Kenneth Turan

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For 2,320 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 8.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenneth Turan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 The Triplets of Belleville
Lowest review score: 0 Fair Game
Score distribution:
2320 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    38 years after his death, Beaton's name is not so much on everyone's lips, and one of the pleasures of this film is to revisit his gifts beyond his best known work, the Oscar-winning production design and costumes for "My Fair Lady."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Not everything in Equalizer 2 is successful, including a subplot about a Yiddish-speaking Holocaust survivor played by Orson Bean that misses the mark. But the film is effective where it needs to be, and if there is an "Equalizer 3," in line to see it is where you'll find me.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Even if the dramas and dictates of couturiers and catwalks mean little to you, it is hard to resist the propulsive energy that director Ian Bonhote and co-director and writer Peter Ettedgui bring to the story of a designer whose background, beliefs and gifts were not what one would expect.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    This is a film that wants you to live in the moment, to enjoy what is on screen when it is there in front of you and not worry how it fits into a plot that can be confusing but clears up in time for the inevitably rousing conclusion.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Kenneth Turan
    Despite its pro-forma nature, the setup for Siberia — a lone hero in over his head in an unfamiliar world — actually starts out well but refuses to play out in satisfying ways.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Custody can be difficult, even wrenching to watch, but it always plays fair with the audience, and the experience, worth every minute expended, is impossible to forget.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    The main reason to see Whitney is the way it explores the baffling conundrums of her life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Screenwriters Sigurdsson and Breidfjord are fiendishly good at imagining the complimentary ways things spiral out of control, and the actors are expert at making us believe in what the director accurately calls “a war film where home is the battlefield.” On another level, however, with situations so grotesque it is often an effort to laugh.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    As directed by Thomas Piper, a filmmaker who specializes in arts-related docs, "Five Seasons" does two things with grace and skill, starting with immersing us in what Oudolf's work looks like.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Culturally specific to its joint Berlin/Jerusalem setting but with themes that are universal, it joins an exploration of sexual fluidity and the nature of love and relationships with a strong plot that keeps you involved and guessing until the very end.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kenneth Turan
    Fiercely involving in a way we're not used to, made with sensitivity and honesty by director/co-writer Debra Granik, it tells its emotional story of a father and daughter living dangerously off the grid in a way that is unnerving and uncompromising yet completely satisfying.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    It is the charm of Lorna Tucker's film that, her subject's reluctance notwithstanding, it provides a fascinating, involving glimpse of both who Westwood was back in the day and who she is at this particular moment in time, so much so that we genuinely miss her once the credits begin to roll.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    As we hang on the film’s plot twists, we also quietly absorb its points about the power of community and the purposeful determination of immigrants to create better lives for their families, not as special pleading but as something powerful and convincing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Though it would be unrealistic to expect "Incredibles 2" to have quite the genre-busting surprise of the original, it is as good as it can be without that shock of the new — delivering comedy, adventure and all too human moments with a generous hand.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Saving Brinton is an endearing, affectionate documentary, an examination not so much of film exhibition pioneer Frank Brinton and how his life's work was saved but of the genial and humane eccentric who did the saving.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Energized by Offerman and Clemons, the effectiveness of the music and the emotional freshness of "Hearts Beat Loud" are finally triumphant. Sometimes wearing your heart on your sleeve is the only way to go.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Neville's goal here is not so much to tell the story of Rogers' personal life, though that does get some play, but rather to detail the how and why of his success, to show the way someone whose formidable task was, in his own words, "to make goodness attractive" was able to make it happen.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    American Animals is not like other criminal stories and the differences make it one of the summer's freshest, most entertaining films.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    On Chesil Beach is a beautifully made film that is as difficult to write about as it is to watch, and it is inescapably hard to watch. Yet the reasons it is difficult — a completely heartbreaking story brought to exquisite life via immaculate writing, directing and acting — are why it's worth putting up with the pain.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    A fascinating film that is as thorough as it is idiosyncratic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    The Guardians is an intimate French epic, elegantly made and quietly emotional, a family story filled with characters whose lives we sink into, feeling the hope, the sadness, the sorrow and the joy right along with those on the screen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    RBG
    Make no mistake about it, this woman is a force, and the great service this clear-eyed and admiring documentary provides is to emphasize not just Ginsburg's work on the court but how extraordinarily influential she was before she even got there.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    As Lelio's earlier films demonstrated, the director's style is restrained but potent, which helps the impact of the actors' performances as well as the picture's fairly graphic love scene. The possibilities for these characters are more varied than it initially seems, and "Disobedience" thoughtfully considers them all.
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    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    While the film's masterful imagery — this might be the coldest, snowiest western ever — and inventive Ennio Morricone score are spectacular, less audience friendly is a nihilistic, revisionist denouement that apocalyptically subverts the genre's norms.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    A side benefit of seeing The Judge is that it reveals the rarely seen everyday side of Palestinian society, where ordinary people just want to have a good life and be treated fairly by their family. People who need a fair-minded adjudicator like Kholoud Al-Faqih and are fortunate to have her.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Kenneth Turan
    Screenwriter Tropper has also constructed some solid father and son sparring matches about the value of being a good person versus being a great artist, which Harris and Sudeikis make the most of.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    Not that you would anyway, but it doesn't pay to think too hard about "Rampage." Sure, it could be improved (shorter would have helped), but it gets the job done in a more or less acceptable way. Not the highest praise, but things could have been worse.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kenneth Turan
    Though American sports dramas find it hard to avoid heartwarming elements, this is a decidedly more even-keeled film, its European nature allowing it to focus on the drama of character as well as what happened on the court.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kenneth Turan
    Even decades after it was written Beirut is as relevant as it is entertaining, and it is very entertaining indeed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Kenneth Turan
    While Chappaquiddick sheds some light on the proceedings, the film leaves us feeling, as Kennedy intimate Ted Sorensen (Taylor Nichols) puts it, "history has the final word on these things," not Hollywood.

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