The Turning

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  • 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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    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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    Oliver JonesObserver
    Only The Florida Project's Brooklynn Prince makes it out of the proceedings unscathed. She brings a playful naturalism to the dark imp Flora. If she keeps it up, she's this generation's Margaret O'Brien.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    Everything is very ham-fisted and crass, with nothing like the ambiguous shimmer of the original story or the style and elegance of the 1961 Jack Clayton film version...
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    Caillou PettisMediaversity Reviews
    The vast majority of the cast in The Turning is white.
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    David NusairReel Film Reviews
    An absolutely abhorrent ghost story...
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    Linda CookQuad City Times (Davenport, IA)
    'Turning' is incomprehensible spin on 'Turn of the Screw.'
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    Richard James HavisSouth China Morning Post
    This pedestrian ghost story plods along in a vaguely competent manner until a thoroughly muddled ending makes the whole experience pointless.
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