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The Changeover Reviews

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February 3, 2020
There seems to be much promise attached the story but the film doesn't quite deliver what's expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 15, 2019
Great style and performances are not enough to make The Changeover any different from a teen fantasy franchise launch. [Full review in Spanish].
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 4, 2019
This film might take place in a world lousy with witches and warlocks, but it is desperately short of the magic needed to overcome its flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 4, 2019
The film is a bit of an odd duck in that it is neither fish nor fowl, audience-wise: perhaps too scary for the Goosebumps crowd but far too tame for the horror crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
February 22, 2019
The Changeover might have an unnerving and memorable performance by English actor Timothy Spall, but it lacks the narrative horror chops to push the storytelling into a dimension that is truly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 20, 2019
The Changeover is a bland adventure that feels like a missed opportunity.
March 7, 2019
An easy going production with time-honored tropes fails to raise a ruckus.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
February 21, 2019
Uniformly solid performances and artful camera/sound work make the film hard to dismiss out of hand, but the script doesn't sell its hokum as effectively as more mainstream supernatural soap operas.
February 21, 2019
Unfortunately, the story, which involves all sorts of distracting schemes and spells and even time travel, gets in the way of the movie actually being about [the main character]...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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February 21, 2019
The Changeover is one of those supernatural thrillers where the rules are both abstract and arbitrary, rendering Laura's internal struggle as dull predestination rather than an act of intention and will.
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 26, 2019
This horror-tinged coming-of-age tale takes a refreshingly restrained approach to its witchy world-building.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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 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
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
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 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 19, 2019
Erana James is a star in the making while Timothy Spall is delightful as a throwback baddie.
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.
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.
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