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
84% 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
49% 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
98% 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
81% 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
23% Child 44 (2015) ""Child 44" is involving despite itself. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
80% 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
92% 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
52% 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
89% 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
31% 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
91% 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
96% 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
61% 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
30% 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
77% 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
83% Zero Motivation (2014) "Divided into three loosely connected stories involving the same players, "Zero Motivation" is strongest in its characters and its connection to an Israeli reality we can feel even if we've never experienced it. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
34% Blackhat (2015) "Technology may have changed, cyber-crime may be all the rage, but the narrative song remains the same in films like this, and it's a tune this director knows by heart. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
98% Song Of The Sea (2014) ""Song of the Sea" is a wonder to behold. This visually stunning animation masterwork, steeped in Irish myth, folklore and legend, so adroitly mixes the magical and the everyday that to watch it is to be wholly immersed in an enchanted world. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
76% Beloved Sisters (2015) "As lengthy and passionate as a drawn-out kiss, "Beloved Sisters" is a beautifully made romantic drama set in 18th century Germany that's smart, sensual and emotionally resonant. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) ""Something happens onstage," Cave says, "where you forget who you are and become someone else." As much as any documentary can, 20,000 Days on Earth allows us to bear witness to what goes on in that process. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
99% Leviathan (2014) "Bleak and relentless as well as impeccably made, biblical in its name as well as its moral outrage at the powerlessness of the individual in the face of unchecked authority, "Leviathan" is dealing with nothing less than the current state of Russia's soul. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 31, 2014
90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "It brings to mind the fierce New York-based productions of Sidney Lumet in particular but also the whole notion of character-driven, the-clock-is-ticking melodramas in general. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 30, 2014
99% Selma (2015) ""Selma" is a necessary film, even an essential one, with more than its share of memorable performances and vivid, compelling sequences. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
51% Unbroken (2014) "Despite its many impressive elements, "Unbroken" plays incomplete and unbalanced. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
73% American Sniper (2015) "Eastwood's impeccably crafted action sequences so catch us up in the chaos of combat we are almost not aware that we're watching a film at all. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
100% The King and the Mockingbird (2014) ""The King and the Mockingbird" just might be the best animated film of the year. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
98% Mr. Turner (2014) "J.M.W. Turner, arguably the greatest of British painters, was an uncommonly difficult man, and "Mr. Turner," the exceptional film Mike Leigh has made about him, does not do things the easy way either. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
80% Batman Returns (1992) "[Burton's] dark, melancholy vision is undeniably something to see, but it is a claustrophobic conception, not an expansive one, oppressive rather than exhilarating, and it strangles almost all the enjoyment out of this movie without half trying. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 14, 2014
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