Mr. Turner

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Biopic of famous painter is well-acted but slow moving.

R 2014 149 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 15+

Arty needing patience

Higher rating given due to relationship between Mr Turner and his household servant which could be considered to take advantage of his position of authority and hence scene borders on rape. Also prostitution scene difficult for younger audience to understand in context. Film as a whole portrays his art and character very well for those interested but slow pace makes it difficult for any not interested.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 13+

A true disappointment.

It really pains me to say this, but Mr. Turner is boring. Even as a person that usually really likes slow movies and absolutely adores some such as Eyes Wide Shut, Somewhere, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Under the Skin, I felt like I was in a time warp while seeing this. A majority of the film's artistry, cinematography, and Timothy Spall's great performance are undone by the morbidly slow pacing and surplus of extraneous scenes totaling in at 150 minutes when it should have been 105. If I had to describe Mr. Turner in one word, it'd be unfortunate, not bad. The production design is great, as are the costumes, but those are the only things that remain completely unaffected by the film's duration. There are some scenes that work really well, but they're too scarce since there are ten times as many scenes that don't make an impact. The score is solid, but for some odd reason is pretty creepy and feels unfitting. But above all, it's that everything that the movie does a good job of isn't as interesting as it should because you feel like you're too busy twiddling your thumbs as you wait for something to happen. Sadly, I can't truly recommend Mr. Turner since sitting through it makes you feel like a little kid that was dragged along to a dinner party at your parents' friends' house. This might be the movie that is so negatively affected by its running time, but Timothy Spall does work wonders regardless. 5.3/10, meh, one thumb down, below average, etc.

This title has:

Too much sex

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