Changeling (2008)



Critic Consensus: Beautifully shot and well-acted, Changeling is a compelling story that unfortunately gives in to convention too often.

Movie Info

Inspired by actual events that occurred in 1920s-era Los Angeles, Clint Eastwood's The Changeling tells the story of a woman driven to confront a corrupted LAPD after her abducted son is retrieved and she begins to suspect that the boy returned to her is not the same boy she gave birth to. The year was 1928, and the setting a working-class suburb of Los Angeles. As Christine (Angelina Jolie) said goodbye to her son, Walter, and departed for work, she never anticipated that this was the day her … More

Rating: R (for some violent and disturbing content, and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: J. Michael Straczynski, Joe Michael Straczynski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 2009
Box Office: $35.7M
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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 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

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (46)

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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2015
Maclean's Magazine

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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2015
Stop Smiling

Angelina Jolie evokes every parent's worst nightmare, and provides a career defining performance while doing so.

Full Review… | March 7, 2014
Matt's Movie Reviews

Rich in authentic-looking period detail and punctuated with powerful acting, Eastwood's tale holds you in its firm, grim grip.

Full Review… | September 28, 2011
American Profile

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.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Jolie is alternately distraught and outraged (in good ways) but Eastwood's film is an odd mix of genres that never quite settles into the one we want to watch.

Full Review… | May 17, 2011

Audience Reviews for Changeling


Enjoyable, historical drama. Not my favorite, but not bad either.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

WOW Clint Eastwood is fantastic, as usual Eastwood directs another fantastic movie and its brilliant, If you liked Million Dollar Baby, Gran Tourino, Blood work and any others of his directional films then you'll love this movie as much as i have.
Angelina Jolie needs to be recognized as well in this movie her and eastwood have made a brilliant time in this movie and she plays the part fantasticly making the part so convincing and her own.
This is an emotional and heartwarming , enlightening true story that touches the heart, and its actually hard to believe that this movie is a true story because of the police thinking that the life of a child isnt worth that much compared to the integrity of the force!!
As a True Story this movie is about a child vanishing but 5 months later apparently Jolie child is save and bought back to her but she is convinced he isnt her child this starts to unravel corruption , lies and sanity! Jolie will go to any lengths to find her child and no one will get in her way except the polie force . John Malkovich makes a brilliant supporting actor this movie is just completely worth a watch!

Film Crazy

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