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