the latest version of Henry James' haunted house classic fails to raise a scare; instead of intriguing ambiguity, this updated version – which had a long and bumpy development -- offers only maddening confusion
overall, this an ambitiously crafted and robustly acted adaptation which could have been so much more were it not for some glaring mistakes and a screenplay that could have benefited from a heavy rewrite and perhaps a tad more subtlety
it's less about answers and more about evoking a richly rendered gothic horror vibe while intuition bitterly battles reason. It may not work for everyone, but those for whom it works will find much to savor and puzzle over in "The Turning"
"The Turning" enjoys a gorgeous setting, but relies too heavily on the gothic manor for ambiance. The story lacks overall cohesiveness. While the imagery is chilling, that is just not enough to carry a film