The Turning

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  • 5 of 5 stars
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    I'm really sorry, but this is SO underrated! I get it, people hated the ending because it was a total cliffhanger, but I seriously feel like that's the only reason people hated the movie. It's gotta get at least SOME credit.
  • 0.5 of 5 stars
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    If I could put zero stars, I would. This movie was a huge waste of time and the ending was an extreme let down. If you can even call that an ending. There was a bunch of jump scare moments, but on the whole, the movie was just trash.
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    Take a look at an abstract painting. Then take a look at The Turning. Similar right? We, as the viewers, are forced to interpret the entire movie and piece it all together. I must mention the extraordinary gothic atmosphere throughout! This alone is enough to grip me and horror fans alike. I am pleased to say that The Turning isn't based solely on cheap scares. We have more of a psychological thriller on our hands with a pinch of paranormal. Although there are certainly a few scares thrown in there for effect, I have to say the majority of them didn't contribute anything to the story. The progression of Kate's mental state is beautifully done as she becomes a little more unkempt with the progression of each scene. The characters themselves are quite plain and don't offer much to the story. There is a longing to connect more with the characters which we haven't had the chance to do with this movie. Luckily the cast including: Davis, Wolfhard and Prince managed to save it with their impeccable acting talents. They managed to bring the characters to life even though they hadn't a great deal to refer to. In the beginning of The Turning it seems quite promising with the stunning shots and atmosphere that we are shown but as it progresses and we spiral through the remaining scenes we are thrown into confusion and (what can only be described as) sheer torment. Now it's not for the lack of respect for Sigismondi or James but the ending needed a stronger conclusion than what we received. I appreciate the cliffhanger, somewhat guess the ending scenario but there is simply not enough solid content for the viewers to form a proper opinion. Overall the movie is clever albeit bland in some areas. Just add a little more seasoning next time.
  • 0.5 of 5 stars
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    Waste of a talented cast. Worst movie of the year so far.
  • 1.5 of 5 stars
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    I feel like this type of horror movie comes out every year. So this is about a young teacher (Mackenzie Davis) who gets recruited to be the private tutor for a little girl who lost her parents (Brooklynn Prince). She has a lot to learn about this family and the estate, as things work a little differently around these parts. Now I didn't know a ton about this going in. I think I saw a trailer at some point, but that's about it, and I didn't know much about the critical reception which I now know was abhorrent. You know it's a foreboding sign when the DVD mailer comes with alternate endings, and you know what? This is the kind of horror that just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Now I do want it noted that I did make an effort on this one, and I don't think it starts all that bad. While I wasn't a fan of the movie, I did like Mackenzie Davis in Tully, and I think she turns in decent work here as well. I think that she is the best thing about this movie by a sizable margin, but this movie suffers from the same problem that many modern films are unable to avoid: they don't understand how to write children. Brooklynn Prince isn't awful, but her character still performs actions in this that do nothing but hinder and are obstacles for the plot. Her brother, on the other hand, is a character you despise. He is played by Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things fame, and he does nothing but actively antagonize from start to finish. You want to see nothing but see him get disciplined, and given the social situation that he is in, you know that a reprimand is completely out of the question. His character single-handedly drags this movie down, and that alone would be bad enough... and then we get to the ending. The last ten minutes of this is one of the worst endings I have seen in quite some time and it makes you walk away angry. I didn't take the time to watch any of alternate endings, but I am having a difficult time imagining any of them being worse than the one they went with. Nothing in this movie is earned, and it is clichéd to a fault. You have jump scares, and you have creepy artifacts that are placed randomly throughout this house. They give you a lame reason why your protagonist isn't just bailing, and honestly, it just isn't enough. You've seen this movie done better before, and because it never shows you anything new, it gets boring. This story doesn't really end up going anywhere, and I'm having difficulty imagining even die-hard genre fans finding something worthwhile about this.
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    It's funny how dumb this movie is.
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    The Turning Review: 0/10 Pros: The child has a decent performance Cons: The plot makes no sense Aside from one or two moments, the acting is garbage The writing and decision making is awful The characters are complete dumbasses The movie doesn't even have an ending
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    My expectations were so low that I actually liked it. Great cinematography, and I like Mackenzie David. Nice atmosphere too. However the story is too slow and simple in comparison to the confusing bizarre ending.
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    A nothing movie with an unforgivable ending. Final Rating: D
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    Esta película no lleva a nada, un suspenso ridículo, actuaciones flojas principalmente de Finn Wolfhard, a quien siguen contratando por su popularidad más que por su capacidad actoral, y Brooklynn Prince (The Florida project), quién tiene talento que no pudo demostrar en una película tan mala.