The Turning

critic Reviews

, 11% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Stylish but muddled, this misbegotten adaptation of Henry James' classic novel will send horror-hungry viewers Turning to the source material instead.
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    Becca JamesChicago Reader
    Unfortunately, a bevy of offscreen characters that only serve to complicate an already meandering plot and a sorely muddled ending rob it of its full potential.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    It's clear that somewhere, at some point, a worthwhile project took a wrong turn.
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    Jude DryindieWire
    "The Turning" announces Sigismondi as a bold and adept genre filmmaker, with an eye for detail and impeccable casting choices.
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    David FearRolling Stone
    The Turning doesn't make you feel like you've watched a failed adaptation of a horror-lit landmark. It just leaves you feeling totally screwed.
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    Jocelyn NoveckAssociated Press
    It proves harder still to discern the message in that abrupt ending. Yes, it's commendable to find new ways to tell a classic tale. It's just that this tale has been told better, and more clearly, many times before.
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    Christy LemireRogerEbert.com
    The Turning suggests the devastation that can linger as a result of childhood trauma, and its players seem game to go deeper, but ultimately the film only scratches the surface of this thorny subject.
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    Andrew GaudionTHN
    When other, better adaptations of this text exist, there's little here to make horror fans turn their heads.
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    Lee McCoyDrumDums
    This Turning is probably the worst adaptation (Turning of the Screw) I've seen in a long time. It's a mess with characters you can't get behind, a story muddled with every genre trope imaginable, and an unrealized albeit lazy ending.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    Just like a dimwitted person who knowingly stays in a haunted house after being attacked by ghosts, viewers should know what they're getting into with The Turning and experience it at their own risk.
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    Federico FurzanCinelipsis
    This debacle of a film shows an strangely immature side of genre cinema, a forced task that has no meaning or purpose. [Full review in Spanish].
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