Angelina Jolie evokes every parent's worst nightmare, and provides a career defining performance while doing so.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich in authentic-looking period detail and punctuated with powerful acting, Eastwood's tale holds you in its firm, grim grip.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's a gripping tale, as infuriating as it is jaw-dropping at times, but it also becomes a frustratingly sprawling one here.
Dreary, Oscar-or-die vehicle
A long cry from her typically one-dimensional heroine roles in films such as Wanted and Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie proves she is more than just a gun-wielding sex symbol.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's a strangely arid piece of filmmaking, handsome, respectful, unsensational and thoroughly lifeless.
Angelina delivers a fearless performance in a film that is far from conventional, but oh so lovely to look at.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The film ... becomes more of an examination of ... the misogynistic contrivances movie heroines have consistently been put through for audience entertainment.
The story's impact is reduced by the filmmakers' decision to make everyone who is part of 'the system' not just complicit in the conspiracy, but also lacking humanity.
| Original Score: 72/100
There are moments when it seems as if it wants to be an inspirational story about a person who refuses to be beaten by a corrupt system -- but it doesn't, in the end, settle for the uplifting narrative.
Every element, including the photography, the production design, and Eastwood's own plaintive music score, seems close to perfection.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Changeling will engage both your fears and compassion, I have no doubt. And it will stay with you long after vou have left the cinema.
This is an Oscar-calibre performance from Angelina Jolie. She conveys a sense of grief, desperation, fear, sadness and determination that is absolutely palpable.
A deftly handled tale about one woman's quiet and determined struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.
Eastwood is a director made for melodrama and this one proves a lot juicier than Gran Torino, with its dry, dogged sense of righteousness.
Clint Eastwood is a vital force of nature. Born May 31, 1930, the unflappable 78-year old director is still creating powerful, unique movies. Changeling is remarkable evidence of that.
| Original Score: 3.0/5
Set this film alongside Gran Torino and it's evident that Eastwood is the most impressive classical director working in US cinema today.
Stranger than fiction %u2026. and more powerful for it