Changeling Reviews

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Bruce Bennett
Stop Smiling
April 7, 2015
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.
October 30, 2008
It's hard to imagine anyone liking this meandering, boring and ultimately undercooked mess of a movie without doing some serious contortions to apologize for Clint
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 31, 2008
Clint Eastwood's Changeling falls into a common trap: by trying to do too much, it accomplishes too little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 23, 2008
Biblically classical, tastefully vintage with aerial shots of wet umbrellas and Homburg hats and not a little staid considering its sensational source material, Changeling isn't so much dull as it is an open book.
October 20, 2008
Audiences will be forgiven for reaching for their coats and then putting them down again over and over; everytime you think this tune is done, there's another 38 bottles of beer on the wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 24, 2008
Connections are missing or scrambled between the filmmaking and the period, between the co-stars, Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich, and between the characters they play.
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
October 31, 2008
As relentless as a steam iron searing a crease into a dress shirt.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
October 17, 2008
If Changeling develops any sort of pop-culture currency, one could foresee a drinking game in which college students take a shot every time Ms. Jolie shrieks, "HE'S NOT MY SON!"
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
Dreary, Oscar-or-die vehicle
James Rocchi
Cinematical
October 14, 2008
The story of what happened to Christine Collins is fascinating, and there are so many ways a director could have gone with it instead of just giving us a Lifetime movie draped in expensive period production values.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
October 20, 2008
Suffers from its lack of focus by trying to create an overly complex story that would probably have been just as interesting if it were kept simpler ... and shorter.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 31, 2008
Eastwood loses control of the last half of the movie because he has no interest in the specifics of the mystery and because his view of police corruption is confusing at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog
October 6, 2008
We drink every time Angelina hysterically proclaims, "He's not my son!" We get very drunk, and this may be why we can't figure out why Clint Eastwood made a cheap-looking Lifetime movie that eventually turns into an "And justice for all!" episode of SVU.
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 31, 2008
Changeling is little more than a frustrating missed opportunity that's dressed to the nines, but a day late for the party.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
October 31, 2008
Changeling is a pretty good Lifetime Original Movie. But it's a far cry from Clint Eastwood's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
October 2, 2008
A dressed-up period piece with nowhere to go, a cipher masquerading as a heartfelt piece of work.
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
October 24, 2008
[I]t is not enough to declare such improbable material historically accurate and leave it at that. It is Eastwood's burden to make it feel true... and in this, Changeling is a singular failure.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 6, 2008
There are three or four movies competing for attention within Changeling, and unfortunately for Clint Eastwood, they're all equally dreadful melodramatic drivel.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
November 2, 2008
A patently preposterous 'true story' strictly for the very gullible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
October 30, 2008
How could a story as genuinely bizarre as this one seem so generic and rambling on the screen?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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