Changeling - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Changeling Reviews

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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
April 7, 2015
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.
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.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
March 7, 2014
Angelina Jolie evokes every parent's worst nightmare, and provides a career defining performance while doing so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 28, 2011
Rich in authentic-looking period detail and punctuated with powerful acting, Eastwood's tale holds you in its firm, grim grip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
David N. Butterworth
May 17, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Scott
September 4, 2009
It's a gripping tale, as infuriating as it is jaw-dropping at times, but it also becomes a frustratingly sprawling one here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Dreary, Oscar-or-die vehicle
Anders Wotzke
August 1, 2009
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
Maitland McDonagh
Miss FlickChick
March 2, 2009
It's a strangely arid piece of filmmaking, handsome, respectful, unsensational and thoroughly lifeless.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 1, 2009
Angelina delivers a fearless performance in a film that is far from conventional, but oh so lovely to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
February 16, 2009
The film ... becomes more of an examination of ... the misogynistic contrivances movie heroines have consistently been put through for audience entertainment.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 13, 2009
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
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
February 13, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
February 13, 2009
Every element, including the photography, the production design, and Eastwood's own plaintive music score, seems close to perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
February 6, 2009
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.
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
February 5, 2009
This is an Oscar-calibre performance from Angelina Jolie. She conveys a sense of grief, desperation, fear, sadness and determination that is absolutely palpable.
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
February 5, 2009
A deftly handled tale about one woman's quiet and determined struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
February 5, 2009
Eastwood is a director made for melodrama and this one proves a lot juicier than Gran Torino, with its dry, dogged sense of righteousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
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