Kent Turner

Kent Turner
Tomatometer-approved critic
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Official Websites: film-forward.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 76% A Hidden Life (2019) Not since The Sound of Music have the Austrian Alps been such scene stealers. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
2/4 92% Dark Waters (2019) Hathaway has the unfortunate task of delivering a monologue that's straight out of Saturday Night Live's sendup of the reoccurring character Angel, the perpetually aggrieved girlfriend played by Heidi Gardner. The sentiment is virtually the same. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/4 95% The Kingmaker (2019) If viewers find it easy to scoff at the pretensions of the former first lady, they'll think twice when the tone and focus shift midway ... and expand into a bigger picture of the recent Filipino political scene - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
2/4 82% The Report (2019) With plenty of details about names and places thrown at viewers, the film demands close attention-and coffee. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The movie offers, to quote Miss Somerset from Thornton Wilder's 1942 play The Skin of Our Teeth, "good entertainment with a message you can take home with you." - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet Vas-y Coupe! (2019) Sharp-eyed and affable - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over (2019) At 75 minutes, the movie is short and sharp. Lunch continues to look back, and forward, in anger. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2/4 60% He Dreams of Giants (2019) He Dreams of Giants is like an extended making-of documentary: typical for international co-productions, there are money worries, and the production also falls behind schedule. Yet there is little interaction with the actors. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/4 96% The Irishman (2019) Though this is a lucidly told and often engrossing labyrinth of a tale, it's also a bit hollow at its center. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet Letter to the Editor (2019) News junkies should make the pleasurable Letter to the Editor a priority. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 100% Killing Patient Zero (2019) Director Laurie Lynd's illuminating and arresting documentary will make you rethink the established recorded history of the early days of the AIDS epidemic. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 70% Liberté (2019) The film has a strange, almost hypnotic pull, while turning its watchers into complicit voyeurs. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
3/4 98% The Cave (2019) Briskly paced and with many incredibly intense moments. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
3/4 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Methodically and steadily, French writer-director François Ozon builds an efficient and damning case. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) An unmistakable crowd pleaser ... featuring a linear steel trap of a script. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/4 60% A Girl Missing (Yokogao) (2019) A steadily absorbing crime thriller with at least two satisfying twists. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/4 92% A Sun That Never Sets (Fire Will Come) (O Que Arde) (2019) The slice-of-life vignettes introduce intriguing, credible characters, who stand out in contrast to the imposed ambiguity of the tight-lipped ending. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
2.5/4 97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) After a visually dazzling and nimble first half, the momentum deflates in the second hour as the film becomes more conventional. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
2.5/4 95% Atlantics (2019) [Diop's] movie stands out for its combination of tones and moods ... along with a terrific melancholic and spacey score by Fatima Al Qadiri. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/4 50% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2019) A novella of a film that introduces a premise but then doesn't quite expand upon it. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/4 83% Judy (2019) If the movie needs a justification at all, it has that, in spades, in Zellweger's exhaustive and soulful interpretation. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 100% The Australian Dream (2019) An essential film on race and sports, and of the emotional and professional cost of a person of color speaking up and taking a stand. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
2.5/4 58% Frankie (2019) The scenery here is not just part of the show, it's the main event. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 87% The Nightingale (2019) If Kent's first film, The Babadook (2014), had a sinister undercurrent, her new and more multifaceted film unleashes it in full force. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
2.5/5 78% Skin (2019) The screenplay emphasizes-beatdown by beatdown-Widner's attempts to flee from the white separatists and the ways in which they retaliate. An inevitable showdown awaits him, but not an insightful psychological breakthrough. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/4 100% De Lo Mio (2019) A fine family drama of regret and remembrance. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet So Pretty (2019) A low-key, languid, slice-of-life take on a queer intellectual household in Brooklyn. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Though the director's rendering of history in this movie and Inglourious Basterds is of his own making, his characters are convincingly made of flesh and blood. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/3 95% Ray & Liz (2019) An epiphany-free zone. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
2.5/4 71% This One's for the Ladies (2019) As if realizing that a G-string can only be stretched so far, Graham uses the strip-a-thon as a gateway ... Essentially, the director profiles a panting sisterhood of mostly middle-age African American women, the self-described Classy Nasty Ladies. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
3/4 80% The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) The unconventional The Amazing Johnathan Documentary could also be titled The Filmmaker's Nightmare. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
3/4 90% Give Me Liberty (2019) With its overlapping dialogue, the ride is like a Robert Altman film on speed. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
2.5/4 86% Pavarotti (2019) Pavorotti serves more as an ideal introduction for opera newcomers as well as those who may not have been around at the singer's zenith as a media star in the early to mid-1990s. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/4 84% Dogman (2019) The most desolate and hopeless setting outside of dystopian fiction can be found in Matteo Garrone's new film. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
3.5/4 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Director Pamela B. Green makes film history a pleasure to watch and a gateway for those who would otherwise pass on the chance to explore moviemaking before the advent of sound. - School Library Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
3/4 100% A Regular Woman (Nur Eine Frau) (2019) Is there room for another film about honor killings? Director Sherry Hormann answers with a yes in her brisk, beat-by-beat depiction of the 2005 murder in Berlin of Hatun "Aynur" Surucu, 23, by her youngest brother. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
3/4 96% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) Curious viewers will be sated; they will come to understand why director Matt Wolf has focused on someone who they most likely never heard of. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
3/4 94% You Don't Nomi (2019) This is the most thoughtful deconstruction of a film imaginable, as well as an ideal festival choice for those who used to buy DVDs just for the commentaries. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
3/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Although Moore can't quite pass as an overlooked wallflower as the scenario calls for-yes, movie stars are different than everyday folk-she strips the character down to its core. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 100% Amanda (2018) Mikhaël Hers's Amanda is moving, yet unsentimental, which is quite an achievement considering it deals with a 24-year-old uncle tentatively cementing his bond with his seven-year-old niece. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/4 91% In Safe Hands (Pupille) (2018) The film is more on-point when it stays focused on baby Théo and his development. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/4 75% Sink or Swim (Le grand bain) (2019) It's lightweight, predictable, and a bit improbable for sure, with a pop soundtrack-Paul McCartney, Tears for Fears-that keeps the pace bouncing along. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 83% The Trouble with You (En liberté!) (2018) There are also not too many leading men who are as charming as [Pio] Marmaï, or as scary. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/4 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) In terms of its story line, it's familiar and new at the same time. You've seen other birds of a feather, but this is a new breed. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/4 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The follow-up is refreshingly retro ... Miranda steals the film ... he's the only cast member who brings the pizzazz of a Broadway musical performer. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3.5/4 90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) A one of a kind experience, where the country's past and present commingle. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) [Xavier] Legrand is a director to look out for, no question. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2.5/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The original score propels the entire film, even when the onscreen energy sags. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 72% Ready Player One (2018) An old-fashioned, though state-of-the-art, frolic ... Viewers need not be cut-throat Trivial Pursuit players to know Blondie from Buckaroo Banzai, though it wouldn't hurt. - School Library Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/4 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) This is the one film made by Disney where the sidekicks, a Disney trope if ever there was one, are restrained. - School Library Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018