After her son is kidnapped and later found, a woman (Angelina Jolie) insists that the boy who was returned to her is not her child.
" Changeling is a brilliant, demanding film, a mystery-cum-character study about which we finally have to make up our own minds. "
" 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. "
" Changeling reminds us that the veneer of civilization is thin and made of quicksilver. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" It's a tough movie but also rewarding and inspiring: something of a quiet triumph. "
" 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. "
" This hothouse Changeling is freeze-dried. "
" This is one movie where the star really is the star. And delivers a performance of which any actress can be truly proud. "
" 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. "
" [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. "
" Clint Eastwood's Changeling falls into a common trap: by trying to do too much, it accomplishes too little. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" How could a story as genuinely bizarre as this one seem so generic and rambling on the screen? "
" 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. "
" When it works best, Changeling is a feverish and bluntly effective parable of wronged innocence. "
" 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. "
" With its many tonal shifts and dangling subplots, J. Michael Straczynski's sprawling script is a problem. Jolie's performance is another. "
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