Kenneth Turan (pron.: /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.
Turan was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received his B.S. in history from Swarthmore College 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 is the founding film critic for Arts Alive on KUSC-FM and www.kusc.org. He also provides regular reviews for Morning Edition on National Public Radio 
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.
- 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)
- 2006: Special Citation. National Society of Film Critics Awards.
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