Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Kenneth Turan's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% A Borrowed Identity (2015) ""A Borrowed Identity" starts out nice and easy but don't be fooled. This is a soft-seeming film about a hard-edged, difficult subject, an Israeli film that offers a picture from life's other side. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 3, 2015
98% Amy (2015) "[An] accomplished, quietly devastating documentary ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 2, 2015
78% What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) "As music and cultural critic Stanley Crouch says, "You only have to hear her once. No one sounds like her except her." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
84% Eden (2015) "Hansen-Love is an assured and naturally empathetic director who specializes in making us care more about her characters than seems likely at the outset. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
84% The Wolfpack (2015) "Even in the context of Tolstoy's famous dictum that every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, the story of the Angulo brothers stands out. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) "Pixar stands alone, and "Inside Out" shows you why. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 17, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) "Pratt proved in "Guardians" that he could handle hunky leading man roles, and his combination of physicality, charisma and attitude prove hard to resist one more time. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
40% Madame Bovary (2015) "In an ideal version of the novel, we would empathize deeply with her dilemma at the same time as we would cringe at the nature of the choices she makes. Sadly, this "Madame Bovary" makes that identification harder than it should be. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
90% Love & Mercy (2015) "This self-conscious film feels convincingly told only part of the time. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
82% Testament Of Youth (2015) "From first to last, "Testament of Youth" sweeps you away. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
93% The Farewell Party (2015) "A gentle but pointed work that walks a particular line to create a specific tone, a consistently warm and comic film about an unmistakably serious subject. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
94% Sherlock Jr. (1924) "A master of movement and stillness, Keaton developed a comedy style that was as intellectual as it was physical, and this small gem shows us why he's as purely American a film genius as the motion pictures have produced. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 29, 2015
50% San Andreas (2015) "An action hero with a rare kind of gravitas, Johnson has a stabilizing influence on all the silliness that surrounds him. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 28, 2015
89% When Marnie Was There (2015) "Though its curious narrative arc means you're never sure exactly where it's going, the film works up a considerable emotional charge by the end. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 21, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) "As much as you wish it were otherwise, "Tomorrowland" works in only fits and starts. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 21, 2015
98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Miller ... dreamed the mighty dream that is this film for more than a decade before being able to bring it to life. It has been worth the wait. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 14, 2015
96% Iris (2015) "Maysles' portrait of Iris Apfel, a 93-year-old self-described "geriatric starlet," is surprisingly memorable, graced with an unforced but unmistakable charm. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "It would be silly to pretend that Avengers: Age of Ultron isn't good at what it does, that it's not proficient at delivering superhero thrills for those who crave them most. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 29, 2015
83% Tangerines (2015) ""Tangerines" is an example of lean, unadorned old-school filmmaking where familiar style and technique combine to unexpectedly potent effect because of the great skill with which they've been employed. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
97% Black Souls (2015) "Broodingly effective as a crime drama because it's driven by family dynamics as much as the mechanics of transgression. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
81% Jungle Fever (1991) "Strong and powerful, Jungle Fever dares us to be disinterested, dares us to turn away. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 21, 2015
89% Fresh (1994) "Glibly shocking, it would like you to think it deals with the hard realities of urban life, but in fact it uses its patina of social consciousness as a come-on for the most conventional kind of violent commercial filmmaking. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 21, 2015
24% Child 44 (2015) ""Child 44" is involving despite itself. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
81% Dior and I (2015) "If the ungodly star-driven media frenzy that surrounds the spring collections of the great Paris houses like Christian Dior is the public face of designer fashion, "Dior and I" shows us that what goes on behind the scenes is even more intriguing. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
No Score Yet Freedom on My Mind (1994) "A spirited evocation of a struggle whose enormity we have largely forgotten. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 14, 2015
91% Ex Machina (2015) "Shrewdly imagined and persuasively made, "Ex Machina" is a spooky piece of speculative fiction that's completely plausible, capable of both thinking big thoughts and providing pulp thrills. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
No Score Yet The Passionate Thief (1960) "Screenwriter D'Amico called Monicelli "a superb director, with the rare gift of comic timing - which cannot be taught, either you have it or you don't." No one seeing "The Passionate Thief" will care to argue the point. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
50% Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation (2014) "Directed by Switzerland's Stefan Haupt in a deliberate, unforced manner, "Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation" takes a satisfying three-pronged approach to this unique structure: visual, historical and reportorial. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
42% Effie Gray (2015) "The best thing about the ultimately involving way this romantic drama ends up on screen is that it's sure to arouse enough interest to make those who don't already know the outcome more than eager to look it up. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
53% Woman in Gold (2015) "The film does have an asset that can't be ignored, and that's Helen Mirren's tip-top performance as the film's costar. It's not enough to save the picture, but it certainly makes a difference. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
85% Wolf at the Door (2015) "Potent sexual attraction can be a wonderful thing, but it can also bring out the absolute worst in the people involved, as the bleak, disturbing Latin American noir "A Wolf at the Door" convincingly demonstrates. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
84% While We're Young (2015) "This delicious satire about aging hipsters and their discontents is everything we've come to expect from the best of Noah Baumbach, as well as several things more. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
83% Orlando (1992) "Though visually impressive and assured, it is the hollowest of successes, all chic set design, smug posturing and self-satisfied attitude. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 23, 2015
30% Insurgent (2015) "A more effective, adult-friendly film than its predecessor. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
88% The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) ""Hoffmann" is an immersive aesthetic experience best thought of as an art form all its own. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
93% The Wrecking Crew (2015) "Though their story has taken decades to reach the screen, it has been worth the wait. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
97% 1971 (2015) ""1971" is an appropriately matter-of-fact title for a decidedly low-key documentary. But don't mistake a lack of flash for an absence of substance. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
60% Run All Night (2015) "It's not only the strength of the acting that pulls us over bumps in the narrative, it's the crisp, streamlined direction of Spanish filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed Neeson in the improbable "Non-Stop." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
97% The Crying Game (1992) "Suspenseful and emotionally complex, skillfully mixing politics with affairs of the heart, The Crying Game is something unexpected, a challenging new way to tell a very old story. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 9, 2015
31% Chappie (2015) ""Chappie" is a movie about the evolution of artificial intelligence that's as dumb as a post. It also marks the continuing devolution of the work of director and co-writer Neill Blomkamp. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
79% Deli Man (2015) "An unexpectedly charming documentary directed by Erik Greenberg Anjou that is warm and piquant as well as informative ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
92% The Hunting Ground (2015) "Fear of retaliation often keeps faculty and administration from speaking up for students or talking at all ... If it does nothing else, "The Hunting Ground" should make that kind of evasion more difficult in the future. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
97% '71 (2015) "A tense thriller from Britain that so adroitly joins physical intensity, emotional authenticity and political acuity that you may find yourself forgetting to take a breath. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
100% Roma, città aperta (Open City) (1946) "A world cinema landmark, but that dusty, respectful word does not do justice to a film that has not lost its power to surprise and even shock. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
79% McFarland USA (2015) "A canny combination of elements unites with an unlikely true story to make this more effective than you might be expecting. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
86% Ballet 422 (2015) "An intimate and unusual behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a ballet, it may sound rarefied but has enough moments of truth and beauty to engage general audiences. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 13, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "An unashamed and genially preposterous fairy tale, a kind of "Cinderella" with restraints, "50 Shades" is about as believable as "Jack and the Beanstalk," albeit considerably more kinky in intent. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "The universe that the writers-directors have created is so numbingly complex that keeping track of what is going on can cause headaches. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
95% Girlhood (2015) "Beautifully observed, precisely directed and acted with wonderful conviction, it pulls us into the life of its protagonist in a deeply involving way. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
96% Red Army (2015) "Even if you know it's the story of a legendary hockey team and not the fierce Soviet-era military machine, you will be surprised by its sociopolitical and personal content and the engaging way it tells its story. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
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