Kyle Turner

Kyle Turner
Kyle Turner's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Times Village Voice Slant Magazine Little White Lies Paste Magazine NPR TheWrap Under the Radar Movie Mezzanine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
74% All Together Now (2020) The movie's familiar suggestion of music as a light in the darkness works primarily because its star shines so brightly. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
70% The Sleepover (2020) As "The Sleepover" juggles the genres of heist movie, action thriller, scavenger hunt and teen/tween comedy, it never finds an identity which it slips into effortlessly, the way a good thief can. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
100% Host (2020) "Host" observes uncannily the supernatural, ephemeral, and material worlds colliding together, gesturing toward an uncertain future. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
47% My Spy (2020) "My Spy" meanders, uncertain of its audience: It has too much violence and language for family viewing, but doesn't commit enough to the danger of spy thrillers to stir the Bond and Bourne lovers among us. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
2/10 29% Lovesick (2014) Though its message is ostensibly "Gee, we're all dumb when we're in love!", the film is too naïve, dumb, and mean spirited to give a nuanced portrait on the pain of desire. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
97% The Half of It (2020) By exploring issues of race and queerness with emotional complexity, it treats teenagers with the sophistication they deserve. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
20% Coffee & Kareem (2020) So padded with bad jokes (many of which are homophobic), aimlessly vulgar language and hackneyed plot points that it makes its 88 minutes congeal beyond a recognizable measure of time. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
100% Original Cast Album: Company (1970) Pennebaker keeps close to his subjects, zooming in on their faces to find what you couldn't see on a stage. It creates the illusion that the viewer is creating with them. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
86% Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) There isn't enough in the way of good jokes or clever references... to make the film appealing, and the flatness of Timmy's delivery, which is supposed to scan as deadpan, doesn't contain enough nuances to make much of the humor land. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
8.5/10 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) As we watch both families act in different, but intersecting, pieces of social/anthropological theatre, Bong [Joon-ho] cuts through their mutual hunger, and what ultimately and tragically separates them, with a jaundiced eye and an acidic sense of humor. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
7.5/10 100% Chained for Life (2019) What's so curious about Chained for Life, and its effortlessness in gliding from the real to the surreal, is how easy it is for its cast of differently-abled actors to seize the camera and its gaze. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
24% The Kitchen (2019) So much of what's promising about The Kitchen, including its ability to explore that question meaningfully, is hampered by its need to justify its own existence - to keep convincing you that it's sufficiently woke. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
8/10 90% Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) Let it be known that Schumer's comedy is not only smart, it's also wildly funny. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
8.0/10 86% Diamantino (2019) Shot with saturated oranges and pinks by Charles Ackley Anderson, deftly vacillating between fantasy and reality, Diamantino's greatest strength is that it understands the best examples of satire always come true. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 91% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Rohrwacher interweaves class discourse, the realities of poverty, and queer magical realism. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
56% The Beach Bum (2019) An American Dream presented as perverted, and decaying, yet splashed in neon and soaked in sunshine, The Beach Bum's brilliant embrace of body, pleasure and art feels like Paradise. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Greta excels at its bizarre balancing act, maintaining an amusing self-awareness that avoids glib disdain. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
90% Paddleton (2019) Previous writing-directing work by Duplass with his brother, Jay ("Jeff Who Lives at Home"), could be quietly devastating. "Paddleton" is mostly just quiet. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) What a blazing and burning feat of melodrama. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
94% The American Meme (2018) "The American Meme" is a polemic as shallow and artificial as it thinks its subjects are. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
4.5/10 87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) However intermittently funny Assayas's newest film may be, Non-Fiction seems strikingly bidimensional. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
6.3/10 83% Her Smell (2019) Even if [it]offers something akin to relief by the end, a final inhalation [backstage] with a neon sign perched above her head, it's hard to escape the bitterness in Perry's potential pleasure watching Becky, incomplete, struggling with her swan song. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
7.5/10 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) In its keen and sensitive and moving observations about the uncertainty in being Asian-American, it's always drifting, and Wu's incredible ability to convey all those ideas wordlessly is what makes the film more than just about a material China girl. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
99% McQueen (2018) Despite interviews with family and collaborators, the film lets the art - what the Met rightly called "such savage beauty" - speak for itself. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) An extraordinary and beautiful work of grief and memory. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
75% After Louie (2018) Its subject matter is interesting, and it's right to remind viewers of the need for different generations of queer people to communicate, but After Louie is burdened by narrative and dialogue clichés that undermine its emotional appeal. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
88% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) Smoczyńska balances out some of the wackier elements of her film with an intimate understanding of how much these characters are at conflict with their bodies, a kind of dysmorphia as horror story, again, reminiscent of Glazer's Under the Skin. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
33% Jigsaw (2017) He's up to his old tricks again, even though he's been dead for a decade, and by old tricks, I mean old-and-musty. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
6.5/10 97% Mudbound (2017) The film, and by extension Rees, is fidgety as far as placing such a dynamic in focus, almost as if she's unwilling to lean towards one clear idea of what their races mean for one another, toward any answer for the question her film poses. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
5/10 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Although Wonder Wheel may feel like it's supposed to be some sort of confessional art, an apology and an apologia for his past sins-justifying and indicting himself-Woody Allen keeps letting himself off the hook. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
9.2/10 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird is nothing short of tremendous, a wise film about how two people deal with ambivalence. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
8/10 96% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project is spattered with profound sadness, with moments of externalized, violent frustration at presumed helplessness, at practically being born into all this. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
4.5/10 94% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Call Me By Your Name thinks about cruising and playing games, but never makes up its mind. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
7/10 83% They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) They Shoot Horses, Don't They? becomes not merely an incisive critique of the exploitation that celebrities are inclined to, but perhaps of capitalism itself. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
69% Downrange (2017) It's a tale of survival that asks you to empathize with the characters not necessarily because they do or do not deserve it, but because they're there. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
56% Lemon (2017) Isaac's trashy identity -- including how the little world he lives in is punctuated by overwhelming choral music -- is like all the annoying sad-white-dude-in-an-indie tropes rolled into one absurd character. That's a good thing. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
8.5/10 87% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) One can't help but think of The Ornithologist as a hallucination brought on by heat stroke. In the best way possible. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
8.5/10 87% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) The Ornithologist is not stuck in the muddy waters of dissolution or morbidity. Rather, the director has these various episodes function both as chances in which Fernando's desire and agency are tested, and jokes about those tests. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
4/10 78% Becoming Bond (2017) [A] rather A&E/TLC treatment of Lazenby's life. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
4.5/10 73% Catfight (2017) Tukel has no sense of space or timing when it comes to editing these several knockout fights. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
8/10 92% Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo (Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau) (2017) Theo and Hugo see something in one another that they haven't seen in anyone else, and Theo and Hugo ebulliently attempts to explore that kind of queer magnetism. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
5/10 67% Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016) This portrait of disaffected youth doing drugs and having sex feels silly in the wrong ways, with its heavy handed art house naturalism unable to sort out where and when to put its weight tonally and emotionally. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
6.5/10 83% Viva (2016) Paddy Breathnach creates a dichotomy between drag and boxing not unlike Darren Aronofsky's between wrestling and ballet (in The Wrestler and Black Swan, respectively). - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
4/4 97% 45 Years (2015) ...it's Haigh's specificity that allows that space between the audience and the film to become infinitesimal. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2015
5/10 80% The New Girlfriend (2015) Maybe a new girlfriend, but definitely old tropes. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
2/4 79% Z For Zachariah (2015) Z for Zachariah is often promising, and intermittently interesting, but its superficial quality is frustrating. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
8/10 78% The Mend (2015) There's a deep self-loathing that's encoded into every character's actions, exacerbated by the precision of Magary's composition and blocking. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2015
4/4 78% Tom at the Farm (2015) With Tom at the Farm, Dolan is able to weave in ideas of familial and romantic replacement and their ultimately destructive consequences. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2015
6/10 52% Boulevard (2015) [There is] a strange restraint that's rare for [Williams], but in the jarring way. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2015
6.5/10 64% Felt (2015) An adequately haunting film that tests its audience's patience with understanding--or at the very least empathizing with the danger of--misogyny. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2015