The Turning Reviews

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Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
February 5, 2015
There's much to admire in this compilation of Australian short films, but the run-time is far too punishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 29, 2013
Disjointed and unsatisfying. While some stories soar - the titular vignette is stirring and beautiful - too many others fall flat or get lost in the search for profundity as characters spend an inordinate amount of time staring into the middle distance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 5, 2015
Even at the level of the individual short film it looks disconcertingly unfinished and unformed, each piece seeming like a sketch for something bigger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer
January 8, 2014
Ambition shines through every frame of The Turning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Lauren Carroll Harris
Concrete Playground
October 15, 2013
Who knew that the next great Australian film would actually be a constellation of 17 smaller ones? It's not easy viewing but it is beautiful viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
October 1, 2013
A sumptuous film that encapsulates a broad emotional spectrum within the Australian experience
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Guy Lodge
Variety
February 5, 2015
The film rewards the patient, with the most compelling entries stacked in the back half.
Tom Clift
FILMINK (Australia)
September 25, 2013
An admirably ambitious endeavour, which shines with talent on both sides of the camera, but may prove testing due to its sprawling length.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
September 11, 2013
The magical thing about Tim Winton's The Turning is how consistently good it is. That it occasionally touches greatness makes it miraculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
February 9, 2015
Winton is important to Australian culture, but a less fragmented, reverent approach would serve his work better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
September 26, 2013
While The Turning didn't fully satisfy my cinematic appetite, at least it's bold enough to be different. I'm glad to have seen it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
February 5, 2015
The Turning is a collection of nine short films based on Tim Winton's stories, some of which are more satisfying than others but in all they give a sense of Australian landscape and life at the edges.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
September 22, 2013
A tighter adaptation of Winton's book, helmed by one, possibly two filmmakers, would have sufficed. As a collective, it feels weighed down by its own remit.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Nikki Baughan
The List
February 2, 2015
An adaptation of Australian author Tim Winton's 2005 collection of short stories, The Turning is a beguiling piece of storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
October 9, 2013
A bold and visionary cinema project, that evokes the Australian landscape with a collection of nostalgic haunted and very real characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 12, 2013
The film's striking landscape is like a winding road that links the thoughts, ideas and senses evoked by Tim Winton's stories as themes of regret, guilt and renewal wind their way through the diverse narratives
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 12, 2013
The work creates its own rhythms and moods, and weaves a rich tapestry of human experience that keeps us engaged. That is the film's achievement
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
April 6, 2014
Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne desperate housewives down under. And as much an ordeal for admittedly clueless audiences unfamiliar with the source material as for the characters. But for those with patience, the periodic pleasures of these bracing yarns.
James Mottram
Total Film
January 26, 2015
With each episode produced by its own individual creative team, the lack of continuity can disorientate. But it's this daring mix of styles that gives The Turning its creative energy and distinct off-kilter flavour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
February 6, 2015
Life-changing moments feature in each of the nine short films in this Australian anthology, and each is told with remarkable artistry and sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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