Kent Turner

Kent Turner

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Film-Forward.com , School Library Journal
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
716
Total QuickRatings:
5

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 40% Divergent (2014) " The film is at its most captivating as the laws of the war-scarred world in a futuristic, decimated Chicago are laid out, and the heroine finds out what's in store for her." — School Library Journal
Posted Mar 22, 2014
3/4 79% On My Way (2014) " It's as though both the director and Deneuve have heard the too-glib takeaway that the actress's on-screen persona is icy, because, man, does she loosen up. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2.5/4 —— Au bout du conte (Under the Rainbow) " [Jaoui's] among the most consistently playful and introspective (without navel gazing) of filmmakers." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 11, 2014
3/4 100% Grand Central " Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Léa Seydoux are not only convincing but raise the heat without overpowering Rebecca Zlotowski's sensitive, fly-on-the-wall approach. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 11, 2014
1.5/4 —— Arrête ou je continue (If You Don't, I Will) " The on-screen relationship is dead upon the first scene. There's no else to go but to divorce court." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 11, 2014
2/4 —— L'amour est le crime parfait " It's not only the clean air that's transparent; so is the lack of credibility. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 11, 2014
2/4 89% La cage dorée (The Gilded Cage) " The acting style wavers from the sensitive to the most sitcomish ... What's ham in Portuguese, canastrão?" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 11, 2014
2.5/4 —— Je Fais Le Mort " Works both as a satire and a mystery" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 11, 2014
3/4 —— Tonnerre " It leaves an impression of the sweet and menacing in equal measure. (And you might think of Taxi Driver.)" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 11, 2014
2.5/4 —— La Bataille de Solférino " There's not a chance that anyone will nod off. The film singly breaks the festival out of any art-house stupor. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 11, 2014
3/4 90% Suzanne " What remains within the trim and speedy 94-minute time frame is often riveting. It's like watching a car wreck in slow motion. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 11, 2014
3.5/4 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " Ever the trooper, [Stritch] grabs the audience's attention, which never wanes. There's not one diffident moment. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me is the natural-born sequel to her stage show and just as revealing. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Feb 25, 2014
2.4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " Letts's vipers have been defanged, and there's little indication that their brawling would elicit raucous laughter in its original form. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jan 14, 2014
2/4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Most likely, [P. L.] Travers would find this screen version of her life to be obvious and heavy handed." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Dec 15, 2013
2.4 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " What comes across like a fireside yarn in print has turned into an overlong schlep with extra baggage." — School Library Journal
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3/4 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " The viewer will watch paint dry and like it. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2/4 83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " Only when it gets personal does The Armstrong Lie pick up speed." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 21, 2013
2.5/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " It's doubtful a viewer will throw his/her hands in the air in exasperation, and in an Effie-like pout, wonder: "Why didn't they stick to the story?"" — School Library Journal
Posted Nov 21, 2013
2.5/4 35% Passion (2013) " De Palma wallows in the excesses of his cutthroat corporate connivers ... Virtually actor proof, his movie withstands performances that aren't as wild and liberated as his direction." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3/4 46% The Book Thief (2013) " Perhaps it goes without saying, but this is not a typical family film for the holiday season. " — School Library Journal
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3/4 67% How I Live Now (2013) " A slimmed down dystopian world at its most bucolic. No arcane rules or a mishmash of ideology here, but a survival tale meets hot-and-heavy first love, with a punkish swagger. " — School Library Journal
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2.5/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) " The screenplay hews closer to the book, rather than following a potential franchise template. " — School Library Journal
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3/4 94% I Am Divine (2013) " A viewer could suffer whiplash just from how much [Divine] and pop culture changed in the course of 20 years." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 27, 2013
3/4 100% We Are the Best! (2014) " A gift for the blurry-eyed filmgoer" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 22, 2013
2.5 79% Bethlehem (2014) " Perhaps most impressively, [director] Adler brings out volatile performances from his non-professional cast." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 22, 2013
2.5/4 84% Joe (2014) " The film begins with a beating and doesn't let up." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 22, 2013
3/4 100% Ida (2014) " Elegantly sparse and absorbing" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 22, 2013
3/4 —— Siddharth " Shot on the fly throughout India, Siddharth ... was inspired by a conversation the director had with a Mumbai rickshaw driver, whose son had vanished without a trace. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 22, 2013
3.5/4 93% All Is Lost (2013) " This steadily absorbing man-adrift-on-a-damaged-sailboat saga has possibly the three most suspenseful sequences of the year." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 18, 2013
3/4 63% The Summit (2013) " The Summit joins a small but distinguished canon, which include Jon Krakauer's best-selling Into Thin Air and Kevin Macdonald's gripping documentary Touching the Void." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 4, 2013
93% Captain Phillips (2013) " With its twists and turns and at 99 minutes, A Hijacking outsmarts the 132-minute long Captain Phillips." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 30, 2013
2.5/4 —— Je m'appelle Hmmm... (My Name Is Hmmm...) " The film is quietly observational and, in terms of style, all over the place. The director obviously borrows from the looseness of the early French New Wave." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 30, 2013
2/4 80% Abus de faiblesse (Abuse of Weakness) " The physical demands of the role offer a new opportunity for Huppert, who is otherwise on automatic pilot, aloof and disdainful." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 30, 2013
2.5/4 46% Child Of God (2014) " This is a tough sell, a heavy-duty Southern gothic that makes the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men seem lightweight." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 30, 2013
3/4 —— Club Sándwich (Club Sandwich) " A more intimate mother and son relationship is hard to imagine. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 30, 2013
3/4 91% Le Week-End (2014) " Delightfully tart ... you can feel elated and sad at the same time." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 30, 2013
3.5/4 —— Eastern Boys " Fascinating and suspenseful" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 23, 2013
3/4 —— L'armée du salut (Salvation Army) " Beautifully observed and melancholic" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 23, 2013
2.5/4 —— The Dog (2014) " An unexpurgated blast of gay 1970s New York" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 23, 2013
3.5/4 100% Pelo malo " The most endearing film I saw out of 36 films [at the Toronto International Film Festival] was Bad Hair." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 23, 2013
3.5/4 96% Enough Said (2013) " Even without the foreknowledge of [Gandolfini]'s recent death, the film has a lingering sense of regret, despite its Hollywood ending. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 23, 2013
2.5/4 —— Amazonia " In a visually resplendent French/Brazilian live-action co-production, a scene-stealer little capuchin monkey survives a plane clash and has to learn to fend for himself ... Run, little monkey, run! " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 23, 2013
3/4 97% Gravity (2013) " High-class hokum 600,000 feet in orbit" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 23, 2013
3/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " The drooping Spanish moss is about the only visual icon that this film shares with Gone With the Wind." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 23, 2013
2/4 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " A passable late-summer stand-in for its core audience until the new fall CW television season begins." — School Library Journal
Posted Aug 21, 2013
2.5/4 68% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) " With understated performances and unabashed arty nudity, it's drama au natural." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 16, 2013
2/4 41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " {Percy] wants to prove that he's not a "one-quest wonder," but this movie franchise-wannabe doesn't escape that dig." — School Library Journal
Posted Aug 7, 2013
3/4 99% Wadjda (2013) " It engages largely because of its rebellious title character, an enterprising, plucky, and very obstinate 10-year-old girl." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 4, 2013
3/4 85% Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers (2013) " The film will more than scratch an itch for heist film fans waiting for the next Topkapi, Rififi, or The Thomas Crown Affair." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/4 92% The Spectacular Now (2013) " The director's attention to well-rounded, non-stereotypical characterization is spread evenly throughout the ensemble." — School Library Journal
Posted Jul 30, 2013
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