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Kenneth Turan

Film critic

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October 27, 1946 (age 77) (

Swarth College, Columbia University

Not to be Missed: Fifty‑four, Never Coming To A Theater, Sundance to Sarajevo, Free for All: Joe Papp - The Publi, Now in Theaters Everywhere


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Kenneth Turan (; born October 27, 1946) is an American film critic and lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California.


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Early life and education

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Turan was raised in an observant Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York. He received a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.


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Turan was a staff writer for The Washington Post, including a piece on Maurice Braverman.

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He has been a film critic for the Los Angeles Times since 1991 and director of the Los Angeles Times's Book Prizes, since 1993. He is the founding film critic on the KUSC radio program, Arts Alive. He also provides regular movie reviews for NPR's Morning Edition.. His reviews also appear in The Baltimore Sun..

Turan is featured in the documentary For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism discussing his public quarrel with film director James Cameron, who e-mailed the Los Angeles Times's editors calling for Turan to be fired after he wrote a negative review of Titanic. Turan serves on the board of directors of the Yiddish Book Center.


  • Not to Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film (2014)
  • Free for All: Joe Papp, the Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told (2009) with Joseph Papp
  • Now In Theaters Everywhere. (2006)
  • Never Coming To A Theater Near You. (2004)
  • Sundance to Sarajevo: Film Festivals and the World They Made.
  • Call Me ismale: The Autobiography of ismale. (1987)
  • I'd Rather Be Wright: Memoirs of an itinerant Tackle. (1974)
  • Sinema: American Pornographic Films and the People Who Make Them. (1974)
  • The Future is Now: George Allen, Pro Football's Most Controversial Coach. with William Gildea (1972)
  • Awards

  • 2006: Special Citation. National Society of Film Critics Awards.
  • References

    Kenneth Turan Wikipedia