Kenneth Turan

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For 2,364 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 The Green Hornet
Score distribution:
2364 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Can You Ever Forgive Me? demands not our love for this supremely difficult person but rather our respect for her defiance of an unsympathetic world. With such an impeccable presentation of such an intransigent personality, it is hard to deny her that.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Chalamet is so good it’s worth seeing Beautiful Boy for his work alone.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    What unnecessary imprisonment does to families is often written about in abstract terms, but to see what it did to one specific family runs an emotional gamut that the patience of this heroically committed filmmaker does full justice to.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Working closely with master editor William Goldenberg, Greengrass has given 22 July a relentless, remorseless quality, insisting on a matter-of-fact style that allows no escape from reality even while refusing to push anything too hard.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    More disturbing than you expect, its story of innocence lost and perspective gained holds us and will not let go.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Both a fine introduction for those who don’t know the work and a thoughtful examination of the issues surrounding him for those who do.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The result is a show business rush so pure it would be illegal if it were a drug. Though the film’s peek behind the celebrity-curtain love story inevitably falters a bit in the second half, the emotional waves it has already created manage to carry us over the rough spots.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Candid, insightful and unpredictable, Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith are not only acting legends but also great friends. And a treat to hang out with.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Both intimate and expansive, Free Solo is a documentary beautifully calculated to literally take your breath away. And it does.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    It’s a puckish film with a wistful quality, a gently comic end-of-the-line adventure about doing what you love, the passage of time and the things that might have been.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    This infectious and exuberant film wins you over by focusing on the enthusiasm and enviable good spirits of the smart and engaging young people who compete in “the Olympics of science fairs.”
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Hale County This Morning, This Evening, is a poetic documentary with a gift for making enrapturing imagery out of what sound like ordinary, everyday events.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though Holofcener's films invariably make us laugh in rueful recognition of the inane complexities of lives that manage to echo our own, "Steady Habits" also conveys a melancholy darkness, a more somber cast than usual. Everything seems amusing until suddenly it is not.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Hal
    Hal deals with each of the director's films in a smart, engaging manner. As befits a former editor, director Scott has an ear for the great quote and the skill to make it all flow beautifully, to both entertain and help us understand who Ashby was and what he wanted to do.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Nyoni, working in English and the local language of Nyanja, has an unforced way of dealing with themes like exploitation, oppression and superstition, showing how easy it can be for nonsense to pass itself off as sense.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Ambitious and well-executed, The Apparition is a kind of ecclesiastical thriller. An involving and intelligent entertainment, if it ends up somewhat less than the sum of its parts, it's not for lack of attempting something different.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    An idiosyncratic, metaphysical meditation on tennis, cinema, human behavior, maybe even life itself, "Perfection" at times risks being too pleased with itself for its own good, but its one-of-a-kind credentials are never in doubt.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    The efforts of an international cast including stars Oscar Isaac, Melanie Laurent and Nick Kroll notwithstanding, Operation Finale sounds more involving than it actually plays, ending up earnest and acceptable more than compelling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Israeli journalist Amos Elon once wrote that the demands for justice presented by the Israeli-Palestinian impasse exceed the human capacity to administer it. The dramatic, involving The Oslo Diaries details the closest these adversaries have come to proving Elon wrong, a story that is heartening and heartbreaking by turn.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Crime + Punishment is a quiet documentary but a potent one. Though its approach is low key, its passion, drama and concern for exposing wrongdoing is unmistakable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A charming film of an engaging, adult nature about two very different people trying to press reset in their lives, it is comic, heartfelt and smart as they come — a rare combination these days.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    When Close and her costars command the screen, we can forgive problems and simply enjoy the proceedings.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Surprising and deeply satisfying.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is an old-school, old-fashioned entertainment, a romantic drama bursting with scenic vistas and earnest charm that contains just enough mystery to keep us involved.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Working with longtime editor Barry Alexander Brown, the director casually but fearlessly stirs things up, balancing brutal satiric comedy, unapologetic social commentary, convincing jeopardy, even appealing romance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Dyrholm, an actress of formidable presence who expertly handles her own singing as well as the acting, gives a strong, truthful, unflinching performance that powers the film the way Christa's energy powered the bands she was in those late days.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Like its determined heroine, Night Comes On burns with a smoldering fire, a heat that is no less intense, no less effective, for remaining largely beneath the surface.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Kore-eda is too polished a filmmaker for The Third Murder not to be of interest, but its focus is finally too fuzzy to compel the way the best of the director's work does.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Macdonald has never starred in a film until Puzzle, and her delicate but deeply felt performance, along with the work of top Indian actor and costar Irrfan Khan and the rest of the cast, make this gentle, thoughtful yet pointed film the undeniable success it is.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    No one has to see a documentary to understand that large sums of untraceable political campaign contributions are a bad thing. But Dark Money does need to be seen because it reveals with fascinating specificity how that crooked system works and details how one state decided to take it on.

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