Kenneth Turan Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Judge (2018) People who need a fair-minded adjudicator like Kholoud Al-Faqih and are fortunate to have her.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
100% Boston (2017) A deeply informative and always engaging look at the race's more than 120-year history...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
73% Kodachrome (2018) Harris makes Ben edgier, more self-aware and more impossible to ignore than anyone else would. That kind of integrity, that willingness to be understood as completely dislikable, raises "Kodachrome" to a level it would not reach without him.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
51% Rampage (2018) Not that you would anyway, but it doesn't pay to think too hard about "Rampage." Sure, it could be improved (shorter would have helped), but it gets the job done in a more or less acceptable way.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) One of "Borg vs. McEnroe's" strongest elements is the growing realization on both sides that each man mirrors the other.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
78% Beirut (2018) Gilroy is a master at laying out a twisty plot, and Anderson directs with the kind of verve that enables almost all the twists to hit us with the force of surprise.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
77% Chappaquiddick (2018) In the final analysis "Chappaquiddick" is the story of a weak man. Maybe someone who had deep-seated reasons for that weakness, but still a not particularly appealing individual whose actions frustrate rather than draw us in.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
94% Sweet Country (2018) A bleak story presented with great style, it's a finely made Australian western that demonstrates the malleability of that most American of genres as well as the impressive gifts of Indigenous filmmaker Warwick Thornton.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
86% Big Fish & Begonia (2018) It marks a major step forward for Chinese feature animation, as well as the culmination of a journey that took the filmmakers more than a dozen years to complete.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
71% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) Warm without sacrificing integrity, pleasant but not to a fault, "Back to Burgundy" is satisfying rather than earth-shaking.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
100% King In The Wilderness (2018) Employs a simple and straightforward method to extraordinary effect.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) Its plot is complexity itself, but its "kids save the world" soul is simple and earnest as opposed to earth shattering. With apologies to Bill and Ted, it's an excellent adventure, and let's leave it at that.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
72% Final Portrait (2018) An involving examination of the creative process itself, of how difficult it can be to move forward with artistic enterprises no matter how gifted you are or how much regard the world holds you in.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
No Score Yet The Opera House (2018) A plethora of pleasures are hidden under the deceptively mundane title of "The Opera House."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
100% Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine (2018) Thorough, impressive and smartly put together, joining dynamically edited verite footage with a series of thoughtful interviews, "Breaking Point" serves a pair of interlocking purposes.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
97% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) Even if some things have changed, spending time with an artist who's concerned, as he's said in interviews, with "the permanence of temporary objects and the temporality of permanent objects," is always worth the journey.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) This is a comedy of terrors that creates laughs but doesn't let you forget that Stalin and his coterie caused the deaths of untold numbers of Soviet citizens.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
100% Hondros (2018) Because of his long friendship with Hondros, director Campbell has gotten key people on camera ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) "Red Sparrow" defaults to stodgy when its story isn't dishing out the book's explicit sex and violence (including attempted rape), with lines and scenes that feel flat and obligatory alternating with ones that have no trouble holding our attention.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
33% Beast of Burden (2018) "Beast of Burden" places a number of burdens on the audience, almost none of which are worth enduring.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
54% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) Against all expectations, "Young Karl Marx" makes this kind of brainy content bracing and dramatic.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
82% Early Man (2018) If just hearing animator Nick Park's name doesn't bring an anticipatory smile to your face, watching a few minutes of the thoroughly amusing "Early Man" will do the trick.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
100% Seeing Allred (2018) The film allows us, at least to a certain extent, to get behind the public persona to the private person.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) A single act of heroism can truly transform a life, but that action does not necessarily make for a transformative motion picture.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
96% Black Panther (2018) We didn't know we'd been yearning for it until it arrived, but now that it's here it's unmistakable that the wait for a film like "Black Panther" has been way longer than it should have been.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
29% The Lover (L'amant) (1992) Undercut by an air of self-congratulatory pomposity that the film is way too insubstantial to support.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
57% The Commuter (2018) It's Neeson Time, and it's not in the man to let us down.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
50% Rollercoaster (1977) Rollercoaster, slambang title notwithstanding, is a singularly tepid piece of work, so dull not even Sensurround can keep you fully awake.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
No Score Yet Forever (1978) Korty is sensitive in the best sense.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
100% The Late Show (1977) The Late Show has the grace to allow us to see the craft and competence that remains in [Wells].‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
98% The Last Waltz (1978) The Band's music has such intrinsic strength and resilience that it can't help but break through those self-imposed barriers and set itself and the audience free.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
100% Der Dibuk (The Dybbuk) (1938) Because of its distinctive, evocative qualities, we forgive The Dybbuk all its trespasses. As a record of a bygone way of life and as a starkly moving drama of doomed love it is very much one of a kind.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
100% Le samouraï (1967) An austere poem of crime, Le Samourai manages to have a grip of an old-fashioned potboiler as well. Not a half-bad combination.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) The reason to pay attention to "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool" is the reason it got made in the first place: the opportunity it provides to see star Annette Bening in action.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
74% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Akin was inspired to tell the story by real-life political events in Germany, and his skills as a filmmaker are such that escape from this unsettling film is not in the cards.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
78% All the Money in the World (2017) All the Money benefits, in much the same way that Scott's similar (and underappreciated) American Gangster did, from the director's expertise at bringing pace and interest to stories he cares enough about to sink his teeth into.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
73% Hostiles (2018) A tale of physical, emotional and even moral survival, "Hostiles" deals in people pushed to their limits and then some, individuals marked in the deepest way by the violence of the frontier.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
87% The Post (2018) Propulsive major studio cinema made with a real-world purpose in mind, it's a risky venture that succeeds across the board.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
78% The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017) This is a satisfying indie western, a dark and brooding film made with both a modern touch and real love for the genre.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) What makes "Bombshell" intriguing is not just Lamarr's gift for invention, it's also what a fiery individualist she was, someone who had no regrets about her eventful life ("You learn from everything"), not even its racy, tabloid elements.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
96% Foxtrot (2018) No matter what you're expecting, "Foxtrot" is not the film you expect it to be. It's better.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical fairy tale with moral overtones, it's a film that plays by all the rules and none of them, going its own way with fierce abandon.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Kaurismaki unashamedly believes in brotherhood, and among other things his film celebrates people who do the right thing without making a big deal about it.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
94% 1945 (2017) Simple, powerful, made with conviction and skill, "1945" proceeds as inexorably as Sámuel and his son on their long walk into town.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
85% Darkest Hour (2017) Oldman's brassy presentation goes well beyond a collection of mannerisms. It gives us a sense of a flesh and blood person behind the bulldog-fierce political leader who presided over his country's celebrated World War II resistance.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
100% The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Le Crime de Monsieur Lange) (1936) What elevates "Lange" is its wide range of idiosyncratic, delightful characters, its belief in humanity in all its crazy variety, and its abundance of high spirits and raffish charm that are absolutely contagious.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
81% The Best Intentions (1992) Though the level of acting is uniformly quite high, the true star of The Best Intentions is Bergman's script.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
94% The Breadwinner (2017) In its power and its beauty, "The Breadwinner' reminds us that animation can be every bit as much of a medium for adults as it is for children.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Though the film is completely worth seeing just to experience such a totally realized performance and hear Gilroy's always sharp dialogue, the reality and complexity of the character turns out to clash with plotting that is not as convincing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
85% Wonder (2017) Though its upbeat earnestness is ever-present, it has the integrity to understand that not even kindness can eliminate all problems.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017