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The Changeover Reviews

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February 10, 2020
A thought-provoking examination of the emotional fallout of a natural disaster, The Changeover has a number of narrative issues, but some fine performances elevate this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 30, 2019
The Changeover is refreshingly a young adult adaptation that doesn't have aspirations for a franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 28, 2019
This quaint and unassuming sleeper-of-a-creeper is magical and mystical in its curious presentation. New Zealand's 'The Changeover' is a character-driven frightfest at its small-scare creative core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 26, 2019
This horror-tinged coming-of-age tale takes a refreshingly restrained approach to its witchy world-building.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 25, 2019
At its core, there's a tale as old as time itself, and, what's more, one that equates adolescent turbulence to something that can be both deeply unsettling and reassuringly magical.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 22, 2019
The Changeover is a definite standout when it comes to young adult films. It is a mature, eerie, and effective coming-of-age story that just so happens to also include the supernatural.
February 22, 2019
Beneath its familiar genre trappings, this fantasy succeeds mostly because it takes a character-driven approach rather than relying solely on teenage angst or supernatural mumbo-jumbo.
February 22, 2019
Subtle enough to draw in adult fans of dark fantasy, but relatable enough to appeal to young adult audiences, The Changeover is another in a long line of quality genre films from New Zealand.
February 21, 2019
Other films have demonstrated [Spall's] ability to exude malice, but none has put his smarmy, sinister side to better, more unsettling use.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 21, 2019
[A]n astute adaptation, balancing magical arcana with everyday adolescent turmoil.
February 21, 2019
In its own modest way, this is a perfect genre film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 21, 2019
Thanks to fine performances and a narrative that doesn't hang about to admire itself, the movie goes down as easily as a love potion at a coven.
February 20, 2019
Refreshing emphasis on mood, setting, and acting to pave the way for familiar elements of teen fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 19, 2019
Erana James is a star in the making while Timothy Spall is delightful as a throwback baddie.
February 17, 2019
If, in the end, the film's narrative fails to cohere, the journey getting there is at least enjoyably swift-paced.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 16, 2019
Timothy Spall? When he bugs his eyes out and grins that viperous, British-dentistry grin, you know its time to hide the kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 7, 2018
The tension is kept high throughout and James makes an impressive debut while Spall gives a nightmare-inducing performance as the sinister Carmody Braque.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2018
This is an old story which has appealed to young readers in Australia and New Zealand for many decades, retold here with an urgency and poignancy of immediate relevance to viewers all over the world.
August 23, 2018
It's not as dynamic as the bond between siblings, but it does offer a gothic-fantasy love element that will keep tween girls engaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 17, 2018
Despite a low budget, McKenzie and co-director Miranda Harcourt have managed to produce a film that looks terrific, if rather subdued and grey, and the performances across the board are excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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