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The Turning (2020)



Critic Consensus: 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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For more than 100 years, a deeply haunting tale has been passed down to terrify audiences. Next February, DreamWorks Pictures' THE TURNING takes us to a mysterious estate in the Maine countryside, where newly appointed nanny Kate is charged with the care of two disturbed orphans, Flora and Miles. Quickly though, she discovers that both the children and the house are harboring dark secrets and things may not be as they appear.

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Mackenzie Davis
as Kate Mandell
Finn Wolfhard
as Miles Fairchild
Brooklynn Prince
as Flora Fairchild
Joely Richardson
as Darla Mandell
Barbara Marten
as Mrs. Grose
Denna Thomsen
as Miss Jessel
Niall Greig Fulton
as Peter Quint
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All Critics (94) | Top Critics (18)

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.

March 5, 2020 | Full Review…

It's clear that somewhere, at some point, a worthwhile project took a wrong turn.

January 30, 2020 | Rating: 2/5

"The Turning" announces Sigismondi as a bold and adept genre filmmaker, with an eye for detail and impeccable casting choices.

January 27, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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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.

January 25, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

January 24, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

January 24, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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