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The Turning

The Turning
The Turning
The Turning
  • PG-13
  • 1h 34m
  • 2020
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The Turning stars Finn Wolfhard (TV's Stranger Things) and Mackenzie Davis (TV's Black Mirror) in a thrilling adaptation of Henry James' landmark novel. At a mysterious estate in the Maine countryside, a newly appointed nanny is charged with the care of two disturbed orphans. She quickly discovers that both the children and the house are harboring dark secrets and things may not be as they appear.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: 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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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Baffling remake of Gothic classic wastes talented cast.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Turning is director Floria Sigismondi's take on Henry James' classic 1898 horror novel The Turn of the Screw about a teacher who starts seeing ghosts. Starring Mackenzie Davis, the modernized version (which is set in 1994, a century later than James' book) has creepy, atmospheric sequences, a couple of jump-worthy moments, and a ghost with a tendency toward sexual assault and general violence. Language includes one use of "f--king," plus "s--t" and exclamations of "hell," "Jesus," and more. A teen makes suggestive comments and advances toward his sister's teacher, a woman's bare back is visible as she bathes, and a rape/murder is blurrily depicted in a vision. The movie isn't outright scary so much as it is creepy and dark, and it unfortunately has an unsatisfying ending.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror, Thriller
  • Release Date:January 24, 2020
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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