Clint Eastwood directs Oscar® winner Angelina Jolie and Oscar® nominee John Malkovich in an unforgettable true story about a mother’s missing son and her relentless quest for the truth.
Clint Eastwood directs Oscar® winner Angelina Jolie and Oscar® nominee John Malkovich in a riveting and unforgettable true story. Los Angeles, 1928. When single mother Christine Collins (Jolie) leaves for work, her son vanishes without a trace. Five months later, the police reunite mother and son; but he isn’t her boy. Driven by one woman’s relentless quest for the truth, the case exposes a world of corruption, captivates the public and changes LA forever. This emotionally gripping story illustrates the profound power of a mother’s love in “a mesmerizing film that burns in the memory” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).
Cast and crew
Angelina JolieChristine Collins
John MalkovichRev. Gustav Briegleb
Jeffrey DonovanCapt. J.J. Jones
Michael KellyDet. Lester Ybarra
Colm FeoreChief James E. Davis
Jason Butler HarnerGordon Northcott
Amy RyanCarol Dexter
Geoff PiersonS.S. Hahn
Denis O'HareDr. Jonathan Steele
Frank WoodBen Harris
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202 critic reviews
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11/28/2008 by Wally Hammond
It's a tough movie but also rewarding and inspiring: something of a quiet triumph.
11/10/2008 by 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.
10/31/2008 by James Berardinelli
Clint Eastwood's Changeling falls into a common trap: by trying to do too much, it accomplishes too little.
10/31/2008 by Stephen Whitty
This is one movie where the star really is the star. And delivers a performance of which any actress can be truly proud.
10/31/2008 by Rene Rodriguez
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.
10/31/2008 by Adam Graham
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.
10/30/2008 by Eric D. Snider
How could a story as genuinely bizarre as this one seem so generic and rambling on the screen?
Minneapolis Star Tribune
10/30/2008 by Colin Covert
Changeling is a brilliant, demanding film, a mystery-cum-character study about which we finally have to make up our own minds.
10/30/2008 by Carrie Rickey
With its many tonal shifts and dangling subplots, J. Michael Straczynski's sprawling script is a problem. Jolie's performance is another.
10/30/2008 by Roger Moore
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.
10/30/2008 by Bill Goodykoontz
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.
Christian Science Monitor
10/28/2008 by Peter Rainer
This hothouse Changeling is freeze-dried.
New York Times
10/24/2008 by A.O. Scott
When it works best, Changeling is a feverish and bluntly effective parable of wronged innocence.
10/24/2008 by Michael Phillips
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.
Wall Street Journal
10/24/2008 by Joe Morgenstern
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.
10/24/2008 by Claudia Puig
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.
10/24/2008 by Peter Howell
Changeling reminds us that the veneer of civilization is thin and made of quicksilver.
Los Angeles Times
10/24/2008 by Kenneth Turan
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.
The New Republic
10/24/2008 by Christopher Orr
[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.
10/24/2008 by Moira MacDonald
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.
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