Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Journal News (Westchester, NY) , Los Angeles Daily News , Los Angeles Times , Newsday , NPR's Morning Edition
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association, National Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
1893

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
63% Draft Day (2014) " Though "Draft Day" feels far less authentic than the baseball-themed "Moneyball," it can be amusing to watch all this inside football stuff if you are an NFL fan." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
95% Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014) " It interviews friends and confidants, provides glimpses of what she was like as a person and, best of all, shows us clips of her dancing, which tell us so much of what we need to know." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
100% Ilo Ilo (2014) " "Ilo Ilo" is writer-director Anthony Chen's first film, but breathtaking intimacy in storytelling is already second nature to him." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
57% Breathe In (2014) " Every moment between stars Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones feels so much like an explosion about to go off that viewers may hesitate to so much as take a breath at the wrong time for fear of disturbing the film's delicate equilibrium." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " "Captain America" is everything a big budget superhero film should be - except inspired." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
82% The Unknown Known (2014) " Much against Rumsfeld's will, what the film inevitably reveals, in Morris' words, is "a man using language to obscure the world from himself as well as from others."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
56% Legends of the Fall (1994) " Everything about Legends of the Fall shouts epic filmmaking and it is not an altogether unpleasant sound." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 2, 2014
76% White Men Can't Jump (1992) " They're black and white instead of fat and thin, but Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson have the makings of a classic comedy team, the Laurel and Hardy of the half-court game." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 2, 2014
95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " What we find out about Maier, revealed in self-portraits as a striking woman with a singular sense of self, is fascinating." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
77% Noah (2014) " As much a fantasia inspired by the Old Testament as a literal retelling of that tale, "Noah" manages to blend the expected with the unexpected and does it with so much gusto and cinematic energy you won't want to divert your eyes from the screen." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
40% Divergent (2014) " Though its main appeal will be to those who read the book and are young adults either in fact or in spirit, "Divergent" does have something for the rest of us and that's the chance to see the pair of performers who make that romantic music together." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
77% Anita (2014) " If you can't place the name, or want to know more, "Anita" is a splendid place to start." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
91% Le Week-End (2014) " "Le Week-End" is a sour and misanthropic film masquerading as an honest and sensitive romance." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
98% Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) (2004) " It continues to charm and delight for the same reasons it did back in 1964." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
95% Particle Fever (2014) " Watching a film won't make you smarter, but if there ever was one that could, it would be "Particle Fever," a movie so mind-bending you can almost feel your brain cells growing as you're watching it." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Anderson works so assiduously to create obsessively detailed on-screen worlds that the effect has sometimes been hermetic, even stifling. "The Grand Budapest," however, is anything but." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " Formidable, indomitable, irascible: Pick your adjective, and it pretty much describes the force of nature who holds the stage in "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
84% Bottle Rocket (1996) " A confident, eccentric debut about a trio of shambling and guileless friends who become the Candides of crime, Rocket feels particularly refreshing because it never compromises on its delicate deadpan sensibility." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 4, 2014
94% In the Name of the Father (1993) " In the Name of the Father is a model of this kind of engaged, enraged filmmaking, a politically charged Fugitive that uses one of the most celebrated cases of recent British history to steamroller an audience with the power of rousing, polemical cinema." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) " "Non-Stop" is a crisp, efficient thriller that benefits greatly from the intangibles Neeson can be counted on to supply." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
63% Generation War (2014) " "Generation War" has a texture and an interest that American stories do not." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
96% The Lunchbox (2014) " This warm and affectionate human comedy from India is charming in a delicate and unforced way." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
100% The Godfather (1972) " The Godfather is overflowing with life, rich with all the grand emotions and vital juices of existence, up to and including blood." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 26, 2014
95% Child's Pose (2014) " "Child's Pose" sounds like something simple and easy, but don't be fooled." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
68% Visitors (2014) " It all sounds quite convincing in theory, but in practice this mélange of imagery is aimed more at the inside of Reggio's head than anywhere else." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Because it is fearlessly sincere and not totally successful, "Winter's Tale" is easy to mock. But it is also hard not to admire its willingness to go all out in its quest for the grandest of romantic gestures." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
95% Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) " Deftly written by Richard Curtis and directed by the versatile Mike Newell, Four Weddings is as good as its word, breezily following a small circle of friends through every one of the events the title promises." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 7, 2014
97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " At three hours and 38 minutes, "The Last of the Unjust," like Lanzmann himself at his advanced age, is ungainly but powerful." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
33% The Monuments Men (2014) " Earnest and well-intentioned but ultimately inert, "The Monuments Men" talks a better game than it can deliver." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
80% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " Breakdown gets the music right and has the benefit of strong acting, but its unapologetically melodramatic plot has a tendency to throw everything at you but the kitchen sink." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 24, 2014
85% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " Its children-switched-at-birth story sounds schematic, but what we see on screen is both meaningful and deeply moving." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 23, 2014
56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" comes off as a reasonable facsimile, serviceable but not compelling, something that could pass for the real thing if you're not looking too hard." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
72% Forrest Gump (1994) " It's most successful when it is being off-center, a state of grace it doesn't quite have the nerve to maintain." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 7, 2014
64% August: Osage County (2013) " I have to confess that (a) I never saw this Pulitzer Prize-winning vehicle by Tracy Letts when it was on stage and (b) nothing about this film version makes me regret that choice." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 27, 2013
76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " It turns out to be as compellingly dramatic as anything [Dickens] put on the page." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 26, 2013
49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Stiller's sensibility creates a movie that's smarter than you think it will be. Kind of like Walter Mitty himself." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 26, 2013
58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " Though it's a story we've heard so often that we perhaps take it for granted, seeing all the events of this remarkable journey laid out for us in a two-hour and 21-minute feature underlines its not-to-be-believed qualities." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2013
94% Her (2014) " Acerbic, emotional, provocative, it's a risky high dive off the big board with a plot that sounds like a gimmick but ends up haunting, odd and a bit wonderful." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 17, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) " Dizzying, outlandishly entertaining ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 12, 2013
71% The Ref (1994) " The Ref benefits from having actor's actors like Davis and Spacey in the leads." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 6, 2013
89% Narco Cultura (2013) " This dispassionate but devastating film looks at the drug wars from two very different but chillingly complementary perspectives." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 5, 2013
20% The Last Days On Mars (2013) " Lean, muscular and on the money, The Last Days on Mars takes a familiar story and tells it so tautly that we are pleased to be on board." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 5, 2013
95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " In addition to everything else, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is very much a roman à clef about those early folk years, with many of its characters inspired by real people the Coens reconstitute after viewing them through their very particular lens." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 5, 2013
94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) " Part avant-garde art film, part amusing but morbid fairy tale, it is a delightfully ghoulish holiday musical that displays more inventiveness in its brief 75 minutes than some studios can manage in an entire year." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 3, 2013
100% Sweet Dreams (2013) " The most memorable thing about Sweet Dreams is that it allows us to experience the resilience, the capacity for happiness these women retain in spite of all they've been through. There's a lesson there for all of us." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 2, 2013
91% The Great Beauty (2013) " "The Great Beauty" is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 26, 2013
89% Shrek 2 (2004) " Can an ogre live happily ever after? Can fairy tale characters be content with their fairy tale lives? Can an Oscar-winning animated success generate a successful sequel? To all these questions, Shrek 2 is happy to answer yes, yes and yes." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 25, 2013
87% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) " The parade of creatures Del Toro and his team have come up with as this scenario unfolds, starting with a tour of the legendary Troll Market that one-ups the Mos Eisley cantina scene in Star Wars, will make you want to tip your hat in wonder." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 22, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) " Dench is not the only reason to see this unapologetic crowd-pleaser, but she is the best one." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 21, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " An effective piece of melodramatic popular entertainment that savvily builds on the foundation established by the first Hunger Games movie." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 20, 2013
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