Kenneth Turan

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For 2,241 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 9.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

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Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 No Man's Land
Lowest review score: 0 Stolen Summer
Score distribution:
2241 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Though Schroeder makes you squirm more than you want to at the inevitable scenes of the trussed-up female murder victim, he also has the proclivity and the skill to make at least the B-picture half of Murder by Numbers of more than passing interest.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Ali
    Whatever the reason, the energy and hold-onto-your-seat excitement that Muhammad Ali brought to the sports world is oddly absent from this quite accomplished but finally distant film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    An elegant farce written and directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. At first, frankly, The Object of Beauty is not as much fun as you might expect it to be, but ends up having more to offer both the audience and Tina and Jake than either we or they suspect. [12 April 1991, p.F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Adventurous, provocative, even daring.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    By and large a notable piece of work, a strong directing debut by actor Ben Affleck that highlights attention-getting performances...But, as adapted from the novel by Dennis Lehane, this brooding, somber film is also ragged around the edges and not without problematic aspects.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Chases, crashes and explosions are thick on the land in the second half of this movie, but though they are expertly done, their size, frequency and increasing disconnection from what was once a coherent story leave you feeling pummeled rather than exhilarated.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Comes close, achingly close, to greatness.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Simultaneously uplifting and melancholy, suffused with an unexpected sense of possibility as much as the inevitable sense of loss.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Telling things through the eyes of a spoiled, precocious, troublemaking 8-year-old narrator is both an overdone device and not a particularly engaging one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Aviva Kempner's warm and intelligent mash note to a man who clearly deserved it.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    It's the film's glowing visual qualities, a striking performance by Denzel Washington and the elegant control Carl Franklin has over it all that create the most exotic crime entertainment of the season.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This calm and thorough film has just the right attitude and tone to deal with a most incendiary story.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Rock is undisputably gifted and charismatic, but when Down to Earth takes his edge away, the film's energy goes with it. And without energy, no comedy can survive.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The writer-director appears to be straining for his effects. Some sequences, especially one involving bondage harnesses and homosexual rape, have the uncomfortable feeling of creative desperation, of someone who's afraid of losing his reputation scrambling for any way to offend sensibilities. [14 Oct 1994]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Takes a clever premise and Black's unflagging manic energy and comes up with a pleasing mainstream comedy that uses new people and attitudes to entertain in old-fashioned ways.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Pedestrian and awkward, this film is a disappointment not only in comparison with Lee's earlier epic, the underrated " Malcolm X," but also in comparison with another film with similar aims, Rachid Bouchareb's "Days of Glory."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    This contemporary remake of the science-fiction classic knew what it was doing when it cast Keanu Reeves, the movies' greatest stone face since Buster Keaton.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The most convincing war movie ever made.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Both an irresistible human story and as fine a documentary on football as "Hoop Dreams" was on basketball.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Mulan has its accomplishments, but unlike the best of Disney's output, it comes off as more manufactured than magical.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Not clever or polished enough to be successful as farce, unwilling to supply any reason to care about any of its characters, unable to make the points about the role of fashion in society it thinks it is, "Ready to Wear" is madness without the usual Altman method.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Blessed with clever plot devices and a villainous horde that makes the once-dread Klingons seem like a race of Barneys, First Contact does everything you'd want a "Star Trek" film to do, and it does it with cheerfulness and style.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Nearly three hours long, and deliberately paced at that, this first feature ever in the Inuit language is a demanding experience. But the rewards for those who risk the journey are simply extraordinary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Gets high marks for tension and excitement.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Cutthroat Island is a bloated, jokey production whose motto, no doubt tattooed on the back of some poor assistant director's neck, could well be, When in doubt, blow something up.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The Vogels' story is a very specific one, at once more unexpected and more moving than it might seem at first.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Moves with the suffocating deliberateness of a river of molasses.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 0 Kenneth Turan
    The result is a calculated, cynical piece of business that epitomizes the creative bankruptcy and contempt for the audience that infects so much of the blockbuster side of Hollywood.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Masterfully put-together, made with confidence, intelligence and command.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    One terrific concert film.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though Overnight seems to be cautioning us about the excesses of filmmaker ego, it isn't always consistent.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Its easygoing and engaging quality masks how rare an accomplishment it is to create something achingly true as well as amusing, as wise about people as it is about the craft of film.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    But a great sense of pace is a wonderful thing, and director Jackson and his crew (who made good use of hand-held and Steadicam shots and reportedly averaged an impressive 30 to 40 camera setups a day) move so quickly from shot to shot and location to location that viewers have a limited time to dwell on the film's predictable implausibilities.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It's the angriest film an unfailingly angry filmmaker has yet made, skewering almost everyone in it, both black and white.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    It's a decorous film, conventionally well-made, but don't be fooled. Its emotional impact is considerable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though amusing enough to avoid absolutely drowning in schmaltz, it's sad to see a film with potential lose its way in the late innings.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    So exasperating in its contradictions, so frustrating in its fakery, so deeply irritating in its pretensions, it's frankly hard to know where to begin to dissect it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Besides Montand's splendid performance, The Wide Blue Road's other treat is seeing a film that's both old-fashioned enough to believe that social concerns can lead to satisfying drama and well-made enough to deliver on that belief. A film infused with that kind of passion never goes out of style.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    An accurate sense of how today's Hollywood works.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Loaded as it is with undeveloped notions about feminism and individuality, nothing about it is really memorable except the appealing musicality of the fine k.d. lang/Ben Mink score, which deserves better. [20 May 1994]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    Even in thriller terms, nothing rings remotely true here, with even the baseball action--including a game that is not called despite enough rain to unnerve Noah--laced with a heavy dose of preposterousness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Cheerful, cheeky entertainment, a clever confection.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A smart and suspenseful legal thriller that comes completely alive on-screen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Greg Mottola has taken that most overdone of contemporary genres, the coming-of-age story, and made it engaging, bittersweet and even fun.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    With its shrewd mixture of paranoia and the paranormal, the way its elaborate mythology combines enigmatic phenomena with potent cabals intent on running the world, The X-Files experience resembles "Twin Peaks" crossed with "The Twilight Zone."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    To really understand the zany and surreal comic madness of A Town Called Panic, you're going to have to see it for yourself.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Succeeds as a delicately moving memory piece about a subject not often put on film: the process of moving on into ordinary life after surviving the Holocaust.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is a film that insinuates itself deeply into our awareness. It's that rare pulp story with something on its mind, an unnerving, socially conscious thriller with a killer sense of narrative drive.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Mostly I Spy, with more dead spots than a Jerry Lewis telethon, is content to mark time. That gives us, and perhaps the cast as well, the opportunity to reflect on how satisfying this film could have been if anyone had thought it worth their while to provide real material for the talent to work with.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A surprisingly vast and involving topic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Secretariat shows no fear of the sentimental, and that's putting it mildly. This is an old-fashioned, super-genteel family movie that opens with an equine quote from the Book of Job and makes ample use of the Edwin Hawkins Singers' gospel song "Oh Happy Day."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Gotta Dance is a feel-better movie. Warm and cozy with just the tiniest dollop of tension.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It's a solid, efficient comic book movie that is content to provide comic book satisfactions of the action and violence variety.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It is Australian Crowe, a previous non-skater, who gives the film's standout performance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A series of subtly interlocking character studies.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Noticeable skill has gone into the making of Seven, but it's hard to take much pleasure in that.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    You could say a lot about the very satisfying The Man Who Wasn't There, but what's for sure is that no one but the deadpan, dead-on Coen brothers could have turned it out.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    While excellent films like Danis Tanovic's Oscar-winning "No Man's Land" and Vinko Bresan's "Witnesses" have dealt with the war itself, few have dealt with the aftermath, and none with the aching power and empathy of Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A quintessentially wised-up insider comedy, ideally cast and filled with sharp writing from start to finish.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A lot of this is quite well done, but Bromell has a tendency to have too schematic an aesthetic agenda for his story: treating film noir like kabuki is not necessarily the best way to go, no matter how beautifully you do it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    The non-fighting parts of Kiss of the Dragon are, despite the presence of co-star Bridget Fonda, completely non-compelling. It's a proud convention in films like this for fans to mark time during exposition, waiting patiently for the action to start up again, and Kiss is very much in that tradition.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Frustrating yet deeply watchable melodrama that makes you think it's a tougher picture than it is.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    While it's futile to pretend that Life Is Beautiful completely triumphs--it's simply too tough a concept to sustain--what is surprising about this unlikely film is that it succeeds as well as it does.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    It's not the kind of work that wins awards, but without Cruise's intensity almost willing our interest in Spielberg's unrelentingly dark world, Minority Report wouldn't have nearly as much life as it does.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    An intense, nihilistic thriller as well as a model of implacable storytelling, this is a film you can't stop watching even though you very much wish you could. That's because No Country escorts you through a world so pitilessly bleak, "you put your soul at hazard," as one character says, to be part of it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    When faced as a director with the rudderless screenplay he (Jonze) co-wrote with Eggers, he's been powerless to energize it in any involving way. Sometimes you are better off with 10 sentences than tens of millions of dollars, and this is one of those times.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The film's core, anchored by a fine ensemble cast and a controlled, focused performance by Bacon, is completely solid.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Less fascinating and finally unsatisfying is the awfully familiar racism angle, a subplot that, though unusual in a POW movie, turns regrettably earnest and preachy almost immediately.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    There are so many colors to McKellen's performance, so many diverse emotions fleetingly play on his face, that resisting his art is out of the question. Better work by an actor will not be seen this year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    After the Wedding would never pretend to have any answers, but in hands this skilled the act of exploration itself couldn't be more illuminating, or more dramatic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Shine a Light may not be the last Rolling Stones movie, but it's likely to be the last one with a touch of the poet about it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    In other hands, these clashes of good and evil might have seemed ordinary, but Eastwood makes Changeling a hard story to shake off. To see this film is to understand both how fragile and how essential our hopes for decency and truth are in a world that must be made to care about either one.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A carefully thought out and consummately well-made piece of work, a serious comic-book adaptation that is driven by story, psychology and reality, not special effects.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    His is a triumph of pure filmmaking, a pitiless, unrelenting, no-excuses war movie so thoroughly convincing it's frequently difficult to believe it is a staged re-creation.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    While major stars thrust together on screen often end up undercutting each other, one of the pleasures of Becket is how easily and generously these two commanding actors play off each other, each allowing the other the space to make the most of their individual roles.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    The gift of Unsettled is that it enables us to feel that we were right there, experiencing the sound and fury for ourselves.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    For much of the film, Berg is content to act like a Michael Bay wannabe, orchestrating large action set pieces that get increasingly tiresome and WWE-like as individuals get mindlessly slammed into the dust.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The French, no one needs to be told, take food and food preparation with extreme seriousness. "There are no 'all-you-can eat' places in France," one chef sniffs in this excellent Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker documentary. "The idea is to eat small amounts of the best food."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Once Oceans' exhilarating visuals get going, it's easy to ignore the words. This really is a film that manages to show us things we've never seen and make what we have already seen look different and new.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The result is a kind of ultimate romantic film, joining an almost Jamesian sadness and discipline to that extraordinary visual sensibility. It's not the kind of thing you see every day.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Make no mistake, the high-flying stunts in director Renny Harlin's film are definitely state of the art, and while they're going on, the film works up a serious level of excitement. But as soon as the action stops and the inevitable talking begins, Cliffhanger falls to earth with a considerable thud. [28 May 1993 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    For while the idea of comparing the Europe of 60 years ago to the Europe of today sounds didactic, the results are anything but. Ferrario turns out to have a delicate, unforced eye for elegant counterpoints, and his style unobtrusively draws you into the journey.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    A misguided romantic serio-comedy aimed at women and gay men that ends up caricaturing both.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    If Leaving is a romantic parable, it is a dark and depressing one, emphasizing not the sensuality of attraction but rather the obsessive side of romantic behavior. This is mad love for sure, and that is not usually a pretty picture.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Like the television medium it genially satirizes, EDtv is a grab bag that's both amusing and frustrating.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Both pleasantly old-fashioned and packed with up-to-date computer-generated special effects, the film's constant plot turns, cheeky sensibility and omnipresent action sequences have no trouble attracting our attention and holding on.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The Ghost Writer is the kind of impeccable adult entertainment, able to alternate edge-of-your-seat episodes with bleakly comic moments, that Hitchcock used to specialize in and that Polanski himself realized so successfully in "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Grainy as it looks in its massive Imax blowup, Mickey's misadventures with water and a broom still have the kind of magic even modern technology can't always manage.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Like Greenwald's previous films, Iraq for Sale is made from a progressive political point of view but spends considerable time talking to regular people who likely voted Republican.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Ballard has infused Wind with an old-fashioned romantic sentimentality that is affecting from time to time. But this and everything else that is good about the picture fights an ultimately losing battle against an inept story that feels like it was constructed from bits and pieces of other, presumably more involving films. It's a shame that director Ballard, who has gone many years between features, has had to set out this time in such a leaky and unsound vessel.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    While the new film is certainly serviceable, it's noticeably lacking in warmth and humor, and though its visual strengths are real and considerable, from a dramatic point of view it's ponderous and plodding.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Kenneth Turan
    Such a tedious Hollywood farce, so unpleasantly glib and relentlessly shallow, that Pacino's excessive performance is not even the worst thing about it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The 1959 film's style is dated, but it is visually glorious and tells a fascinating story.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The film sacrifices playfulness and humor to concentrate on a relentless display of elaborate but ho-hum gadgets and gizmos.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    This is a Laura Ashley on Safari meditation on bored rich people searching for fulfillment and a new life among the photogenic wildlife of Kenya. Just wake me when it's over.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    While X-Men doesn't take your breath away wire-to-wire the way "The Matrix" did, it's an accomplished piece of work with considerable pulp watchability to it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Even if Girl With a Pearl Earring is not nearly as remarkable dramatically as it is visually, it is, finally, a film of great beauty, and that is something worth appreciating.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Frequently awkward, peppered with moments that make you shake your head, Bulworth's singular nature makes it a film that can't be shrugged off.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    These kinds of merciless conditions lead to a culture that is stoic about life and death and a story that will surprise you by its willingness to embrace that unsentimental natural world.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Both audacious and unwieldy, exciting and excessive, this dark thriller is too long, too violent and not always convincing. But at the same time, there's no denying that it's onto something, that its savage indictment of the nexus involving media, crime and a voracious public is a cinematic statement difficult to ignore.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    There's nothing really wrong with all this in theory, but the overall doofiness of the execution is finally too much to overcome. The filmmakers come off like their protagonist, wide-eyed tourists in an exotic realm. If you've been looking for a martial arts film to take granny and the kids to, this might be the one, but a Jackie Chan-Jet Li collaboration deserves better than that.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    It's most successful when it is being off-center, a state of grace it doesn't quite have the nerve to maintain. [6 July 1994, Calendar, p. F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A bravura act of self-revelation, its vivid portrait of one man's fears, fantasies and neuroses uses a mixture of reality, imagination and comedy to create one of the writer-director's most involving films.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    The Chamber is like a balloon that all the air has leaked out of. Maybe it wasn't magnificent before, but in its current state it is sad indeed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Director Amir Bar-Lev finds a way to mix the personal, the philosophical and the historical into a complex human document, something that's funny, moving and sad.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    As essential in its own way as Anton Karas' celebrated zither work was to "The Third Man," Lola's music is perfectly suited to the film's aims and just about addictive in its throbbing, insinuating rhythms.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This is a police procedural, if you will, about what's been called the artistic crime of the century.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Though it is undeniably bleak and pessimistic and marked by a texture of observation worthy of British director Mike Leigh, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu is not as forbidding as it sounds.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Though it has its charms, Monsters, Inc. does not measure up. As a childhood entertainment it is certainly fine, but Pixar's celebrated lure for adults is largely absent.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 0 Kenneth Turan
    Some movies make you sorry you've seen them, and The Cell is one of those. Creepy and horrific, it's a torture chamber film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Call this a brooding comedy or a darkly whimsical drama, "Wilbur's" willingness to mix gallows humor and real sadness make it something on which labels do not easily fit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A smartly cast and consistently amusing romantic comedy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Those who have even a small soft spot for baseball's soothing rhythms will be hard-pressed to resist it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    An unassuming thriller, a nifty piece of genre filmmaking without frills or self-importance. It's a throwback, if you will, to the days of B pictures, when formula movies were made with a maximum of skill and a minimum of pretense.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Blood Diamond attempts to be an action thriller with serious political overtones, to be as much position paper as "Zulu Dawn."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    As insistent as it is skillful -- and it is very skillful -- it does all it can to pound you into enjoying yourself. The result is rather like being force-fed a meal of your favorite foods by the Terminator.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It is not as exceptional a film as the reality deserves, but with a story this strong and races this expertly re-created, it squeezes out a victory by being as good a movie as it needs to be. On some days, that is enough.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Perhaps the director's most touching, most elegiac work yet, Million Dollar Baby is a film that does both the expected and the unexpected, that has the nerve and the will to be as pitiless as it is sentimental.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The other, unintentional lesson taught here is that it's easier to make a mouse talk than to come up with something interesting for him to say.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    De Bont and his team have turned in a visually sophisticated piece of mayhem that makes the implausible plausible and keeps the thrills coming. [10Jun1994 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The fact that this kind of serious material ends up playing puckishly funny as well as poignant is a tribute both to Coppola and to her do-or-die decision to cast Murray in the lead role.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A lovingly rendered visual treat struggles with indifferent direction and torpid plot.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    The latest in an unending series of bleakly comic, nihilistic neo-noirs to reach the screen, U-Turn's story of a bad day in an Arizona hell invests a lot of skill and style in a trifling tale. So it manages to sporadically amuse even while it's wasting your time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    You feel protective about Leigh's work because its almost indescribable virtues touch the heart, yet far from being some delicate flower, Life Is Sweet has the wild, brazen, anything-goes energy of a 2-year-old, willing to take chances that would freeze the blood of another, more timidly conventional film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The creators of the magnificent Balseros stayed involved with its subject, a group of Cuban boat people who made it to the United States, for a full seven years. If you put in that kind of time, you witness life happening in front of you in all its compelling, confounding drama. What could be better than that?
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A potato chip of a movie. Tasty and lightweight, it's fine for a cinematic snack, if that's what you're looking for. Making it an entire meal, however, really isn't advisable.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Although its computer-generated imagery is impressive, the major surprise of this bright foray into a new kind of animation is how much cleverness has been invested in story and dialogue.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    What's especially disheartening is the large gap between what's on the screen and the significant, meaningful work its creators sincerely believe they've made.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Schizo is an ugly name for a dark and lovely piece of work, but maybe that's the point. The world this film depicts can be a casually pitiless one, half modern and half tribal, but it can also offer compassion and beauty.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    This is a work of excess and passion, an untidy sprawl of a motion picture that is sometimes ragged, occasionally uncertain, but -- and this is what's important -- always warm, accessible and rich in emotional life.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It's an acceptable film, but the story of family ties and forgiveness simply cannot manage the emotional connections it is desperate for.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A film that's at times as ragged and shaggy as its family unit. But as written and directed by Thomas Bezucha, its offbeat mixture of highly choreographed comic crises and the occasional bite of reality make for an unexpectedly enticing blend.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It's well crafted by director Michael Hoffman, not painful to sit through, and even contains some 21st century plot twists -- But unless you have a predisposition toward this kind of thing, none of that is going to matter much.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    On a par with Bridges' acting, and a sine qua non for Crazy Heart's success, is the excellent music he sings.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Director Taylor Hackford brings an appropriate level of pulpy energy to the telling, and star Kathy Bates... gives a better performance than the film deserves as the grumpy and possibly homicidal title character.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Fake or not, I'm Still Here is no fun to watch, and in fact Phoenix's situation comes off as so dire that it becomes a reason to doubt the film's authenticity. Filming someone having a mental breakdown is embarrassing and exploitative at best.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Instead of pushing for tough answers to difficult questions, this film is content to mythologize Thompson's bad-boy behavior, celebrating things like his willingness to drink a bottle of bourbon a day and go hunting with a submachine gun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A smartly done, involving look at a number of interrelated water issues.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Lacking most kinds of inspiration and geared to undemanding minds, this project is so overloaded with hardware and stunts, it's a relief to have it over.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    There is nothing to be embarrassed about here, neither is there much to relish, for Mary Reilly has more of the sheen of art than its essence.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A complete master of cinematic farce, Veber's latest venture, The Valet, makes creating deliciously funny comedy look a lot easier than it has any right to.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It’s the rare film that decades later can seem as timely as it was the day it came out. The searing documentary The Murder of Fred Hampton is such a film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    It once again confuses a kind of juvenile titillation with insight and treats the ability to make audiences squirm as a pinnacle of film art.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Moreau is this film's irreplaceable epicenter. With her radiant smile and unquenchable spirit, she carries this film on her shoulders, and makes it all look, well, easy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    With Philipe apparently doing a lot of his own stunts, Fanfan is replete with heroic leaps, speedy horse rides, occasional explosions and clashing sabers. If this all sounds like a 1950s version of "Pirates of the Caribbean," that may not be such a bad comparison.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Has trouble seeming real. Its back story, involving the sins of Detective LaMarca's own father, feels contrived and the eventual resolution is simultaneously shaky and too pat.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Echoes the unmistakable freshness and excitement of the Nouvelle Vague, the sense of joy in being alive and making movies, that made those works distinctive and unforgettable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    What's surprising about this traditional thriller, moderately successful but not completely satisfying, is exactly how genteel and unsurprising the execution turns out to be.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Even if it's not quite as lighter than air as its predecessor, Snatch remains a lethal diversion.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Michael Moore in Fahrenheit 9/11 has launched an unapologetic attack, both savage and savvy, on an administration he feels has betrayed the best of America and done extensive damage in the world.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    It's an intriguing film, one of the year's most interesting, but involving as much of it is, it leaves an unsatisfied taste when it's over.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A wholly enveloping experience. Gentle, ravishingly beautiful and awash in everyday sensuality, it so intoxicates you with the elegance and refinement of its filmmaking that even noticing, let alone caring, whether it has a plot starts to seem beside the point.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Max
    Just because people are objecting to Max for all the wrong reasons doesn't make it a good film, and it's not. It's a bizarre curiosity memorable mainly for the way it fritters away its potentially interesting subject matter via a banal script, unimpressive acting and indifferent direction.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Brisk and involving with a streamlined forward propulsion, it's the kind of superhero movie we want if we have to have superhero movies at all.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Finely made and richly satisfying film.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Slick entertainment is rarely as, yes, slickly entertaining as it is in Heartbreaker, a French romantic farce that is commercial cinema at its most successful.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The film's drawback, and it is a serious one, is that few of its characters wear very well. The more we see them, the less they involve us and hold our interest, a situation not helped by the bombastic, theatrical style of acting a few of the performers have felt free to employ.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    This is generic filmmaking at its most banal, a simple-minded simplification of a not overwhelmingly complex book.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    This is the biggest surprise of all -- it's hard to watch Going Upriver without wondering, frankly, what became of the young John Kerry, who comes off so exceptionally well in this film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Anchored by a charismatic and accessible performance by Javier Bardem as star-crossed Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, this florid examination of an artist's coming of age, of cultures in collusion and conflict, is difficult to resist.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The music is so rich and completely satisfying and the characters so appealing Once makes us believe that this is all happening right in front of our eyes. We fall for each of these young people at the precise moment they are falling for each other, and what could be better than that?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The film's plot gets so convoluted no nongamer older than 14 will be able to follow it all.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What is a most pleasant surprise is how emotionally involving a story writer-director Billy Ray has fashioned, how he's turned Shattered Glass into a film for anyone who cares about strong drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    As written by Gregory Poirier and produced by Jon Peters, whose credits are mostly of the blockbuster variety, the film is broader and more simplistic than it needs to be, settling more than it should for obvious emotions and situations.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A movie that wants to be hard-hitting and gritty but lacks the stomach for the job, it meanders through what should be a lean and focused narrative and ends up more of a letdown than anything else.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    A trying experience. As we watch Rochester fall apart in spectacular fashion, it's clear that a major lure for the venturesome Depp was the chance to play a grotesque, to become a pestilent physical wreck with an artificial silver nose. There's more in that role for the actor, however, than there is for us.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    The result is a top-drawer melodrama, a polished example of commercial movie-making that manages to improve on the original while retaining its best-selling spirit. [30 Jun 1993 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Kenneth Turan
    Too glib too often to make much of an impression any way you look at it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The result is a rich and detailed picture of the particular culture of this particular part of the South.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Scorsese and his team have created a heavy-footed golem of a motion picture, hard to ignore as it throws its weight around but fatally lacking in anything resembling soul.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Even with its drawbacks, Blue Car remains an intimate, thoughtful drama, with a performance no one is likely to forget.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Because it is confident of its story and its powers, “Howards End” takes the time to establish itself, to allow its characters the space to demonstrate subtlety and complexity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    L.A. Confidential, with an exceptional ensemble cast directed by Curtis Hanson from James Ellroy's densely plotted novel, looks to be the definitive noir for this particular time and place.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Unashamedly silly, inevitably erratic, it has so much fun sending up the world of exploitation filmmaking that even the most serious film student won't be able to suppress a laugh or two. Maybe even more.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 0 Kenneth Turan
    Even Willis seems a bit bewildered at times, as if asking himself how he managed to get into such a mess. [24 May 1991]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Whether you are a religious, churchgoing person or not, if you are the least bit liberal or tolerant in your world view, this has got to be one of the most unnerving films of the year.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    The comic pizazz and bawdy dazzle of this film's vision of gaudy drag performers trekking across the Australian outback certainly has a boisterous, addictive way about it. [10 Aug 1994]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A fascinating and surprisingly involving film.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Though what he does here pretty much defines coasting, Nicholson just fooling around adds an energy to even the kind of hopelessly contrived material that lets you know that the lowest common denominator just got lower.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    One of the most unfashionable movies of the new year, and one of the more appealing. [19 February 1999, Calendar, p.F-10]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    This is a chance to see Shakespeare with mud wrestling, something the Bard surely would have put in if only he'd thought of it himself… Though the actors have no major problems handling the language, the whole venture is listless when it should be sparkling. Shakespeare, even with mud wrestling, needn't be quite so much of a slog. [14 May 1999, Calendar, p.F-6]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A Perfect Murder begins better than it ends, and the pleasures it offers turn out to be more of a transitory nature.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    While most films are fortunate if they succeed on any level, The Return works easily on several, making as powerful a mark emotionally as it does visually and even allegorically. Yet the film so catches you up in its compelling story, you're almost not aware of how masterful a piece of cinema you're watching.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Genteelly erotic, surprisingly emotional, exquisitely made from start to finish.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Another traditional Japanese production, weakly plotted, woodenly acted and indifferently dubbed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    All of this romantic back and forth unfolds gradually and in charming ensemble style. As the characters think about seducing each other, as they inevitably complicate their lives without being able to help themselves, the film is simultaneously seducing us.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Devastating and amusing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Entertainment like this is too hard to find to second-guess for too long.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though it has its over-caffeinated aspects and its missteps, this Star Trek has in general bridged the gap between the old and the new with alacrity and purpose.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Lacking noticeable energy or drive, its almost visceral distaste for dramatic momentum is puzzling, especially in a film about the black arts.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This is one terrific thriller with several wicked tricks up its sleeve, each more satisfying than the last.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A delicious and delicately funny look at the residents of a Copenhagen neighborhood coping with the befuddling complications life tosses at them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The longer it goes, the more frustrating it becomes, as Bar Lev declines to come down on one side or the other.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Effervescent, unflappable, supremely pleased with herself, Cher (delightfully played by the much-publicized Alicia Silverstone) is the comic centerpiece of Clueless, a wickedly funny teen-age farce from writer-director Amy Heckerling that, like its heroine, turns out to have more to it than anyone could anticipate. [19 July 1995]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Encouraged by Mendes' artful direction, his gift for eliciting naturalness, the core of this film finally cries out to us today, makes us see that the notion of characters struggling with life, with the despair of betraying their best selves because of what society will or won't allow, is as gripping and relevant now as it ever was. Or ever will be.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    What it really is is an unapologetic cartoon, a harum-scarum endeavor that's so comically frantic it wears you out as much as it entertains.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Those who enjoy the old-fashioned Hollywood pleasure of seeing divergent threads neatly pulled together will be more than satisfied.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Brown's engrossing and poignant documentary on Van Zandt, is filled with appearances by celebrated performers who are simply fans of this legendarily troubled figure with the aching voice and haunted Lincoln-esque look.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Creates magic of a completely different sort. It makes the unlikeliest subject unforgettable, finding drama, beauty, even poetry in simple things and simple lives.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Del Toro is almost alone in his ability to re-create on screen the wide-eyed exhilaration and disturbing grotesqueness that is the legacy of reading comics on the page.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Those who see it will, quite frankly, not believe their luck. It is that satisfying, that engrossing, that good.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Though Reign of Fire's concept of a humans-versus-dragons smackdown is a good one, the way it's worked out on screen is more silly than compelling.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Turns out to be a film that's interesting in spite of itself. It's less an impartial investigation than an advocacy film, having been hijacked by the members of the "inner sanctum."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Their personality types match up splendidly with the characters they play as well as each other, and Mrs. Brown's greatest pleasure is seeing and hearing them spar. Even with the gloves on, this is a battle well worth observing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It's a film of unexpected, almost indescribable off-center charm that deepens as it goes on.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A very small film but a sweet one, an easygoing venture of the feel-good variety. What sets it apart is something even larger pictures often lack: an excellent performance by its star.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The result is solid and efficient, if unadventurous, illustrating both the lure and the limitations of comic book extravaganzas.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Rather than observing this family, we feel we are part of it, and that draws us in as nothing else can.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    A brisk and violent action programmer that can't help being unintentionally silly at times.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    But the result is no more than a forced fable, a self-consciously smarty-pants concoction that is too clever by half and too pleased with itself in the bargain.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Despite this lack of narration, Our Daily Bread never fails to enthrall because of the impeccable eye -- for composition, for color, for movement within the frame -- of filmmaker Geyrhalter.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Does go on too long, leading to inevitable dead spots.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Though The Unforeseen has a few too many clips of Robert Redford, its environmentalist executive producer, its strength is its realization that these unforeseen developments are making few people happy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Not the place to go look for nuanced, deeply emotional performances. The acting is inevitably on the formal side, suitable for the pageant this film is. But don't let that dissuade you. They won't be making another film like this any time soon, and the chance to see all those elephants is not one you get every day.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though Wendigo has weak spots, including an ending that is not as satisfying as it might be, the film remains memorable despite its flaws. This is a properly spooky film about the power of spirits to influence us whether we believe in them or not.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    To her credit, Streisand has turned in a handsome, seamless piece of very traditional Hollywood direction. This is mainstream filmmaking at its main-streamest, smooth and glossy and reminiscent, in fact, of the kind of work Sydney Pollack did with Streisand in "The Way We Were" and without her in "Out of Africa."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Working with cinematographer Karl Walter Lindenlaub, director Caton-Jones has givenRob Roy a beautiful wide-screen look, filled with gorgeous vistas. But this film is like a color Xerox copy of the real thing: hard to tell from an original until you look closely at the details.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    While the charismatic performances of Damon and Affleck make Good Will Hunting a difficult entertainment to resist, doing just that is not as hard as the film would like to think.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This is an entertainment that really entertains because any number of interesting and unexpected choices were made, starting with the selection of Doug Liman as the director.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Best and most unexpected of all, Rachel Getting Married dares to mix the bitter with the sweet. It understands that life-altering situations like weddings not only bring out the worst in human behavior but also the finest.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Though Waterworld has some haunting underwater visual moments, the film's impact is weakened by flat dialogue, an overemphasis on jokeyness and a plot that, despite all those screenwriters, does not satisfactorily hold together at any number of points.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    The film's underlying concept is so irredeemably screwy and far-fetched that no amount of fine work can hope to make it convincing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    With the help of clear direction and some excellent acting, especially from Flora Cross in a memorable debut as Eliza, Bee Season is affecting in ways that movies have all but given up trying to be.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    A bad movie for connoisseurs of the genre.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Impressive but uninviting, Wyatt Earp is easier to admire from a distance than pull up a chair and enjoy close-up. A self-conscious attempt at epic filmmaking that feels orchestrated as much as directed, it has noticeable virtues but chooses not to wear them lightly. And at three hours plus, it finally encourages audiences to feel as trail weary and exhausted as any of its characters. [24 Jun 1994, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    So unashamedly confusing, so intent on piling twist upon twist upon twist, it makes your head hurt just trying to figure out what's happened.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Not only does it feel like an exclusive party at which there is definitely no room for the uninitiated, its waves of idolization barely leave room for the band itself. Good as they are, They Might Be Giants deserve a better film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This is a pointed, emotional story of a divorced Palestinian woman and her son who immigrate to the U.S. just after the invasion of Iraq, a story that benefits from Dabis' background as a child growing up in the Midwest during the Gulf War as the daughter of a Palestinian father and a Jordanian mother.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Teaches important lessons in the most casual, joyful way. How it manages to do that is probably the biggest secret of all.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A remarkable film.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Main lure is what feels like a very authentic visual sense of the nontourist side of Kingston, where the ambience of zinc-walled shacks wallpapered with old newspapers is captured by cinematographer Richard Lannaman.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Most of all we see what a coldblooded sport campaigning is, and how desperately the people who are good at it want to win.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    A pleasant diversion, a lightly amusing criminal comedy with a plot so complicated even the people in it can't quite believe what's happening.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Performances this strong and direction this sensitive make us simply grateful to have an emotional story we can sink our teeth into and enjoy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Both too unfocused and overly familiar. It has enough comic energy to generate some chuckles, but even when we laugh we're always wondering why the jokes aren't funnier. [5 Mar 1999]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    As much as we intellectually admire Jarhead, it's a cold film that only sporadically makes the kind of emotional connection it's after.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    If people here feel trapped, despairing of a way out, it is Singleton's gift to make us empathize with their hopelessness, and make us wonder, along with them, how long this must go on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Told with wit, genuine poignancy and all kinds of humor, Venus charts the unlikely relationship between a man in his 70s and a young woman more than half a century his junior.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Falling Down encourages a gloating sense that we the long-suffering victims are finally getting our splendid revenge. The ultimate hollowness of that kind of triumph reflects the shallowness of a film all too eager to serve it up. [26 Feb 1993, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Earnest, gee-whiz and foursquare, this simple and intentionally inoffensive sequel gets points for being easy to take and scrupulously avoiding obvious sources of irritation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    You can't have Rushmore without Max, and though Anderson obviously planned it this way, the kid is finally too off-putting to tolerate.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    A complete waste of time and potential.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Yes, this could be a better film, but the good qualities it does have are rare enough to hold our interest on screen and off.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Intense, hypnotic, assured, Croupier mesmerizes from its opening image of a roulette ball on the move.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Charming, slyly comic and far from conventionally religious.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    With his ability to understand and convey these absurdist scenarios in both adult and preteen terms, writer-director Solondz catches the unlooked-for humor in poignant, hurtful situations.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A genuinely sweet and determinedly inspirational family film that features a charming young actress in the title role. It's a successful feel-good movie, but it would make you feel even better if it didn't push quite so hard for its desired effects.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    This buoyant, giddy comedy of catastrophe is the funniest film of the year so far, possibly the most amusing mainstream live-action comedy since "There's Something About Mary."
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    K-19's determination to push hard for self-congratulatory morals and convenient resolutions undercut the film's strengths and make it more conventional.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    It's an undeniably small yet almost indefinable film, warmhearted and bittersweet, laced with both humor and tough emotions. Plus it has a kind of bicoastal appeal.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    By consistently and relentlessly overplaying everything, by settling for standard easy emotions when singular and heartfelt was called for, by pushing forward when they should have pulled back, director Joe Wright and screenwriter Susannah Grant have made the story mean less, not more. Instead of enhancing The Soloist's appeal, they have come close to eliminating it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Made by Hickenlooper over a six-year period, "Mayor" is rich in interviews, with comments from rock stars.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    A raucous, profane but surprisingly endearing piece of work.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Though the Strick-Robinson script is solid from line to line, the film's plot is finally too implausible for anyone to rescue.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    Lacks even a vestige of subtlety and is rarely so much as amusing. Viewers with fond memories of the brothers' wildly funny "There's Something About Mary" will be astonished at how few laughs the current venture has.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    An astonishing technological feat, but what is even more remarkable is that the technology does not overwhelm the artistry.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Genteel moviemaking with modern overtones, The Winslow Boy is especially good at the visual re-creation of its time.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Does have a satisfying ending and it's nice to see a G-rated film without bathroom humor, but there is too much formula and not enough reason to pay attention here.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    As forgettable as the humor is the film's predictable portrayal of adults as clueless, overbearing cretins.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A bit longer than it might be, a bit more attached to its digressions than we might wish. But the length does encourage the feeling that we've been through the whole creative process with Gilbert and Sullivan .
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    This is much more conventional cops and robbers stuff, leavened with a bit of sex and sequences of brutal, at times sadistic, violence. What elevates it above the norm is bravura acting by Vincent Cassel in the title role.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Never one to shy away from challenges, Morris has come up with one of the best documentaries of this or any year.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Inspired by actual events, Saints and Soldiers benefits by being a small-scale war movie.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Intelligently written and directed with a pleasing frankness by Bill Condon and well played by Liam Neeson, Laura Linney and a strong supporting cast, the film skillfully uses the forms of old Hollywood to tell a story that would have given heart failure to Harry Cohn and his fellow tycoons.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    A tremendously exciting science-fiction thriller that's as disturbing as it sounds. This is a popular entertainment with a knockout punch so intense and unnerving it'll have you worrying if it's safe to close your eyes at night.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Irresistible, hugely satisfying feminist fairy tale.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    The Wayne's World concept, which, egged on by a rabid studio audience, works so beautifully in skit format, ends up feeling dragged out and energy-less at feature length. [14 Feb 1992 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    For all its surface verisimilitude and for all its focus on a problem that couldn't be more current, this film can't manage to feel more than sporadically real.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What is most involving about Gould is the extraordinary way he played.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    In truth, every part of this film trades so heavily on Eastwood's presence that it is impossible to imagine it with anyone else in the starring role. [09 Jul 1993 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Kenneth Turan
    It would be lying not to say that some of the moviemakers here aren't working at the top of their craft, or that the movie won't reach audiences. On its own terms, Kindergarten Cop is nearly fool-proof: the last word in glib, shallow, soulless, spuriously warm-hearted commercialism. [21 Dec 1990, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Sicko is likely Moore's most important, most impressive, most provocative film, and it's different from his others in significant ways.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Funny but not a comedy, serious but never overbearing, emotional in an engaging and bittersweet way, Good Bye, Lenin! is a wonderful film unto itself about a world unto itself.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Crisp as the creases in its naval officers' uniforms, this tale of seething conflicts aboard an American submarine on the eve of nuclear war is strictly by-the-numbers, but hardly ever are traditional elements executed with such panache.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Smartly written by Aaron Sorkin, directed to within an inch of its life by David Fincher and anchored by a perfectly pitched performance by Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network is a barn-burner of a tale that unfolds at a splendid clip.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    There is often not enough space for all these personalities to truly play out. They tend to become types rather than people, representatives of classes and points of view more than individual human beings.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Snyder stands revealed here as more of a beginner than a visionary in his uncertain approach to making an on-screen world come alive.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    It is only, frankly, the strength of Winslet's performance that rises above conventional surroundings and makes The Reader the experience it should be.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Elephants aside, the plot of this Ong Bak is rudimentary at best.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    An extraordinarily intimate, deeply affecting and revelatory documentary on how pain and passion can come together in a creative artist.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A very smart and funny movie directed by Jason Reitman, who also shrewdly adapted the screenplay from Christopher Buckley's savagely satiric novel.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Shyamalan's great gift is the creation of atmosphere, the conjuring of spooky, unseen menace. When he gets around to doing this in Signs, all is well, but it's a tossup as to whether the film offers enough of a payoff considering how long it takes to get where it's going.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Smart, sweet and playful romantic comedy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    While many of its elements whet our appetite and make the film well worth seeing, The American doesn't manage to deliver a fully satisfying meal. It's against the film's religion to have us believe too deeply in its characters, and that agnosticism, combined with the plot's sense of predestination, put a noticeable crimp in its grand ambitions.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Hardwicke has connected so intensely to the Meyer novel that it's hard to imagine anyone else making a better version.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    What is disturbing and frankly distasteful about The Girl Next Door is how slick and shameless it is in its eagerness to blur boundaries, to squeeze as much transgressive material as it can into a nominally bland and innocent form, to serve up a benign, sanitized and exquisitely titillating portrait of the world of pornography in the cozy sheep's clothing of a teenage movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Azkaban breaks free of all these shackles in its final hour. Working with the persuasive Thewlis and Oldman, able to focus his gifts on what's distinctive, dramatic and surprising about the story, Cuarón creates on screen the heartfelt magic that has enthralled so many on the page.

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