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Parents' Guide to

The Turning

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Baffling remake of Gothic classic wastes talented cast.

Movie PG-13 2020 94 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 2+

The ending felt like they lost budget and just ended it, it made no sense at all

age 12+

Its honestly okay for your tweens/teens to watch

I am a very protective parent so I was not going to let them watch this movie. Then i deiced to watch it one day because i felt bad for my babies because they really wanted to see it ( there 13 year old girls twins). After i watch it I called them down and told them I will let them they could see it and i already rented it! they were so happy! The movie is complety fine. It is not scary (at least i didn't think it was or my daughters). It was kind of boring to me but they really seamed to like it! So in conclusion you should let you kids watch it, it was fine!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (35 ):

Despite the talented cast and atmospheric production design, this adaptation suffers from both a sluggish plot and an unnecessarily abrupt ending. Davis, Prince, and Wolfhard are all fine actors, but there's little for them to do except act terrified, indulged, and smug, respectively. If ever there was a competition for rich kids behaving badly, Wolfhard's Miles (whom the housekeeper calls a "thoroughbred") would definitely place. He's indignant at the thought of clearing his plate, apathetic about his expulsion from school, and uninterested in following any rules "the help" might suggest. Kate, meanwhile, is the ultimate misguided do-gooder, and audiences may well take perverse delight in yelling at her throughout The Turning.

Why Kate stays at the haunted manse with ungrateful children (Flora can be sweet, but she cares far more about her brother than her teacher) is beyond understanding. The only reasonable character in the movie is Kate's former roommate/best friend, Rose (Kim Adis), who routinely implores Kate to ditch the gig and come home. Rose is also the sole source of levity in the movie, because Kate is utterly humorless. Of course, Kate also isn't in her right mind: She's seeing ghosts and is overly invested in the children's lives. The movie's ambiguous final sequence will frustrate audiences because it's so incomprehensible -- and not in a thought-provoking Inception or The Others manner, but in a "what did we just watch?" or "why did we waste our money?" way.

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