Parent reviews for Changeling

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Common Sense says

age 17+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 21 reviews

age 18+

Inappropriately disturbing and about 30 minutes too long

This film could have been well done, if about 30 minutes of running time was chopped off and there was more emphasis on the story and less emphasis on scenes designed to shock us. Women being treated horribly in a psych ward and a disturbing hanging execution were bad enough, but a stomach-turning scene in which a child is murdered with an ax while other children are screaming is downright disgusting. The filmmakers had no respect for the real-life children the story is based on by including that scene, nor did it respect its audience members who are left with nightmarish images they'll never be able to erase. In the end, that's what I took from this film, not the story or the acting - which is what this film should have been about. A cheap attempt at shocking viewers and a lousy way of telling a could-have-been compelling story.

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Too much violence
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age 14+

Changeling review..

I would have to say this film was really interesting.. But on the other hand, I also kind of wondered at first why this film isn't PG-13. On that note, I really wouldn't worry so much about the content besides the language (3 F-bombs), and the non sexual nudity in one scene. Otherwise, a great film for mature teenagers..

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Too much swearing
age 17+

Steer clear if you have young children

This has the most disturbing scene I have ever witnessed in a movie. It's not gruesome, but with the four little boys huddled in the corner and they are saying "No no no no, please, no, no, no, please" while the light is swinging back and forth, casting them into shadows, it totally, absolutely and irrevocably broke my heart. I just couldn't stop thinking about my own little guy who is two. I am having an extremely difficult time getting that scene out of my head. I know that scene was put in place to elicit hatred for the antagonist, and it serves its purpose well, but I think it looked way too real. WAY too real.

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Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 16+

for older teens because of mature subject matter

I loved it! It had some disturbing parts but it really moved me and made me cry for the bad parts and the good parts.i think they had good role models because the mother never stoped searching for her son and had a lot of hope.i love that she wouldnt stand for the police saying that was her son! i think she was very brave.the bad role models are the police because the mother had clear evidence that the boy that she was given was not her son.They completely ignored her and was selfish of just thinking about how it would ruin they're reputation.Over all it was a very moving inspirational movie about how far a mother will go for her son.its really touching and full of determination ,hope,and faith!

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Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models
age 12+

12 and up

it was so sad awsome i loved it it was disturbimg when kids were getting murdered weldone movie

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Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 15+

Dark, depressing, and extremely interesting.

This movie is not a happy film, by any means. And it's definately not a kid's flick. The acting is excellent, and the drama is compelling, especially when you know it was based on a true story. There is some language, including the f-word three or four times. And the violence isn't really shown, but it is heavily implied. *Spoiler* You see the killer swinging the axe and covered in blood, but you don't actually see the deaths.

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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great role models
age 16+

Wow. This film will never die.

Amazing true story told well. It is shocking to know that Christine had to go through such torture just to find her son! This woman was amazing and strong willed in all aspects. One good message told here is that you should never, ever give up. Like Christine, she kept going. She had such hope that her son was still alive and waiting for her, despite what anyone tried to tell her. She loved her son so much, he was her life! Very emotional and heartbreaking, make sure you have some tissue at hand, this one will make you cry! 5/5 for a wonderful work of art, and Angelina Jolie is just perfect.

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Great messages
age 11+
age 16+

Disappointing. Not for tweens or many teens!

Violent and disturbing images; appropriate to the story though occasionally extreme and very difficult to watch even for adults. Not much redemption either. Unlike others, I was disappointed in the film overall, despite its good points. For me, it was ultimately so unpleasant and heartbreaking - it is any parent's most terrifying nightmare - it left me cold and dissatisfied. Too creepy.

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Too much violence
age 17+

I turned this off half way thru...

From what I saw, Angelina Jolie's main lines were "That's not my son" and "I want my son back!" (over and over again...) Best Actress nominee? Whatever. However, I was still interested in the story. That is, until I saw the scenes with the serial killer. These scenes were so disturbing and upsetting, I felt physically sick. That's when I turned off the movie. If you have kids yourself, you may feel the same way. I'm not a fan a movies like that in general, but especially if kids are involved.