Changeling

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

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In 1928 Los Angeles, single mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) arrives home to find her son, Walter, gone. Five months later her prayers are answered when Walter is found in Illinois. But to Christine's horror, the boy who steps off the train is not her son. Authorities vehemently dispute Christine's claim, and her one ally is a clergyman (John Malkovich) who sees the case as his chance to expose corruption in the Los Angeles Police Department and government.

Cast & Crew

Angelina Jolie
Christine Collins
John Malkovich
Rev. Gustav Briegleb
Jeffrey Donovan
Capt. J.J. Jones
Michael Kelly
Det. Lester Ybarra
Colm Feore
Chief James E. Davis
Jason Butler Harner
Gordon Northcott
Amy Ryan
Carol Dexter
Denis O'Hare
Dr. Jonathan Steele
Frank Wood
Ben Harris
Tim Moore
Executive Producer
James Whitaker
Executive Producer
Tom Stern
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Joel Cox
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Critic Reviews for Changeling

All Critics (209) | Top Critics (52) | Fresh (129) | Rotten (80)

  • 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.

    February 13, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Eastwood is a director made for melodrama and this one proves a lot juicier than Gran Torino, with its dry, dogged sense of righteousness.

    February 5, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a tough movie but also rewarding and inspiring: something of a quiet triumph.

    November 28, 2008 | Rating: 5/6 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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  • Changeling, like Letters from Iwo Jima before it, is a mature, thoughtful and sometimes brutal movie that casts a cold eye on the past while sending shivers through the present.

    November 28, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • What a bold, virile, operatic piece of film-making from this 78-year-old director. He is now well into a remarkable late period, and I sense we ain't seen nothing yet.

    November 28, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Changeling fails because, despite its awful subject matter, it isn't very moving. Eastwood is too classical, too restrained a director to get inside his characters; they feel like well-costumed showroom dummies.

    November 28, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Changeling

  • Apr 13, 2015
    Jolie is good, but slightly over-the-top in her performance as Christine - a woman who's kidnapped son is replaced by a "changeling", someone the police force reassures her is her son, however bares little likeness whatsoever to her real child. Based on true events and with Eastwood at the helm, Changeling compells its audience from the beginning and has it's fair share of great moments, but the film's tone eventually begins to grate and the meandering story is often confusing.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2013
    Angelina Jolie tries her best to tell the story of Christine Collins and what happens to her is truly ghastly but somehow I think something is missing. I know that Eastwood can be brilliant behind the camera and miss the mark at others. Perhaps he and not Jolie is the one responsible for a less than convincing effort.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2012
    It's a tale of the discrimination and corruption of society and how a single mother tries her best to overcome it. Angelina Jolie along with Clint Eastwood should have won academy awards for their work in the film. I couldn't stop crying when I watched the film, it's very bittersweet and misogynistic. But all's not well, still ends well.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    Enjoyable, historical drama. Not my favorite, but not bad either.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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