The Changeling

Critics Consensus

George C. Scott's somber performance gives this haunted house horror a moving soul to go along with its harrowing scares.

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Movie Info

Composer John Russell (George C. Scott) is vacationing with his family when a car accident kills his wife and daughter. Distraught with grief, Russell leaves his home in New York City for a giant, secluded house near Seattle. Soon Russell starts to feel the presence of a ghost, a boy who drowned in the bathtub there. Russell seeks the assistance of Claire Norman (Trish Van Devere), who led him to the house initially, in uncovering the secrets of the boy's death.

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Critic Reviews for The Changeling

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (4)

  • The Changeling is a superior haunted house thriller.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • The leaps made by Scott's agile mind in identifying both victim and usurper leave logic and credence on the starting block.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • If it only took craftsmanship to make a haunted house movie, The Changeling would be a great one.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Scott, with all his gristle and growl, carries Medak's ambiance-driven with his usual swagger, and real-life wife Trish Van Devere plays a member of the historical society with keys to the mansion's past.

    May 29, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Peter Medak's modern yet old-fashioned gothic places a decent, damaged man between dynastic conspiracy and supernatural vendetta.

    July 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Chills and thrills, mounds of suspense, and a genuinely crafted atmosphere that makes you wonder what terror lies behind each corner inside the sprawling, ancient mansion.

    May 7, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Changeling

  • Mar 15, 2019
    If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to letterboxd.com/HankIsDead514. I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2016
    An engaging ghost story that deserves more credit for its twisty plot, uncomfortable atmosphere and Medak's refined direction than for being actually scary (even though it does have its creepy moments), and it boasts a very fine performance by George C. Scott.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2014
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  • Jul 28, 2013
    It's ending may loose the intimate focus that made the rest of the film so unnerving, but there is still a lot to like here. George C. Scott's performance enhances the emotional qualities of the story, and the POV shots are quite scary.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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