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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 Californiamarker.


Turan was born in Brooklyn, New Yorkmarker. He received his B.A. in history from Swarthmore Collegemarker in 1967 and M.S. from Columbia University in 1968. From 1969-1978 he was a sports writer and feature writer for the Washington Post. He also served as film critic for a number of publications including The Progressive, New West/California Magazine, Gentlemen's Quarterly, and E!Entertainment.


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 also provides regular reviews for Morning Edition on National Public Radio.


  • 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 Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke. (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. Boston and New York. (1972)


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


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