not just a grand feature-length cartoon but a grand feature, period, a piece of animation that's involving across a spectrum of comedy, action, even drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Unapologetically emotional and impeccably made in the classic manner, it tells the kind of potent, many-sided story whose unforeseen complexities can come only courtesy of a life that lived them all.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    As completely real on the psychological level as its up-to-the-moment visual effects have on the physical.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Wised-up as well as traditional, with a striking and detailed look and a strong storyline, it is sure to charm a wide audience both now and for a long time to come.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is impressive filmmaking, but it is not easy to take in.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Heartbreaking, haunting and unexpectedly heartening, First Cousin Once Removed is an uncommonly moving documentary portrait of a mind in disarray.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A gripping psychological drama based on events more than half a century old, it has inescapable contemporary echoes. Laced with intensely emotional situations, it refuses to force the issue by pushing too hard. And it proves, yet again, that though moral and spiritual questions may not sound spellbinding they often provide the most absorbing movie experiences.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Wickedly mocking but empathetic, able to laugh at its characters while paying attention to their sorrows, this subversive comedy about self-esteem resists the notion that films have to timidly remain within tidy genre rules.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is a performance, and a film, to cherish for this year and always.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Rising to crescendos of emotion usually reached only by tenors and sopranos, these characters are the beneficiaries of the luminous writing of the novel and screenplay as well as the expert performances of the actors, especially Scott Thomas.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Beautifully observed, precisely directed and acted with wonderful conviction, it pulls us into the life of its protagonist in a deeply involving way.

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