Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan
Born (1946-10-27) October 27, 1946
Nationality United States
Education B.A. Swarthmore College
M.A. Columbia University
Occupation film critic

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

Early life and education

Turan was raised in an observant Jewish family in Brooklyn.[1] He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.[2] His sister was on the editorial staff of Root and Branch and was married to journalist Robert Scheer.[3][4]


He has been a film critic for the Los Angeles Times since 1991 and the Director for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, Los Angeles Times since 1993. He is the founding film critic for Arts Alive on KUSC-FM and He also provides regular reviews for Morning Edition on National Public Radio.[2]

Kenneth Turan is featured in the documentary For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism discussing his famous public quarrel with James Cameron, and recalling how Cameron e-mailed the LA Times’s editors calling for Turan’s firing after Turan wrote a negative review of Titanic.[5] He serves on the board of directors of the National Yiddish Book Center.[2]




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