The Turning (2020) - Drama, Horror, Mystery

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A young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after their parents' deaths. A modern take on Henry James' novella "The Turn of the Screw."

IMDB: 3.7
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Stars: Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard
Length: 94 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 60 out of 173 found boring (34.68%)

One-line Reviews (118)

Instead, viewers are given a mishmash of different ideas that weakly revolve around a beautiful setting and compelling characters.

A slow burn that unfortunately fizzles out with a weird ending.

The movie is to bland to talk about.

Don't waste your money to go see this movie.

The only thing I have to say about this movie was the beginning was slow and I was thinking well soon it's got to get better and more exciting.

Save your money.

Don't waste your money .

This film is a very solid, spooky, and engaging take on a classic story.

But I usually know what I'm heading into when watching these kind of movies, I know it's not going to be an Oscar contender, so I enjoyed it enough.

The characters are cheaply written, to the point where they become more of an eye sore than actually intriguing (Come on Davis and Wolfhard, you're better than this!

Personally, the film was interesting enough to keep my attention, but the end result was so confusing, and felt so unfinished.

Save your money.

These kind of films are just immensely unsatisfying despite being somewhat enjoyable.

As for the good, this movie is beautifully shot and the sets are truly stunning, I wish I could steal all of the furniture they used.

Complete waste of time.

This movie was absolutely confusing and could not stay on one scene that made sense.

Mackenzie's slow mental breakdown throughout the film was very believable to see making the audience understand her fear.

It just dragged on forever.

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.


There was frankly no story, no character development, no scares, just plain boring throughout.

Worst movie I have ever seen.

Irritating characters, incredibly boring storyline, gimmicky jump scares, (and mannequin scares.

Making you not know when something was going to jump out at you, therefore I was on the edge of my seat for a large majority of the time.

The Turning is a film with great potential but falls flat halfway through with snail like pacing, unimaginative scares and a confusing conclusion making it a frustrating but compelling watch.

This was such a boring movie that I have no idea why it was even called "The Turning.

Horrible and just plain boring.

Literally go and watch paint dry before this

So if this filmic version tried to keep the mysterious atmosphere from the book it failed here and there, by using horror movie clichéd and predictable moments of fright, just like - ok, there she goes and she'll get a fright now behind that door, you bet?

The film feels convoluted and disjointed as well.

worst movie ever .

Don't Waste Your Time .

Starts out somewhat ok but takes a turn down a path of total confusion!

Creepy suspenseful movie .

I wouldn't call them scary, but definitely intense, and I was able to feel for the characters involved.

I thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of his unpredictable behaviour because it was nearly impossible to tell if it was due to mental illness and hormones, or if some greater force was afoot.

this is probably the worst movie I've seen in years, this was worse than Mother and that's saying something.

The script was banal and the acting unremarkable.

It's a sloppy film filled with an abundance of cheap scares and odd dream sequences but it's also very engaging and has a very creeptastic atmosphere.

i find it baffling how absolutely nothing happened in the hour and a half runtime.

This movie is literally the worst movie I've ever seen!

Nothing happened in this movie.

Whatever they were trying to do it bored me to death!

The script is one of the worst I've ever heard, more bland than unseasoned chicken, with lines like, "You shouldn't be here.

Worst film I have seen, complete waste of time.

It was filled with forgettable and predictable moments.

The acting way good but was ruined by the dull and in my opinion, non-existent story line.

Save your money and time and watch the 1960's black and white version called The Innocents.

They were going in a good direction, but then they made it so Mackenzie Davis character was imagining most of it and going mad making most of the film pointless and leaving me very disappointed with the end result of the film.

I loved the cinematography, but the flow, pacing and confusing relationships of the characters was tiresome to watch.

This is a just about watchable horror film with a confusing ending or perhaps two endings.

Waste of money and time.

The movie was just going nowhere and it seemed like instead of developing the characters, the writers just threw scenes together and called it a movie.

I think it was one of the most anticlimactic and confusing endings I have seen.

A waste of time masquerading as cinema starring MacKenzie Davis (of the ill-fated Terminator: Dark Fate) & Finn Wolfhard (of Stranger Things) where a woman takes a position in a remote mansion to take care of a couple of tykes even though flags should've been raised since the last person in that position has gone missing.

Don't waste your time!!

It was very confusing.

Jump scares that are so predictable and just not scary.

With a visually stunning first 15 minutes, "The Turning" devolves into a plot-less, plodding, bore fest of a film.

This movie had absolutely no storyline.

The ending confirmed that I should have walked out.

Don't waste your time

Waste of Time .

It was so unoriginal and so boring.

Inspired by turn of the screw by Henry James this highly engaging but muddled adaptation offers an intriguing treatment of the material, intentional or not.

Predictable overproduced Hollywood garbage.

Waste of time, money and space .

Please save your money and go see another movie in theaters!

There was no story.

I swear so many of these scary movies now says (especially the pg-13 ones) are so unoriginal, same basic story, mostly jump scares, and just boring.

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.

Save your money.

Don't waste your money or your time!

The story is slow, and then fast and the slow.

It was so bad that people cursed the movie at the end, I was so mad why I even waste Time and money for this crap movie

The only thing that could've saved this movie based on a confusing and vague book is having a linear time line and not doing the "and the last half hour is all in her head" and left it at that.

The first 15 mins was ok, but after that this film went nowhere and the ending somehow ended abruptly in my opinion.

Personally I thought the movie was rather creepy and suspenseful.

I paid 20 dollars for these moves and fro my son and for a moemtn the movie was okay but then it was getting boring and the ending sucked big time everyone at the theater these day 02/15/2020 was like what !!!!

Was the worst movie I've seen in a long time .

Worst movie of the year!!.

I enjoyed it very much and want to see it again.

All the actors worked really well together and bounced off each other really well making the characters actions and personalities very believable which made the film more enjoyable to watch.

Boy, I should have walked out then.

This is a scary movie with a really confusing ending!

It was a complete waste of time and money.

All in all, it failed to even be entertaining.

The movie was suspenseful, acting was good.

Overall, it was entertaining and would have been enjoyable had I left at the false ending.

Personally, I quite enjoyed the unsettling & confusing nature of this film.

Don't waste your money for this movie Or you will regret

After I left the theater my girlfriend and I sat in the car talking about how the movie didn't make sense.

Don't waste your time watching this movie.

There were just a few parts that were just boring and didn't make sense to me.

The creaking doors and spooky reflections make for a boring experience.

I left the theater so confused.

I could barely stay awake trying to watch this poorly done story unfold.

Don't Waste Your Money.

Throughout the entire movie, you really do feel on the edge of your seat.

Don't waste your time .

This movie is very confusing and boring I almost feel asleep.

The whole movie was slow.

Scares took a hit for me in this film, and the slow pace itself leads to potentially a film that will not be the modern preference.

the ending was just unsatisfying and just plain confusing or even lazy.

This film dragged on & on & on.

Don't waste your time.

Absolutely waste of money to see this.

Dont waste your money.

It didn't know if it wanted to be a movie about mental health or ghosts, it really had the elements to work both ways, but there is one moment that ruins the chance for you believing this movie is about mental health and that's when the Grandma doll's head turns back as the nanny did not see that, we did as the audience, so now when they want to pull the whole everything is in her head and she's crazy, let's get away from her ending, it's confusing as all hell because it was completely set up to be a ghost story from thirty minutes in.

First of all, the movie was SO boring.

" In a half empty cinema.

If you still feel inclined to watch this, don't waste your money in theaters.

Absolutely one of the worst movies I have ever saw!

Mrs. Grose is played well by Barbara Marten, but her character is really bland, I didn't know what to think of her during the film or after it.

Please, save your money and time.

Don't waste your time!

But be warned, you will be bored of this film.

The film does do a good job of being eerie and suspenseful and has the audience thinking of what is really going on.