Kenneth Turan

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For 2,403 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 8.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Spotlight
Lowest review score: 0 Stolen Summer
Score distribution:
2403 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Fyre makes sure not to lose sight of the hard-working Bahamians who tried hard to make things work and paid a considerable financial price.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Landais has made a version of Aspern that is too often uncertain and unconvincing despite the good work of his female stars. And when the actresses leave the screen and the film ventures into ill-advised flashback territory, things get shakier still.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Communion is a heartbreaking example of a classic documentary genre — the immersive, observational film that takes a bold leap and embeds itself with a small group of people.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Destroyer is simultaneously impressive and stand-offish. Persuasively directed by Kusama and convincingly acted by Kidman and expert costars like Toby Kebbell and Sebastian Stan though it is, its determination to live exclusively at the darkest end of the street pays disagreeable dividends.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Brainy, audacious, opinionated and fun, Vice is a tonic for troubled times. As smart as it is partisan, and it is plenty partisan, this savage satire is scared of only one thing, and that is being dull.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Passionate, tempestuous, haunting and assured, this latest from writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski explores, as did his Oscar-winning “Ida,” Poland’s recent past, resulting in a potent emotional story with political overtones that plays impeccably today.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    They Shall Not Grow Old is a tribute paid by the present to the past, and what a gorgeous gift it turns out to be.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kenneth Turan
    Mortal Engines is bursting with everything you’d want except compelling emotional intelligence.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though the feeling sneaks up on you, The Mule has an unexpected emotional kick. That’s because in subject and execution it plays as personal as anything the filmmaker has done.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Starting as a dirge and ending as an ode to joy, Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki provides a privileged glimpse into the creative processes of one of the greatest animators who ever lived.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Notwithstanding the inevitable formulaic dialogue and a superabundance of boilerplate superhero action sequences, Aquaman turns out to be, almost despite itself, an engaging undersea extravaganza.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Bright and charismatic though Mary was, she was, in effect, born under a bad sign, fated, despite all her advantages, not to have anything like the happily ever after that royals have in fairy tales and Disney movies. In a similar way, despite numerous advantages (including splendid cinematography by John Mathieson), the film with her name on it has promise it does not fully deliver on. But when those queens are on the screen, all bets are off.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The result is a compelling but chilling film, one that is inevitably disheartening and disturbing as it details both how Ailes came to understand the nature and power of fear and how he honed his craft until he could sell fear to his fellow citizens like it was going out of style.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though all these technological trappings are newer than new, the human needs for happiness, applause and emotional connection are classic. The ability of People’s Republic of Desire to show these familiar desires playing out in futuristic surroundings is invariably surprising and never less than compelling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Master Japanese animator Mamoru Hosoda makes family films, but not in the way you think. It’s not that his films are suitable for all ages, though they mostly are. And it’s not even that the family unit is central to his work, though it is. Rather it’s that Hosoda’s films stretch the boundaries of both style and content within the family film rubric.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This wise and insightful film is delicate, poignant and unexpectedly powerful.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    These four, like so many others, opened up to Claude Lanzmann, and the results speak eloquently for themselves.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Though it takes the risk of appearing too quiet too long, Roma and its melding of the personal with a glimpse of a society veering toward collapse is incontestably persuasive, a film whose like we are not likely to see again.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    How this all played out in terms of the Austrian election will surprise no one, but seeing how much the situation came to prefigure the contemporary house of mirrors in Europe as well as America still comes as something of a shock.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The Last Race is a high art film about a blue-collar subject, and that unlooked-for ability to see beauty in the everyday is what makes it both a surprise and a success.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Green Book is a savvy and super effective piece of popular entertainment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Dafoe’s work, the look in his searching, despairing eyes, feels beyond conventional acting, using intuition as well as technique to go deeply into the character, putting us in Van Gogh’s presence.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Inevitably violent (though a disemboweling still seems excessive), as edited by Jake Roberts Outlaw King now moves along at a satisfyingly brisk pace. While we likely have not seen the end of Robert the Bruce on film, this for sure is a worthy addition to the canon.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Using their great ability with comic dialogue (the film won the best screenplay award at Venice), the Coens exaggerate and subvert familiar western tropes to gleeful comic effect.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Despite the potential for rancorous finger-pointing, one of the remarkable things about “The Front Runner” is its determination to be even-handed, to encourage viewers to make up their own minds (at least up to a point) about what happened 30 years ago and what it means for today.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    The result is surprisingly companionable and enjoyable, an unhurried look at a location that is in no kind of rush, a place that is concerned most of all with preserving the way it’s always been.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The visual allure of this production is undeniable, but having the nerve to be simple and nice all the way through is, even for Disney, verging on being a lost art.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It’s not just that Pike changed the timbre of her voice, the way she walks and even her posture to accurately reflect Colvin physically (though she has). It’s that this fierce, lived-in performance, complete down to the drawn face and go-for-it personality, is so convincing that people who knew Colvin were shaken at the resemblance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    While Maria By Callas is short on facts and biographical detail, it expertly presents an emotional essence of this performer, leaving you both shaken and stirred by the extent of her gifts and the way they connected to both audiences and her tumultuous life.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Viper Club is an attempt at a very difficult balancing act. It doesn’t quite succeed, but it deploys enough persuasive elements to make the attempt involving.

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