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The Turning Reviews

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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
February 8, 2015
The films are rich and diverse, moving from the warm humour of Cate Blanchett reconnecting with her mother-in-law to a battered Rose Byrne having visions of Jesus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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February 5, 2015
The film rewards the patient, with the most compelling entries stacked in the back half.
February 5, 2015
The cream of Australian acting talent features in this portmanteau picture, based on interlinking short stories by Tim Winton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
February 5, 2015
It was first conceived as an art project, and is perhaps best viewed that way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 3, 2015
The stories and their themes are depicted as Joycean-style epiphanies or meditations on being and time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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.
January 8, 2014
Ambition shines through every frame of The Turning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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
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
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
October 1, 2013
A sumptuous film that encapsulates a broad emotional spectrum within the Australian experience
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 27, 2013
A work that maintains a remarkably consistent tone throughout - one of melancholy, regret, and longing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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.
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