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Changeling

2008
Drama
Crime
2h 21m
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Rated 20 Nov 2008
5
20th
Euch. Some films don't intrude and allow the audience to bring their own take and emotions to the table, but we get 'Changeling' delivered on a plate and are supposed to eat off of it. Ever since this came out, it's been pretty much downhill from here for Eastwood.
Rated 04 Nov 2008
97
90th
Whoa. Changeling excels in so many levels of filmmaking, the best it does this is the acting. Jolie and Malkovich are absolutely superb, and everything happening all feels so real. This is just a sorrowful, mind-bending true Drama that depicts the true events of a single mother trying to overcome her guilt, sadness and anger to save her son. One of the year's best.
Rated 03 Nov 2008
89
83rd
On every level, Changeling is superb. It excels at telling an extraordinary story that seems to be very unmentioned in modern American history, despite its relative shock-value by comparison to other murder stories. The acting, pacing, and direction are all fantastic. I think it is one of the year's best.
Rated 08 Nov 2008
95
99th
Amazing film!!! Clint really knows what he's doing and he gets better and better. This movie grabs you and doesn't let you go till the end. Also Angelina is brilliant in this one. For me the best movie of the year so far.
Rated 04 Nov 2008
100
95th
Excellent work from Mr. Eastwood -- *again*. That man really shows his titanium balls here, even more so than he did when he made a movie that dared to portray Imperial Japanese soldiers in a sympathetic light. Everything works.
Rated 07 Nov 2008
97
96th
GO! What more do you need to know besides Clint directed it, and Angelina stars? ...It becomes something you weren't expecting. And it's excellent from top to bottom. There isn't a single actor who isn't at their top form...
Rated 19 Nov 2008
92
96th
Eastwood manages many mixed feelings and emotions out of "Changeling," at once frustrating and head-scratching, others brutal, spine-tingling, and dread-filled - this is one massive experience. As an actors showcase, a murder mystery, and emotionally-driven rollercoaster, it's quite a storm of talent and suspense with many directions- all handled well. Mixed critics' reviews can take a leap - this is one of year's very best films. It's as moving as they get.
Rated 13 Jan 2009
87
97th
A wonderful performance by Angelina Jolie, this film is a roller coaster of emotions that grabs you from start to end. It was only a few hours after seeing Changeling that it struck me that the story was a bit far fetched from time to time... only to discover that all of it actually happened and that (sadly) truth beats fiction, once again. Clint Eastwood is hereby included in the small realm of the really great, for his directing... ánd his composing.
Rated 13 Nov 2008
88
71st
In the beginning, I wasn't sure how the film was going to depart from the generic feeling it was providing. But as I was slowly drawn into the mystery, corruption, sadness and, at times, terror of the story, it began to dawn on me that Eastwood has no limitations as a director. Or if he does, I can't find any. The man is golden, his talent propelling him further and further up my favorite directors list.
Rated 18 Nov 2008
86
95th
I am herewith convinced that Clint Eastwood is a much better director than he ever was an actor. I also have a new-found respect for Angelina Jolie and her acting abilities. The fact that this is based on a true story lends even more credibility to this very good movie.
Rated 10 Dec 2008
92
92nd
Fascinating & gripping true story that provides an always necessary reminder at how far human and bureaucratic corruption can go in the name of protecting itself.What Michael Clayton might have been had it been based on a true story instead of a work of fiction. If your goal is to do an expose on corruption, a real-life example is always best, otherwise, no matter how you slice it, the corruption IS imagined. Eastwood ensnares u in a mystery in the first 10 minutes & left wonderingtill the end.
Rated 09 Jan 2009
95
93rd
Eastwood proofed once more his outstanding talent behind the camera. He get's better and better.In my eyes Changeling is his best Movie. But I think Jolie wasn't the best choice.
Rated 18 Jan 2009
81
68th
Jolie wasn't totally convincing. She came close, but it wasn't 'IT'. Apart from that it's a very good film.
Rated 19 Jan 2009
19
15th
hollywood, yawn
Rated 25 Jan 2009
80
66th
A phantastic movie with a phantastic Angelina Jolie. It has some very strong pictures you'll remember for a long time. And the credits are beautifully presented.
Rated 08 Feb 2009
95
94th
awesome !!
Rated 21 Feb 2009
75
64th
Jolie is impeccable in a performance that channels the great, powerful actresses of yesterday like Bette Davis or Joan Crawford in this superbly shot Eastwood drama.
Rated 15 Apr 2009
85
88th
Clint Eastwood once again demonstrates its good phase with a solid film and well interpreted, involving the viewer from the outset in this intriguing story,.
Rated 24 Apr 2009
86
92nd
I hate to jump on the rave bandwagon, but damn this was a good movie, I thought it would be one of those "WE" movies that are unforgiveably depressing, with no entertainment quality, but apparently not. I was actually impressed on all fronts, Jeffrey Donovan, and John Malkovich in particular, but this movie was just exquisitely made.
Rated 18 May 2009
75
89th
Very good.
Rated 21 Feb 2021
75
69th
Much as I don't like Jolie as a person I can't deny she is a fine actress Granted I haven't seen many of her films but I think this has to be one of her best performances
Rated 29 Jul 2009
65
63rd
They really failed at convincing the audience that she believed it was her kid at the train station. From then on, I couldn't help but think about this throughout the rest of the film. A few scenes tried to buy our sympathy which was unnecessary, let the acting and story do that.
Rated 06 Oct 2009
84
77th
~HOPE~ Really, though, that ending was so cheesy that it completely ruins the impact of the film. The problem is that for much of the film it's about the struggle against authority and corruption and has some surprisingly powerful scenes, where the kidnapping is more a catalyst than the central strand. The majority of the film is very good, and then the ending turns that around. It feels unjustified and against the flow of what precedes it.
Rated 20 Oct 2009
80
81st
This is a good film overall, well directed, solid acting, Jolie is quite outstanding but it failed to touch me on an emotional basis somehow..
Rated 06 Nov 2009
77
81st
Clint Eastwood is the man again good movie.
Rated 17 Jun 2010
74
56th
Eastwood is now very used to giving audiences finely crafted films that don't seem to rise above "good." His direction is great in everything thing he does, but I wish he would push the envelope even a little. Changeling follows suit by giving us a fine narrative with some very good performances. Period.
Rated 15 Nov 2011
95
98th
Exhausting. The basic setup is good material for an emotionally-charged drama, but there are times where this is like the most terrifying horror film imaginable. The film played out in such a way that I didn't really know what would happen. The notes were familiar but the arrangement made it surprising. It's just too damn good, why doesn't it get more attention?
Rated 19 Dec 2011
79
77th
Angelina Jolie gives a strong lead performance in this film. The story remains interesting throughout the duration of the motion picture.
Rated 05 Jul 2012
80
90th
wont be so sad if it wasnt based on true events........how distressing
Rated 09 Nov 2008
77
33rd
Good, but overly conventional, aesthetic. Flat boring characters.
Rated 10 Jun 2024
76
64th
She didnt find him eventually. Sory friends
Rated 23 Jan 2009
60
50th
I've never liked Angelina Jolie, so for me to say that she's the strongest part of an Eastwood film should tell you just how disappointed I was. Everything is carefully planned and the cinematography is neat, but all the energy and the joy of filmmaking have been sucked out. Changeling is an hour too long, the whole serial killer part is uninteresting and unnecessary and Eastwood irritatingly leaves nothing up for interpretation, saying "this is how it went". Jolie will get an Oscar, no doubt.
Rated 26 Jan 2009
80
83rd
One of the most powerful performances of Jolie and the amazing direction of Eastwood's make this terrible story get into your heart and feel all the sorrow and anguish that Ms. Collins felt.
Rated 05 Feb 2009
65
52nd
Story is based on real events but it doesn't make it any less stupid. Actors are decent except for the kids who are just horrible. Eastwoods directing is solid as always.
Rated 05 Feb 2009
68
45th
Well directed and acted (except the children) and also beautifully shot, but the writer wasn't up to the task.
Rated 11 May 2024
25
2nd
As little as I liked this, Jason Butler Harner was incredible here and I still think about it.
Rated 26 Sep 2017
13
28th
8/6
Rated 11 Feb 2009
72
68th
Strong directing. Very good part by Angelina Jolie and several other actors. Author suppoused to sharpen his pen.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
75
74th
ah, thanks for bringing my child back.. huh wtf? who's this? OVERRATED!
Rated 22 Feb 2009
74
61st
So self-flattering that Jolie actually receives an Academy Award at the end of the movie! (That's not a spoiler at all, I promise). And by "end of the movie", I mean one of the ends of the movie because this movie just did not want to stop. A half hour could have easily been cut; and yet, Eastwood does such a damn good job at manipulating my emotions that I still enjoyed myself.
Rated 22 Feb 2009
80
78th
And this is what Angelina Jolie deserves an Oscar for. The person who wrote the score should be shot. Also, see this film for the most uncomfortable scene in a movie ever. You'll know the one when you see it.
Rated 24 Dec 2022
80
71st
I had watched Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino before this one and I think I am fan of his style. The piano laden background music which he himself composes. And just the whole way of picturization, story-telling and the dialogues. Anyway coming to the movie, Angelina Jolie may be in the news nowadays for all the wrong reasons but this movie shows she is a damn fine actor. The 30s setting of the movie was well done too. And the true story helps.
Rated 31 Jul 2016
50
18th
This was 50% frustration and 50% catharsis
Rated 29 Nov 2013
80
48th
Emotional and that
Rated 02 Mar 2009
65
53rd
Story so powerful is bound to grip your attention, and Jolie does indeed some acting here, although I wouldn't rave about it as some. Apart from her, all other characters lack depth and I couldn't find in the film anything exceeding solid, above-average performance.
Rated 02 Mar 2009
20
44th
Eastwood was due for a dud, and this stacks up as his flattest film, his stumpiest film, since _Blood Work_, bookending his hot streak of _Mystic River_, _Million Dollar Baby_, and the Second World War diptych, _Flags of Our Fathers_ and _Letters from Iwo Jima_. Time once again to take it easy.
Rated 04 Mar 2009
7
70th
Simple very good basically all around with Jolie as the obvious standout.
Rated 05 Mar 2009
95
72nd
Good film. Good acting. Director knows how well to pull the emotional strings.
Rated 09 Mar 2009
80
43rd
Roller skates and serial killing. CR shout out. The isolation and powerlessness of the mother were expertly portrayed. [Entry 4 Birthday CD Movie Crawl 02.23.2009]
Rated 17 Apr 2022
83
87th
Clint Eastwood, gerçek bir hikayeyi yine kendi muhteşem tarzıyla sinemaya aktarmış. İzlerken polisin, akıl hastanesindekilerin adiliğine sinirlenip filmi kapayası geliyor insanın. Karakter akıl hastanesinden çıktıktan sonra filmin sonuna kadar üzüntü, alttan alttan hafif bir umut duygusuyla ekrana bağlanıyorsunuz.
Rated 05 Jun 2016
2
21st
Certainly there are prospects here, but most of them are better fulfilled in other films like Serpico or L.A. Confidential. Changeling opts to push Justice and Persecution and Corruption and The Children and other big red buttons labeled "easy sympathy."
Rated 05 Oct 2013
80
64th
79.500
Rated 31 Mar 2009
77
69th
Jolie won me over as she goes against type playing a quiet and timid woman - she had me feeling so bad for her in this gripping and emotional story. However, I know this is a true story but a few things didn't make sense to me, and I didn't like the blunt presentation of the overly villainous and one-dimensional bad guys.
Rated 01 Apr 2009
90
87th
Very disturbing but very immersive. She did a great job.
Rated 02 Apr 2009
85
90th
Yet another great drama from Clint Eastwood.The directing was,as usual, perfect. Eastwood managed again getting great performance from everyone who stands in front of his camera.Angelina jolie was, to my suprise,actually good.John Malkovich was as a welcomed face which can lift a movie even with only his presence.You don't see a film constantly keeping the viewer tense while moving on with the story, building pressure for the drama and not relaying on action for more than 2 hours everytime.
Rated 12 Apr 2009
35
17th
Good directing etc. but the worlds prettiest lamp shader and kids are annoying. Also the story is way too long and full of crappy and unnecessary scenes.
Rated 08 Mar 2016
85
88th
With its straightly commercial style and naked attempts to simply freak the viewer out, lingering on the most visceral aspects of the story at the expense of pace and taste, it definitely crosses the line into "misery porn/murder porn" territory, but admittedly does so with skill, credibility, sincerity and meaning.
Rated 22 Sep 2013
82
83rd
natural acting
Rated 11 May 2009
85
80th
With a surprisingly disturbing plot, intriguing story line and a true story to hold it up, this film allows Jolie to flex her acting muscles, and she does so in abundance.
Rated 05 Jun 2009
73
83rd
Nice Movie
Rated 08 Jun 2009
56
9th
why angelina? why?
Rated 10 Jun 2009
83
90th
A good story and solid acting has convinced me and made me emotional shaked. Don't like Jolie but this role pleased me...
Rated 29 Jan 2017
9
29th
W3E1P1S0V1M1A1R1. Second half was a complete waste of time, when they could have dragged out the first half a few more minutes to make a feature-length, cohesive film without the added subplot. The movie also relies on an average kid actor we just met 4 minutes ago to deliver the turning point in a 9-minute monologue that took me completely out of the movie for good.
Rated 20 Aug 2013
70
57th
The great story took too long to unfold, especially for the first third of the movie. The rest was quite engaging. Acting by supporting characters, especially the children, left something to be desired.
Rated 27 Jul 2009
71
52nd
Changeling: 7 // 6 // 8 // 6 // 8 // 7 // 8
Rated 19 Aug 2009
87
85th
Clint Eastwood, this decade, has the best track record outside of Pixar. This story is more of a horror film than Play Misty For Me, and a truly (true) unbelievable nightmare. The setting establishes the tone admirably, and even bit and character players give commanding performances. Between the script and Eastwood's direction, there's no reason not to. This story is fueled with raw emotion, allowing everything to succeed.
Rated 22 Aug 2009
75
76th
Seriously classy, even if Jolie is out hunting for an Oscar. The last hour or so is particuarly moving and well directed, but perhaps it is occasionally a little too slick for its own good!
Rated 12 Sep 2009
76
72nd
Very good film with at the end a very touching moment. It has quite everything, beginning with a very strong and solid story. It's sometimes hard to just watch it when you know it's a true story. It made me so mad sometimes to see the way the LAPD handled everything. Great^performance of Alderson, but also Harner was remarcable. Eastwood made some good choices and another great film!
Rated 09 Dec 2009
80
80th
Fine drama, but there is something about Eastwoods way of directing, an almost stubborn refusal to rise above solid craftsmanship. There's hardly a scene in the movie, where Jolie doesn't cry, but she's well cast, and the themes of abuse of power and motherly love are satisfactorily treated.
Rated 18 Dec 2009
76
41st
Gritty, Emotional and intense, Jolie lights up the screen in this drama about a woman whos life is turned upside down when her son goes missing. A film that is worth viewing several times and will tear apart your heart strings. A great film, watch it, cry, watch it again, cry. You can never get enough of this film. It is beautiful in its own right.
Rated 23 Dec 2009
70
78th
Very good, classy, etc
Rated 02 Feb 2010
60
71st
This based-on-a-true-story period tale takes a while to get going, peaks in the middle, then falls away during the final third as it goes through the motions toward its inevitable conclusion. Good performances by all involved (particularly Jeffrey Donovan), it's just a shame the writing couldn't add a bit of spice to keep the tension up during and after the court scenes.
Rated 06 Feb 2010
81
69th
Another excellent creation from Eastwood, Changeling is a gut-wrenching and incredibly emotional film. The feelings of complete and utter helplessness almost make it difficult to watch at times as you feel the mothers intense pain and confusion. Jolie is very strong in perhaps her most challenging role to date, conveying incredible depths of anguish while maintaining an unwavering hope in her performance.
Rated 23 Apr 2020
82
87th
çok üzücü...
Rated 25 Feb 2015
90
92nd
Possibly my favorite film of 2008, that really should have been recognized at the Oscars that year. Heartbreaking, gloriously crafted by Clint Eastwood, with a very good Straczynski script and supporting cast. Also a great score. Really, it's just one of those movies where every disparate aspect of moviemaking comes together and makes a straight-up excellent product. I don't know why more people don't talk about this one.
Rated 20 Jul 2013
92
94th
The acting was impressive all around. The story line was broad which started to worry me at first but everything tied together so naturally. I went through a full range of emotions while watching this movie. The cinematography was amazing as well. I thought the story was relevant and could easily be related to current events.
Rated 06 Apr 2010
56
71st
Mistake - Jolie's tattoos are seen in one scene when we know that her character does not have tattoos from a previous scene.
Rated 06 Apr 2010
65
44th
Beautifully shot and well acted, but it does meander a fair amount.
Rated 12 Jul 2010
1
17th
The film's persevering effort to stick as close as possible to the real story eventually proves its downfall, as events develop without the dramatic ingenuity to make them truly interesting.
Rated 08 Aug 2010
80
77th
Heartbreaking and a brilliant performance from Jolie
Rated 11 Mar 2020
73
87th
Seen: 2.
Rated 01 Jul 2014
60
28th
The recreation of the '30s is superb. The acting varies in quality including some awful child acting as the film progresses. Unfortunately where as the beginning is kind of powerful, interesting and strong the ending left me feeling at least slightly apathetic. There are too many endings and whilst a film of a bigger scale can pull this off this film most definitely doesn't and loses alot of its power because of it.
Rated 12 May 2014
73
44th
It's well made, for the most part. Certainly very well acted. But when the story kind of splits in the second act, I think it was a real mistake to follow both parts of it equally. It made the film much darker than it needed to be, and took focus away from the most powerful part of it (her story, and the story of the other women). They needed to tell the other part, but could have been a lot more cursory about it.
Rated 21 Nov 2010
77
34th
Genuinely interesting real life story made somewhat plodding and overlong, surprising since unlike most true stories it arcs well and has a clear beginning and end. The focus on the mother seems to be done partially done to give Jolie the chance to do some ACTING! The atmosphere is a bit too quaint, deliberate, and typical of a period piece. Still it's a story worth telling, especially since if it wasn't real, the script would be derided as being unbelievable.
Rated 27 Dec 2010
1
0th
Changeling isn't just a mess of manipulative attitudes like a Spike Lee film, above all, it's an extremely unpleasant experience.
Rated 16 Jan 2011
80
55th
I really enjoyed this movie I thought the story was great and the ending was very satisfying
Rated 21 Feb 2011
70
69th
Flawless in terms of realisation and production, but something was missing. Ah right, it was a kid...ha, funny. Fuck you! So, anyway, I don't hate angelina, but i just couldn't build empathy towards her here. I just thought the whole situation was hilarious from the moment when they load off the wrong boy on her until the end. I guess that's not what clint was going for.
Rated 19 Apr 2011
6
48th
I hate it, but I love it. . .
Rated 10 Feb 2020
0
5th
I did not see this movie to have give it low score sorry
Rated 21 Jun 2014
50
27th
Need to revisit
Rated 19 Nov 2018
80
60th
Jolie's best performance!
Rated 22 Oct 2011
9
1st
I finally found a worse movie than Thor. And, ironically enough, it's by the same writer.
Rated 23 Jan 2012
30
38th
A well made film, and a strong political cometary on our still corrupt system.
Rated 14 May 2012
97
98th
Such a terrific and sad story of a mother's search for her missing son. Angelina Jolie, in a terrific performances, plays a character that is not the norm for her. She's quiet and meek, yet has power. This movie pulls at the heartstrings.
Rated 10 Nov 2019
98
85th
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Rated 02 Jun 2014
70
96th
Angelina Jolie looks perfect for a 1920s gal! Absolutely amazing casting there! The story is also one of those gripping ones based on a true story. However I did feel the details in the writing was lacking in parts relating to the crime, as well as the absurd stubbornness of the police refusing the acknowledge it's errors. Showing that the police had some self insight might have helped. But naturally it told the unbelievable uphill struggle Jolie had in finding out the truth about her son.
Rated 18 Oct 2012
57
64th
Interesting investigation of corrupt LA police, with a superb performance by Ms Jolie.
Rated 08 Nov 2012
70
41st
Feels like a great film struggling to break free of the shackles of melodrama. The scenes in the mental hospital are god-awful, and Jolie just cries and shouts the whole time. But Michael Kelly's portion is very nicely paced and performed, and his face makes me want to cry every time I see it. Harner gives a positively deranged performance.
Rated 30 Nov 2012
60
44th
All of Eastwood's rigorous craftsmanship seems wasted on a movie whose message never rises above the bumper-sticker admonition that "mean people suck."
Rated 05 Feb 2013
80
86th
With her superstar sex icon status it's easy to forget that Jolie is a still a damn good actor, and it's on show here. One of those stories that would be dismissed as unbelievable if it wasn't a true story. Eastwood proves again that he's a solid director, and this is one of the strongest and, at times, disturbing dramas I've seen in a while.

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