The Changeover

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Laura loses her little brother in earthquake-scarred Christchurch. A decrepit old man marks the child's hand with a noxious stamp. Jacko sickens quickly while the man grows younger. The doctors insist Jacko needs a bone marrow transplant - and Laura is the only donor. But Laura becomes convinced a mysterious older boy can help her "change over" and become a witch, defeating the evil spirit sucking the life out of her brother.


  • Timothy Spall
  • Melanie Lynskey
  • Lucy Lawless
  • Nicholas Galitzine
  • Erana James
  • Kate Harcourt
  • Benji Purchase
  • Ella Edward
  • Thomasin McKenzie
  • Claire Van Beek

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Feb 21, 2019

The deeper the script gets into how its version of witchcraft works, the less convincing it becomes. Uniformly solid performances and artful camera/sound work make the movie hard to dismiss out of hand, but the script doesn't sell its hokum as effectively as more mainstream supernatural soap operas.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
Feb 21, 2019

It's worth seeking out no matter how much trouble you have to go to, because it's special: assured but modest, full of surprises. It doesn't go the way you expect it to, and yet in retrospect each move seems inevitable, like the incremental fulfillment of a prophecy.

Metacritic review by Matt Zoller Seitz
Matt Zoller Seitz
Feb 21, 2019

It’s this carefully managed equilibrium between the inherent preposterousness of its mystical milieu and the convincing emotional reality of Laura’s journey that ultimately makes The Changeover, for all its muddled mythos, a lively and engaging excursion into an unusually naturalistic world of magic.

Metacritic review by Keith Watson
Keith Watson
Slant Magazine