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Changeling Reviews

November 28, 2008
It's a tough movie but also rewarding and inspiring: something of a quiet triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
November 10, 2008
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.
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
October 31, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
October 31, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 31, 2008
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 | Original Score: C-
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
October 30, 2008
Changeling is a brilliant, demanding film, a mystery-cum-character study about which we finally have to make up our own minds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 30, 2008
With its many tonal shifts and dangling subplots, J. Michael Straczynski's sprawling script is a problem. Jolie's performance is another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 30, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
October 30, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
October 28, 2008
This hothouse Changeling is freeze-dried.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 24, 2008
When it works best, Changeling is a feverish and bluntly effective parable of wronged innocence.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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.
October 24, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 24, 2008
Changeling reminds us that the veneer of civilization is thin and made of quicksilver.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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.
October 24, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2008
Clint Eastwood is in the midst of one of cinema's most notable late growth spurts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 24, 2008
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?
October 24, 2008
Changeling is another remarkable addition to Eastwood's directorial canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 24, 2008
The script is compelling, the direction confident, the production values professional. But it does not, in the end, feel real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 24, 2008
Heavy-lifting, indeed. And, although Eastwood directs the narrative excess with his usual restraint, this time the results are mixed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 24, 2008
Changeling may be the most beautiful horror film ever made; it may also be the most boring.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 24, 2008
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.
October 24, 2008
It all just seems like window-dressing for Jolie's best-actress clip at the Oscars.
October 24, 2008
Eastwood overcompensates for the movie's meandering with a succession of hysterics -- from men, women, and children.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 23, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 23, 2008
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.
October 23, 2008
A film lacking in dramatic propulsion and actorly grace from Clint Eastwood, a director usually synonymous with both.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 23, 2008
It has not a single unnecessary stylistic flourish. No contrived dramatics. No shocking stunts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 23, 2008
A mesmerizing film that burns in the memory.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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 22, 2008
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 | Original Score: C
October 22, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/6
October 22, 2008
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.
October 22, 2008
Mr. Eastwood, particularly, with his finely honed noirish instincts, should have sprinted more and cantered less.
October 22, 2008
Image trumps performance.
October 20, 2008
Eastwood tells his haunting, sorrowful saga with such a sure, steady hand, only a very hardened cynic could fail to be moved.
October 20, 2008
Changeling is beautifully wrought, but it has the abiding fault of righteously indignant filmmaking.
October 20, 2008
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.
October 14, 2008
Clint Eastwood again brilliantly portrays the struggle of the outsider against a fraudulent system.
October 14, 2008
Emotionally powerful and stylistically sure-handed.
May 21, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5