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:
1940
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
73% The Green Prince (2014) " Though it's set in the context of a highly combustible international situation, its emphasis is always on the personal, on these two men and what they came to mean to each other." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
88% The Drop (2014) " While "The Drop" has an enviable feeling for the dark end of the street, the kind of across-the-board success it's seeking remains just out of reach." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
63% My Old Lady (2014) " "My Old Lady" certainly has satisfactions, but they are incomplete ones." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 10, 2014
70% God Help the Girl (2014) " The lively, playful, self-aware musical God Help the Girl has such a will-o'-the-wisp quality you fear it will disappear if you attempt to fence it." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 8, 2014
100% Incident at Oglala (1992) " Incident at Oglala is an even-handed cry of outrage, a coolly passionate documentary that focuses a piercing ray of light on an American scandal." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 6, 2014
99% Starred Up (2014) " It marries ferocious, unnerving violence and waves of profanity to powerful, psychologically acute performances in a way that is intensely dramatic as well as almost unbearable to watch at times." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 5, 2014
77% A Letter to Momo (2014) " A striking example of Japanese hand-drawn animation, it casually combines things you wouldn't expect in one place." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
63% Life Of Crime (2014) " "Life of Crime" has the authentic Leonard snap, crackle and pop." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
92% Frank (2014) " Odd, offbeat, somehow endearing, the bleakly comic "Frank" has its own kind of charm as well as some pointed, poignant things to say about the mysterious nature of creativity, where it comes from and where it might all go." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
37% If I Stay (2014) " "If I Stay" shuttles between lachrymose developments at the hospital and a series of flashbacks that detail the Mia-Adam relationship. Not surprisingly, the romance is where you want to be." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
71% Dinosaur 13 (2014) " The fate of some very old bones may not sound like compelling cinema, but when they compose the 65-million-year-old skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex that was 41 feet long and 18 feet high back in the day, all bets are off." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 15, 2014
33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " A kind of ho-hum experience, wherein a lot of bullets are expended and a lot of structures exploded to minimal dramatic effect." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
21% Into The Storm (2014) " It's no spoiler to reveal that these tornadoes just happen to be the biggest storms that ever were, and watching them chew up buildings like they were so many corn bread muffins can't help but be involving." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " If there is room for romantic fantasy in your life, this cinematic equivalent of comfort food goes down easy enough, and it's hard to begrudge it that." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
71% Alive Inside (2014) " In a world drowning in bad news about dementia - an estimated 5 million Americans currently suffer, 10 million serve as their caregivers, with both numbers inevitably going up - "Alive Inside" is positively tonic." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
78% Get On Up (2014) " "Get on Up" is more frustrating than fulfilling, a disjointed film that suffers from having a more ambitious plan than it's got the ability to execute." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
66% Lucy (2014) " Part philosophical/scientific treatise, part action movie, a film that goes from mayhem to boredom in a heartbeat." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " [A] crackerjack thriller, at once brooding, claustrophobic and unbearably tense ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
62% Mood Indigo (2014) " Though the relentlessness of the on-screen antics threatens to wear you out, the film is over before that can quite happen." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " What this Disney feature lacks in the title department it makes up for with fluid visuals and fast-moving action of the, yes, firefighting variety." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
98% A Summer's Tale (2014) " Astute, unhurried and gently amusing, it will be welcomed by the director's fans while serving as a fine introduction for those who know him not." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " "Dawn's" vision of masses of intelligent apes swarming the screen as masters of all they survey is even more impressive than it was the last time around and reason enough to see the film all by itself." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 9, 2014
97% Life Itself (2014) " It's another mark of the director's skill that he took me deeper into aspects of that life that I thought I knew the most about." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 3, 2014
100% Manakamana (2014) " "Manakamana" is simple in conception, but the reactions it evokes in viewers will be complex and multifaceted." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
82% Begin Again (2014) " Just when you are ready to completely write off "Begin Again," the music starts to play, the camera takes it all in and makes us a part of it, and the film's unpersuasive emotions don't seem to matter as much." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
92% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " A moving documentary that will leave you heartsick as well as more than a little angry." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
75% The Last Sentence (2014) " A more sophisticated work than it appears about a man whose life was more complicated than the world knew." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 20, 2014
53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Eastwood, as always, has simply done things his own way, and the result is a leisurely old-school entertainment with a bit more edge than you may be expecting." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
20% I Love Trouble (1994) " No one expects movies like this one, set as it is in the largely mythological world of fiercely competitive daily newspapering, to be realistic. But neither should they be as flaccid and unconvincing as what we are presented with here." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 17, 2014
66% The Rover (2014) " A film shot in 100-degree-plus heat that chills the blood as well as the soul." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
85% Ivory Tower (2014) " If you're considering college for your children or are just a concerned citizen, this comprehensive documentary gives you a lot to ponder." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
92% The Case Against 8 (2014) " A thoroughly engaging documentary ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " It's a star-driven mass-market entertainment that's smart, exciting and unexpected while not stinting on genre satisfactions." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
81% My Own Private Idaho (1991) " Holding all these elements together is Van Sant's sensibility, such an elusive thing it instinctively squirms away from any attempt to pigeonhole it." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 2, 2014
62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " You can see the stuff "Million Dollar Arm" throws at you from miles away, but that doesn't stop this baseball movie from being genially enjoyable." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 15, 2014
52% NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014) " It's that rare film that captures and conveys the romance of the theatrical experience." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 8, 2014
75% Bicycling with Moliere (2014) " It deals lightly with topics like ego, friendship, rivalry and love, and it does so within the context of an exploration of the personal and professional lives of a pair of actors." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 1, 2014
95% Ida (2014) " It is Trzebuchowska's face, and her character's situation, her existential and practical journey, that hold our interest in "Ida."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 1, 2014
81% A Few Good Men (1992) " A brisk and familiar courtroom drama of the old school, as pleasant to watch as it is predictable, Men more than anything else is a tribute to pure star power." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 30, 2014
59% Disclosure (1994) " Its preoccupation with snazzy computer-generated special effects has left key plot points so unclear at least one baffled viewer had to retreat to the book to find out why some things happened and others did not." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 25, 2014
50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) " While the makers of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves may have set out to bury the poor old duffer of Sherwood Forest in a welter of trendy banter, they have ended up burying themselves as well." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 25, 2014
90% Alphaville (1965) " Despite its age it's that rare science fiction film that doesn't seem to have dated at all." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
89% Locke (2014) " It sounds contrived, and it is. It sounds like a bit of a stunt, and it is that too. It may even sound boring, but that it is not." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
77% Watermark (2014) " It's the majesty and beauty of water at its most pure that stays with us longest." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
19% Transcendence (2014) " An ambitious and provocative piece of work that is intriguingly balanced between being a warning and a celebration." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
81% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " Move over, Charles Darwin, when it comes to great tales about the Galapagos, you've got company." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
62% 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
89% 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
55% 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
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