Changeling (2008)

Inspired by actual events that occurred in 1920s-era Los Angeles, Clint Eastwood's The Changeling tells the story of a woman driven to confront a corrupted LAPD after her abducted son is retrieved and she begins to suspect that the boy… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 24, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beautifully shot and well-acted, Changeling is a compelling story that unfortunately gives in to convention too often.

Wally Hammond
Time Out

It's a tough movie but also rewarding and inspiring: something of a quiet triumph.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

This is one movie where the star really is the star. And delivers a performance of which any actress can be truly proud.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Angelina's performance was powerful and at times agonizing.

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Jonathan F. Richards

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

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.

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James Berardinelli

Clint Eastwood's Changeling falls into a common trap: by trying to do too much, it accomplishes too little.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

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.

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Bruce Bennett
Stop Smiling

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Eastwood's firm direction and Angelina Jolie's powerful performance help make this a gripping film that is as tough to watch as it is definitely… More
Film Crazy
WOW Clint Eastwood is fantastic, as usual Eastwood directs another fantastic movie and its brilliant, If you liked Million Dollar Baby, Gran Tourino, Blood work… More
Christian C
Enjoyable, historical drama. Not my favorite, but not bad either.
Albert Kim
Great movie with astounding performances and direction, this movie starts to lose its drive near the 3rd act. Not only that, but this movie also falls into the… More
xGary Xx
Changeling is the true story of a young mother in 1920s America whose son goes missing, but when the wrong boy is returned to her she is persecuted by a corrupt… More
paul oh
Its really good. Its heart churning and different. Jolie's acting helps blend Eastwood's directing to create a story that is memorable after the end.