Changeling

Changeling

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Changeling

One Saturday in prohibition-era Los Angeles, a woman's nine-year-old son is kidnapped. Months later, amidst a tsunami of press interest, the cops triumphantly bring her a boy they claim is her missing child. But it's not really him. In trying to uncover the truth of what's going on, the woman is ridiculed, labelled as delusional and thrown into an asylum. Only a local crusading pastor is willing to help her fight to expose the LAPD's lies and corruption.

It's another tumultuous Oscar-botherer from director Clint Eastwood, with Angelina Jolie unleashing the tears as Christine Collins, the vilified mom in search of her boy, and John Malkovich as her ally Reverend Briegleb. Shockingly enough, it's a true story.

2008Rating: R16, contains violence and content that may disturb140 minsUSA
CrimeDramaMysteryTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Clint Eastwood ('Unforgiven', 'The Bridges of Madison County', 'Mystic River', 'Million Dollar Baby', 'Flags of our Fathers')
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski
Cast:
Angelina JolieJohn MalkovichJeffrey DonovanMichael KellyAmy Ryan
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Variety

Variety

press

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.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
Salon

Salon

press

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

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

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Film Threat

Film Threat

press

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

4.0
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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

5.0
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4 star drama

Really well told story of amazing proportions. Changling would be 5 stars if we had seen more of the awesome john malkovich and less of stereotype steve (the psychopath)

4.0
0

The Jolie lead/Eastwood direction on a fact based story proves brilliant.

This time I have a disagreement with the Flicks reviewer. For me the time flew, the "plodding police dramas" was not that but in fact set and reinforced the desire to see the some right come out of the wrong. Worth at least a 4.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
Salon

Salon

press

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

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

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

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

5.0
0

4 star drama

Really well told story of amazing proportions. Changling would be 5 stars if we had seen more of the awesome john malkovich and less of stereotype steve (the psychopath)

4.0
0

The Jolie lead/Eastwood direction on a fact based story proves brilliant.

This time I have a disagreement with the Flicks reviewer. For me the time flew, the "plodding police dramas" was not that but in fact set and reinforced the desire to see the some right come out of the wrong. Worth at least a 4.

4.0
0