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2008 1.9/5 IMDb 7.8/10 (199k) R SuperHD 141 minutes

When her kidnapped son is brought home, a mother suspects that the boy isn't her child, so the police captain has her committed to an asylum.

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Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Michael Kelly, Colm Feore, Jason Butler Harner, Amy Ryan, Geoff Pierson, Denis O'Hare, Gattlin Griffith, Devon Conti, Frank Wood Directed by Clint Eastwood

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  • Nominee, Baftas - Best Actress nominee 2009 Angelina Jolie
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Actress nominee 2009 Angelina Jolie
  • Nominee, Golden Globe Awards - Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee 2009 Angelina Jolie
  • Nominee, Baftas - Best Direction nominee 2009 Clint Eastwood
NYT Review: A Boy Gone, a Mother Scorned

When it works best, “Changeling” is a feverish and bluntly effective parable of wronged innocence. — A. O. Scott Read the review

Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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

Wally Hammond, Time Out, 2008-11-28


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

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2008-10-31


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.

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2008-10-31


Changeling is a brilliant, demanding film, a mystery-cum-character study about which we finally have to make up our own minds.

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2008-10-30


If the film is too long and a little unwieldy in its later acts, the consummate craftsman in Eastwood glosses over that with detail and righteous rage.

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 2008-10-30


Changeling is a fine-enough movie. It's just that it's aware of the fact, and neither Eastwood nor Jolie ever lets the audience forget it.

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2008-10-30


This hothouse Changeling is freeze-dried.

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2008-10-28


Eastwood, working from a script by J. Michael Straczynski, tells a painful true story neatly and well, with one foot in rousing Hollywood melodrama and the other in a story that resists tidy resolution.

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2008-10-24


Changeling reminds us that the veneer of civilization is thin and made of quicksilver.

Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2008-10-24


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.

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2008-10-24


The line between drama and melodrama is a fine one, and Clint Eastwood steps on both sides of it in his elegantly sad new film, Changeling.

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2008-10-24


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.

Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com, 2008-11-10


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

James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2008-10-31


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.

Adam Graham, Detroit News, 2008-10-31


How could a story as genuinely bizarre as this one seem so generic and rambling on the screen?

Eric D. Snider, Film.com, 2008-10-30


With its many tonal shifts and dangling subplots, J. Michael Straczynski's sprawling script is a problem. Jolie's performance is another.

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2008-10-30


When it works best, Changeling is a feverish and bluntly effective parable of wronged innocence.

A.O. Scott, New York Times, 2008-10-24


Connections are missing or scrambled between the filmmaking and the period, between the co-stars, Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich, and between the characters they play.

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2008-10-24


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.

Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2008-10-24


[I]t is not enough to declare such improbable material historically accurate and leave it at that. It is Eastwood's burden to make it feel true... and in this, Changeling is a singular failure.

Christopher Orr, The New Republic, 2008-10-24