Changing Lanes 2002

Changing Lanes

Critics Consensus

Though some may find its conclusion unsatisfying, Changing Lanes is a tense, well-crafted exploration of meaty ethical dilemmas.

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A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that could decimate two people's lives. But on this day, at this time, a minor collision will turn two complete strangers into vicious adversaries. Their means of destroying each other might be different, but their goals, ultimately, will be the same: Each will systematically try to dismantle the other's life in a reckless effort to reclaim something he has lost.

Cast & Crew

Ben Affleck
Gavin Banek
William Hurt
Doyle's Sponsor
Amanda Peet
Cynthia Banek
Kim Staunton
Valerie Gipson
Michael Tolkin
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Ronald M. Bozman
Executive Producer
Salvatore Totino
Cinematographer
Kristi Zea
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Ann Roth
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Critic Reviews for Changing Lanes

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (116) | Rotten (35)

  • Combines a knack for storytelling with a rare instinct for exploring ideas within the framework of a major, star-driven Hollywood movie.

    September 22, 2008

    Robert Koehler

    Variety
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  • A slickly shot, intelligent thriller, it's buoyed up by an exceptional performance from Jackson, who brings crumpled dignity and pathos to his habitual loser.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • It's a bit contrived, but this is a strongly acted two-hander...

    November 19, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Changing Lanes is a surprise.

    October 15, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce

    BBC.com
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  • A thrilling ride but also a thoughtful one, it's a movie that does manage to do more good than bad by the end of the day.

    July 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • In addition to gluing you to the edge of your seat, Changing Lanes is also a film of freshness, imagination and insight.

    April 25, 2002 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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Audience Reviews for Changing Lanes

  • Dec 10, 2014
    Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson square-off in the intense and dramatic thriller Changing Lanes. After leaving the scene of a traffic accident, a lawyer ends up embroiled in a feud with the person that he hit in order to recover an important file that he left at the scene. The story is remarkably engaging and has layers of subtext, as the grudge match leads both of the main characters to learn things about themselves as they push each other to the limit and find out how far they're willing to go. Affleck and Jackson give excellent performances, and are backed by a strong supporting cast that includes Amanda Peet, Toni Collette, and William Hurt. An incredibly powerful film, Changing Lanes takes a provocative look at the darker side of human nature.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2014
    Not bad. This film is an exercise in human stupidity, but everything ends up working out pretty well in the end. Hobbes would totally love this movie lol.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2012
    Changing Lanes keeps you on your toes with a tense screenplay that does not let up until the final scenes when everyone is tidied up a little too well after all the chaos that ensued. Samuel L. Jackson is terrific as usual and rides the line between doing what he needs for his family and crossing that line. Ben Affleck is better in these roles than he is in the action role, playing a hotshot lawyer that realizes all the unethical crap he pulls will eventually catch up to him. I was actually expecting this to have more action than it did based on the title and previews, but I'm not complaining when it was this well done. Ultimately, the only knock I have is that the conclusion is a little too easy based on the rest, but Changing Lanes will keep you guessing and is entertaining.
    Josh L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2012
    Samuel L. Jackson delivers one of his most memorable performances as Doyle Gibson, an insurance agent and separated father of two, who is caught up in a horrible day. Jackson steps away from his in-your-face characters that we are used to and embarks as a downtrodden everyday citizen. Along with his performance, "Changing Lanes" produces a perfect dramatic script, with each moment building on top of the next. Each time Doyle or Gavin (Ben Affleck) could end this catastrophic day, they forget how to be civilized and instead of moving forward in their personal and business lives, they continuously take two steps back until their entire lives are shaken by the end of the day. The writing of the film always feels true and each actor embody their roles to a sincere perfection, creating a solid and time-tested thriller.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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