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
97% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) ""The Second Mother" is a satisfying contradiction. It's a soap opera with a social conscience that casually mixes dramatic elements about serious class issues with a crowd-pleasing audience picture sensibility. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 28, 2015
100% Forbidden Games (2015) "With its mixture of tones, its multiple plot focuses and its singular use of the virtuosity of Spanish guitarist Narciso Yepes on the soundtrack, it is very much its own film. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 28, 2015
94% Rosenwald (2015) ""Rosenwald" used to be a name to conjure with, but no more, and that is a shame this vivid, engaging documentary attempts to do something about. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
96% We Come as Friends (2015) "Hubert Sauper goes where other people don't go, sees what the crowd doesn't see and creates unsettling, provocative political documentaries that are unlike anyone else's. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
30% Hocus Pocus (1993) "Though children may be satisfied (if the witch stuff doesn't scare them) adults will have a harder time with the by-the-numbers confrontations between the witches and the plucky youths. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 15, 2015
92% Meru (2015) "Though the "Meru" climbing and outdoor footage is spectacular, it is the personal struggle of each of the climbers, and the candid way they talk about them on camera, that give this film its considerable impact. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
76% People Places Things (2015) "Small, smart and inescapably independent, "People Places Things" has its own offbeat and charmingly low-key way of seeing the world. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
90% Straight Outta Compton (2015) ""Straight Outta Compton" ends up juggling more story lines and moods than it can handle. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
61% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "Diablo Cody's dispiriting screenplay is all about everyone coming to love Ricki, faults and all, and that is just not convincingly done. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
9% Fantastic Four (2015) "Once those super powers kick in, the whole film goes into a more standard gear. We've seen it all before, and it's safe to say we'll be seeing it all again as well. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
99% Shaun the Sheep (2015) "Playful, absurd and endearingly inventive, this unstoppably amusing feature reminds us why Britain's Aardman Animations is a mainstay of the current cartooning golden age. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 4, 2015
96% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) "Autobiographical in nature, unconventional in structure, this is the story of Marlon Brando not as the world saw him but as he saw himself. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
99% Phoenix (2015) ""Phoenix" is an intoxicating witches' brew, equal parts melodrama and moral parable, that audaciously mixes diverse elements to compelling, disturbing effect. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "Cruise has played Ethan Hunt so often it would be understandable if he phoned it in, but one of the pleasures of "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" is that he doesn't. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
74% The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (2015) "Though placing the cheerleading Eckers front and center as key interview subjects gives their film a self-congratulatory, gee-whiz quality, "Outrageous" compensates by giving you a good sense of who Tucker was and how she got where she did. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
60% Southpaw (2015) ""Southpaw" is proof of contrivance's clout, but there is a limit to what it can do. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
97% The Look of Silence (2015) "A shocking and significant film, a further illumination of one of recent history's great horrors, a documentary that will make a difference in the world. It is also an exceptionally difficult film to actually watch. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "An elegant puzzler that presents the sage of Baker Street dealing with the one thing he's never had to contend with before: his own emotions. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
79% Ant-Man (2015) "You can't have a good Ant-Man movie without a good Ant-Man, and in the genial and charming everyman Paul Rudd, the filmmakers have done it right. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 15, 2015
94% Cartel Land (2015) "If the key to price in real estate is "location, location, location," the key to success in vérité-style documentaries is "access, access, access." Which is what "Cartel Land" has in compelling amounts. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
54% Minions (2015) ""Minions'" all-silliness all-the-time philosophy will put a smile on faces and keep it there, like a fizzy beverage on a hot afternoon. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
97% About Elly (2015) "Farhadi has written a first-rate script, enabling intricate plotting to intertwine with well-defined characters, and "About Elly" shows him at ease with the wide variety of situations his writing explores. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
87% 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
97% Amy (2015) "[An] accomplished, quietly devastating documentary ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 2, 2015
77% 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
82% 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
86% 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
43% 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
81% 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
97% 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
97% 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
26% 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
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
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