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The Changeover Reviews

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February 22, 2019
The Changeover might have an unnerving and memorable performance by English actor Timothy Spall, but it lacks the narrative horror chops to push the storytelling into a dimension that is truly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 22, 2019
Beneath its familiar genre trappings, this fantasy succeeds mostly because it takes a character-driven approach rather than relying solely on teenage angst or supernatural mumbo-jumbo.
February 22, 2019
Subtle enough to draw in adult fans of dark fantasy, but relatable enough to appeal to young adult audiences, The Changeover is another in a long line of quality genre films from New Zealand.
February 21, 2019
Unfortunately, the story, which involves all sorts of distracting schemes and spells and even time travel, gets in the way of the movie actually being about [the main character]...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 21, 2019
Other films have demonstrated [Spall's] ability to exude malice, but none has put his smarmy, sinister side to better, more unsettling use.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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February 21, 2019
The Changeover is one of those supernatural thrillers where the rules are both abstract and arbitrary, rendering Laura's internal struggle as dull predestination rather than an act of intention and will.
February 21, 2019
[A]n astute adaptation, balancing magical arcana with everyday adolescent turmoil.
February 21, 2019
Uniformly solid performances and artful camera/sound work make the film hard to dismiss out of hand, but the script doesn't sell its hokum as effectively as more mainstream supernatural soap operas.
February 21, 2019
In its own modest way, this is a perfect genre film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 21, 2019
Thanks to fine performances and a narrative that doesn't hang about to admire itself, the movie goes down as easily as a love potion at a coven.
February 20, 2019
Refreshing emphasis on mood, setting, and acting to pave the way for familiar elements of teen fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 20, 2019
The Changeover is a bland adventure that feels like a missed opportunity.
February 19, 2019
Erana James is a star in the making while Timothy Spall is delightful as a throwback baddie.
February 17, 2019
If, in the end, the film's narrative fails to cohere, the journey getting there is at least enjoyably swift-paced.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 16, 2019
Timothy Spall? When he bugs his eyes out and grins that viperous, British-dentistry grin, you know its time to hide the kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 7, 2018
The tension is kept high throughout and James makes an impressive debut while Spall gives a nightmare-inducing performance as the sinister Carmody Braque.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2018
This is an old story which has appealed to young readers in Australia and New Zealand for many decades, retold here with an urgency and poignancy of immediate relevance to viewers all over the world.
August 23, 2018
It's not as dynamic as the bond between siblings, but it does offer a gothic-fantasy love element that will keep tween girls engaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 17, 2018
Despite a low budget, McKenzie and co-director Miranda Harcourt have managed to produce a film that looks terrific, if rather subdued and grey, and the performances across the board are excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 4, 2017
With top-notch sound design, music well-chosen for a teen audience and, most importantly, really sharp acting from all involved, The Changeover is a worthy addition to the cinematic YA genre which can proudly boast a local edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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