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The Turning (2020)

Drama | Mystery 
Rayting:   3.8/10 9974 votes
Country: UK | Ireland
Language: English

A young governess is hired to look after an orphaned girl, but the return of the girl's problematic brother uncovers secrets from their past. A modern take on Henry James' novella "The Turn of the Screw."

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lesleyannemandigo 25 January 2020

It was like watching an hour and a half movie trailer. You get left wanting to know what happens...

prettyh-1 24 January 2020

I like horror movies and thrillers, I like modern takes on period pieces and classics, and I like the cast and am a fan of the director's music videos and earlier film work (i.e. The Runaways). So I expected to enjoy this update on The Turn of the Screw. I did not enjoy it, I'm sad to report. There was too little story or suspense to hold one's attention throughout, and that's a shame.

The cast certainly did their jobs -- Finn Wolfhard is no longer the nerdy little kid, and Mackenzie Davis was convincing in her role as a driven-to-the-edge tutor -- and it was visually beautiful throughout a lot of the film. But early jump scares suck a lot of the suspense out of it all. And a distinct lack of backstory/characterization leaves way too many questions about what, exactly, there is to be afraid of in the giant, creaky house. The little girl's fears are left unexplained, at least in terms of being satisfactory; the huge personality shift in the boy is sort of waved away; and the many unexplained deaths in the history of the estate are just confusing. I kept wondering if cuts had been made to the script or in the editing room, because things didn't flow at all and it really affected the atmosphere.

The ending will drive a lot of viewers to yell at the screen. Our half-full opening night theatre did a lot of groaning and saying, "You've got to be kidding me!" as the credits suddenly began to roll. Maybe that finale would've worked better had everything leading up to it actually added up to more...but unless we get a Director's Cut we'll never know. I wish I could recommend this movie. I can't. Not scary, nonsensical, and not enough to be worth the price of admission. -HV

sautdebasque 28 January 2020

Complete waste of time. I was close to walking out but I was hoping it got better. The ending confirmed that I should have walked out.

I'm irritated I lost precious time to go see this train wreck.

jacksnackfan 27 January 2020

I sat through that whole movie and I still can't tell you what happened. It's literally the most forgettable movie ever.

patrickullmer 25 January 2020

I loved the book "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James. I was expecting this film to be cliched, to be weak in horror and heavy in jumpscares- but I did not expect it to be as bad as it turned out being. It moves too slow, is riddled with too many jumpscares, and tries to be smart by adding a twist at the ending and twisting that twist with another twist twice. Utterly disappointing. Mackenzie Davis deserves much better for her career.

LSUK 24 January 2020

Very annoyed by this movie. It had potential but every good plot idea fizzled out into nothing. There were too many cheap jump scares and way too many unanswered questions. The ending left not only me but the entire cinema audience questioning what actually happened...

Such a good location and atmosphere but I feel like there was too much going on. The acting was good but was ruined by the dull and in my opinion, non-existent story line.

kds-76564 26 January 2020

Read the reviews and hoped it was better. Not! The movie had potential. The actors were all very good, but the story was convoluted and had many holes in it. So many unanswered questions!! Then it ENDS?! What a disappointment - if it had ended 5 minutes earlier, the ending would've been better. We walked out feeling as if we wasted our afternoon.

cobain_1979 24 January 2020

Opens on the announcement of Kurt Cobain's death for no reason at all and never references it again. "Music" plays a theme but not 90s grunge music, for some very odd reason. Then it ends as abruptly as Monty Python and The Holy Grail. You're just sitting there wondering what just happened.

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