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Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.

Actors: John Malkovich , Jeffrey Donovan , Angelina Jolie , Michael Kelly , Colm Feore , Frank Wood , Michelle Gunn , Gattlin Griffith , Amy Ryan , Geoff Pierson
Directors: Clint Eastwood
Country: USA
Release: 2008-10-31
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  • Mick LaSalle

    A disturbing film about grim subject matter, but the overall experience is more exhilarating than saddening. There's just something satisfying about seeing a movie so well made.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Damon Wise

    A compelling, adult period thriller, with an Oscar-assured performance from Angelina Jolie.

    Empire Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Emotionally powerful and stylistically sure-handed, this true story-inspired drama begins small with the disappearance of a young boy, only to gradually fan out to become a comprehensive critique of the entire power structure of Los Angeles, circa 1928.

    Variety Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Changeling doesn't care if you love it or hate it, it makes no compromises to fashion and it's charged with that unmistakable assurance of a master filmmaker at his creative peak.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    In Changeling Eastwood continues to probe uncomfortable subjects to depict the individual and even existential struggle to do what is right.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Ansen

    Eastwood tells his haunting, sorrowful saga with such a sure, steady hand, only a very hardened cynic could fail to be moved.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    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 at the perpetual anguish of victims' families.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Jolie is inspired casting. She plays the role like a gathering storm, moving from terror to a fierce resolve. And Eastwood, at the peak of his artful powers, tightens the screws of suspense without ever forgetting where the heart of his film lies.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Jolie, Malkovich and Geoff Pierson, as a lawyer who takes Collins' case before the Police Board, are very good at what they do very well. The film's most riveting performance is by Jason Butler Harner as the murderous Gordon Northcott.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Another remarkable addition to Eastwood's directorial canon.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Changeling is an almost universally impressive all-around effort, and is the best "dirty underbelly of Los Angeles" movie since "L.A. Confidential."

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    In other hands, these clashes of good and evil might have seemed ordinary, but Eastwood makes Changeling a hard story to shake off. 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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Changeling fundamentally works; it holds you. But these issues of texture and detail matter too, and they hold clues as to why Eastwood's latest is a good, solid achievement rather than a great, grieving one.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The movie has an epic sweep but an intimate, personal feel. 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.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Eastwood creates a tone that's at once stately and unsettling, allowing a lot of breathing room for Jolie's sad, unyielding performance. She anchors a film that needs an anchor the further it goes along.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    In its purposeful accumulation of depravities, both individual and institutional, the director's non-style has an honorable payoff that's rare in modern Hollywood cinema: the story's weight could come close to burying you in despair.

    Time Full Review
  • David Denby

    Changeling is beautifully wrought, but it has the abiding fault of righteously indignant filmmaking: it congratulates us for feeling what we already feel.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Eastwood gets all noirish for us but, like Jolie's performance, there's a rote quality to it all. Even the mournful little ditties that Eastwood composed for the soundtrack seem canned.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    While components of Eastwood's film are excellent, in particular Kelly's quietly tenacious performance and the evocative period details, Changeling is a film of parts, not a unified whole.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Jason Buchanan

    Perhaps with a few more drafts, the filmmakers could have found a means of maintaining the quiet momentum displayed early on, but as it stands, Changeling is little more than a frustrating missed opportunity that's dressed to the nines, but a day late for the party.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    While Straczynski should be commended for remaining reasonably true to the historical record, this results in an open-ended conclusion that isn't entirely satisfying.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    No matter how strange it gets, or how distorted for political gain or refined for religious purposes, its essence is hard to pin down, even after a 2 1/2 -hour search.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    The script is compelling, the direction confident, the production values professional. But it does not, in the end, feel real.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    All of Eastwood's rigorous craftsmanship seems wasted on a movie whose message never rises above the bumper-sticker admonition that "mean people suck."

    Slate Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    As Changeling strains toward its mawkishly optimistic conclusion, the old-fashioned moviemaking that Eastwood settled into doesn't suit either him or his star. It feels like a corny joke.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    The result is a film that plays like a creaking melodrama, with good guys and bad guys and precious little in between.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Eastwood's grim handling of even grimmer subject matter could have used some paring down toward its histrionic ending, but Changeling is still one of the director's most assured and engaging historical horror shows.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The trouble with Changeling is that it plays less like reality than like a bare-bones, moralistic rehash of other, better movies, such as "L.A. Confidential" or "Frances."

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    An extremely weird and frustrating viewing experience. I think it's that way because Eastwood, 78, can't be bothered to wrangle the vast material into a tighter shape.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Burdened by a convoluted script and an ensemble-proof leading lady, the director fails to illuminate a particular corrupt system.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    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.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The truth about the case of Christine Collins is so shocking and dramatic that embellishment must have seemed pointless, but in sticking so close to the historical record, Mr. Straczynski and Mr. Eastwood have produced a distended, awkward narrative whose strongest themes are lost in the murky pomp of period detail.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Despite a mysterious title, Changeling isn't a mystery. It is, occasionally, agony.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    A glum, listless affair that springs to life now and then, only to sag back into its saggy, depressive cushion. Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    A brazen title card declares this " true story." (Wow, not even "based on.") However many facts may be accurate, the movie feels contrived, with climax piled upon climax.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    It would be a horrific story even if underplayed, but Eastwood shoots it like a horror movie.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    J. Michael Straczynski's disjointed script manages to ring false at almost every significant turn (Collins' psychiatric-hospital stay has grown into a latter-day version of "The Snake Pit") and Clint Eastwood's ponderous direction -- a disheartening departure from his sure touch in "Letters From Iwo Jima" and "The Bridges of Madison County" -- magnifies the flaws.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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