Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Suspenseful, overlong drama isn't meant for kids.

R 2008 140 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 21 reviews

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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.

This title has:

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..

This title has:

Too much swearing

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