Movie Reviews: Changeling
Clint Eastwood's Changeling has drawn some of the strongest early reviews yet at the Cannes Film Festival. (Critics were unsure what the actual title was. The festival said on Tuesday that it had received a written notice from the studio that the title had been changed to The Exchange , aligning it with the French title, L'Échange. But at a news conference Eastwood implied that he had not agreed to a such a change, and the daily festival program, after revising the title on Tuesday changed it back to The Changeling today.) Geoffrey MacNab in the London Independent called the film a "magisterial piece of work." While predicting that the movie won't become a big box-office success for Eastwood, he concluded that "in its unfussy craftsmanship and emotional punch, it shows him still at the peak of his powers." Writing for the British trade publication Screen Daily, Mike Goodridge predicted that the movie will "go all the way from the Palais to the Academy Awards." Several critics attending the screening came away forecasting an Oscar nomination not only for Eastwood but also for the film's star, Angelina Jolie. "She is the entire, anxious point of Eastwood's film," wrote James Christopher in the London Times, "and absolutely terrific." Todd McCarthy in Daily Variety called her performance "top notch." And Kurt Honeycutt wrote in the Hollywood Reporter, "Jolie puts on a powerful emotional display."