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Changeling Reviews

Wally Hammond
Time Out
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It's a tough movie but also rewarding and inspiring: something of a quiet triumph.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/6

November 28, 2008
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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Eastwood, who has made fine movies in recent years, has got hold of a humdinger of a story. But he's too detached and lazy here.

Full Review Source: Film.com

November 10, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Clint Eastwood's Changeling falls into a common trap: by trying to do too much, it accomplishes too little.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 31, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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This is one movie where the star really is the star. And delivers a performance of which any actress can be truly proud.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

October 31, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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If Changeling lacks the knockout power of, say, Million Dollar Baby, it proves that Eastwood continues to seek out stories that take him places he hasn't been before -- and the audience along with him.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

October 31, 2008
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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It is a misfire, a silly and borderline absurd story that cannot excuse its twists and turns with the simple 'a true story' declaration that opens the film.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

October 31, 2008
Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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How could a story as genuinely bizarre as this one seem so generic and rambling on the screen?

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C

October 30, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Changeling is a brilliant, demanding film, a mystery-cum-character study about which we finally have to make up our own minds.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 30, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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With its many tonal shifts and dangling subplots, J. Michael Straczynski's sprawling script is a problem. Jolie's performance is another.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 30, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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If the film is too long and a little unwieldy in its later acts, the consummate craftsman in Eastwood glosses over that with detail and righteous rage.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Changeling is a fine-enough movie. It's just that it's aware of the fact, and neither Eastwood nor Jolie ever lets the audience forget it.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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This hothouse Changeling is freeze-dried.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

October 28, 2008
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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When it works best, Changeling is a feverish and bluntly effective parable of wronged innocence.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 24, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Eastwood, working from a script by J. Michael Straczynski, tells a painful true story neatly and well, with one foot in rousing Hollywood melodrama and the other in a story that resists tidy resolution.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 24, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 24, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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While the neo-Gothic tale is inherently intriguing, the film should inspire strong emotion, but deliberate pacing and a contained sense of melodrama make it a surprisingly passive experience.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 24, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Changeling reminds us that the veneer of civilization is thin and made of quicksilver.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 24, 2008
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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To see this film is to understand both how fragile and how essential our hopes for decency and truth are in a world that must be made to care about either one.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 24, 2008
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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[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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

October 24, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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The line between drama and melodrama is a fine one, and Clint Eastwood steps on both sides of it in his elegantly sad new film, Changeling.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 24, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Clint Eastwood is in the midst of one of cinema's most notable late growth spurts.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

October 24, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Normally, Jolie is an actress capable of both intensity and subtlety, but her performance here is too amped up to register as anything more than a star turn. Did nobody notice that the real Angelina had been snatched?

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 24, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Changeling is another remarkable addition to Eastwood's directorial canon.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 24, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The script is compelling, the direction confident, the production values professional. But it does not, in the end, feel real.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

October 24, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Heavy-lifting, indeed. And, although Eastwood directs the narrative excess with his usual restraint, this time the results are mixed.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 24, 2008
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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Changeling may be the most beautiful horror film ever made; it may also be the most boring.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

October 24, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This incredible but true story marks the first time Eastwood's signature themes have found expression in a woman's experience, and the absence of any distracting machismo only heightens his sense of helpless rage.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 24, 2008
David Germain
Associated Press
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It all just seems like window-dressing for Jolie's best-actress clip at the Oscars.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

October 24, 2008
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Eastwood overcompensates for the movie's meandering with a succession of hysterics -- from men, women, and children.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

October 24, 2008
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Where much of Changeling works at once as a compelling mystery and an agonizing human drama, it starts to drift in a series of final scenes that finish the story while losing all sense of urgency.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

October 23, 2008
Dana Stevens
Slate
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The Changeling doesn't invite the viewer to share in its heroine's disorientation, rage, and grief. Rather, it keeps us at a stately remove, presenting Christine's suffering as a kind of religious tableau.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 23, 2008
John Anderson
Newsday
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A film lacking in dramatic propulsion and actorly grace from Clint Eastwood, a director usually synonymous with both.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

October 23, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It has not a single unnecessary stylistic flourish. No contrived dramatics. No shocking stunts.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 23, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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A mesmerizing film that burns in the memory.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 23, 2008
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 23, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The oldfangled deliberateness of Eastwood's style has backfired this time, only adding to the sense that though you may not have heard this particular story before, you already know everything that's coming.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

October 22, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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For a director who knows how to balance histrionics with a lack of sentimentality (see Mystic River), Eastwood is unable to modulate tone or performances here.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

October 22, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Changeling is the real deal, as good as any film [Eastwood] has ever made, and 10 times more electrifying than most. It grabs you by the throat and never lets go.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 22, 2008
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Mr. Eastwood, particularly, with his finely honed noirish instincts, should have sprinted more and cantered less.

October 22, 2008
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Image trumps performance.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 22, 2008
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Eastwood tells his haunting, sorrowful saga with such a sure, steady hand, only a very hardened cynic could fail to be moved.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

October 20, 2008
David Denby
New Yorker
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Changeling is beautifully wrought, but it has the abiding fault of righteously indignant filmmaking.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 20, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The way Eastwood shoves Jolie's suffering in our face is like a threat to the Academy: 'And the Oscar WILL go to ... ' She's a great actress. She doesn't need his domineering chivalry.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 20, 2008
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Clint Eastwood again brilliantly portrays the struggle of the outsider against a fraudulent system.

October 14, 2008
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Emotionally powerful and stylistically sure-handed.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 14, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Despite Ms. Jolie's hard work and Mr. Eastwood's scrupulous attention, [Jolie's] difficult, fairly one-dimensional character fails to take hold.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 21, 2008
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