Critic Consensus: Beautifully shot and well-acted, Changeling is a compelling story that unfortunately gives in to convention too often.
|Rating:||R (for some violent and disturbing content, and language)|
|Genre:||Mystery & Suspense, Drama|
|Directed By:||Clint Eastwood|
|Written By:||J. Michael Straczynski, Joe Michael Straczynski|
|In Theaters:||Oct 24, 2008 Wide|
|On DVD:||Feb 17, 2009|
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as Christine Collins
as Rev. Gustav Briegleb
as Capt. J.J. Jones
as Det. Lester Ybarra
as Chief James E. Davis
as Ben Harris
as Mayor Cryer
as Gordon Northcott
as Carol Dexter
as S.S. Hahn
as Dr. Jonathan Steele
as Dr. Earl W. Tarr
as Walter Collins
as Arthur Hutchins
as Sanford Clark
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Critic Reviews for Changeling
In a movie "based on" a true story, if the drama doesn't have a ring of authenticity, it can seem even more suspect than fiction, especially if the source material is distant and obscure: it makes you wonder what really happened.
Eastwood's latest confirms its director as the dean of American melodramatists and as an accomplished yet unadventurous artist as uncomfortable with ambiguity as his admirers appear to be.
Angelina Jolie evokes every parent's worst nightmare, and provides a career defining performance while doing so.
Rich in authentic-looking period detail and punctuated with powerful acting, Eastwood's tale holds you in its firm, grim grip.
What we're left with is a straightforward sob story; a haunting, matter-of-fact depiction of cruel injustice that couldn't fail to touch a nerve in any context.
Audience Reviews for Changeling
Eastwood's firm direction and Angelina Jolie's powerful performance help make this a gripping film that is as tough to watch as it is definitely rewarding, and it features a fabulous production design and cinematography as well.
Enjoyable, historical drama. Not my favorite, but not bad either.
Changeling is the true story of a young mother in 1920s America whose son goes missing, but when the wrong boy is returned to her she is persecuted by a corrupt police force trying to avoid public embarrassment. Another beautifully crafted and intelligent drama from Clint Eastwood, Changeling is quite an unbelievable story. It highlights the dreadful, uncaring hypocrisy of corrupt officials, the appalling treatment of the mentally ill of the time, not to mention those "hysterical" women who were committed to avoid embarrassment or inconvenience. The period is meticulously recreated and the plot combines the story of a woman unshakably seeking justice against enormous odds and the investigation into a harrowing serial killer case. The cast are all of course quality, apart from the fact that although she turns in in quite a creditable performance, you can never quite forget you are in the presence of Her Jolieness rather than witnessing actual events. The result is leagues ahead of the hand wringing melodrama that missing child stories usually entail and serves both as an intriguing mystery and cautionary tale about human indifference to the suffering of others.
|Christine Collins:||Never start a fight... but always finish it|
|Capt. J.J. Jones:||Departmental policy is what I say it is.|
|Carol Dexter:||Once they get us in here, we either shut up and learn to behave or we don't go home.|
|Christine Collins:||I used to tell Walter "Never start a fight... but always finish it." I didn't start this fight... but by God, I'm gonna finish it.|
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