Invictus (2009)



Critic Consensus: Delivered with typically stately precision from director Clint Eastwood, Invictus may not be rousing enough for some viewers, but Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman inhabit their real-life characters with admirable conviction.

Movie Info

The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.

Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Genre: Sports & Fitness, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Anthony Peckham
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 18, 2010
Box Office: $37.4M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Nelson Mandela

as Francois Pienaar

as Jason Tshabalala

as Linga Moonsamy

as Hendrick Booyens

as Etienne Feyder

as Brenda Mazibuko

as Mr. Pienaar

as Mrs. Pineaar

as Zindzi

as Minister of Sport

as Springbok Coach

as Rugby President

as Johan De Villiers

as Captain of 747

as Co-Captain of 747

as Face Painter

as Presidential Guard

as Presidential Guard

as Presidential Guard

as Presidential Guard

as Presidential Guard

as High School Boy

as High School Coach

as Johannesburg Cop

as Johannesburg Cop

as Local Cop

as Springbok Manager

as Mandela's Doctor

as Minister of the Envi...

as Mrs. Brits

as Mrs. Cole

as Mrs. Dlamini

as New Zealand PM

as NSC Firebrand

as Prison Guard

as Staff Member

as Staff Member

as Team Crew

as Team Crew

as Township Kid

as Township Kid

as Township Kid

as Trophy Wife

as TV Announcer

as Helicopter Pilot

as Chester Williams

as Jonah Lomu
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Critic Reviews for Invictus

All Critics (232) | Top Critics (44)

A noble and compassionate work that in its later scenes manages successfully to invest our emotions in the triumph of an important - if overlong! - sporting victory.

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

The attraction of the film lies not in any surprise but in Morgan Freeman as Mandela -- so pitch perfect that the line between actor and archival is thin.

Full Review… | March 8, 2014
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Invictus tells the tale in the standard Hollywood way

Full Review… | August 26, 2011

Is it schmaltzy? A little. Is it good anyway? Yes. It's not trying to reinvent the wheel but it understands what it is and that the best place to put its focus is not the rugby field.

Full Review… | March 27, 2011

Invictus hits all the right formula notes of both the biopic and the underdog sports movie, making it impossible to hate. He also hits those notes so insistently and with such a lack of grace that he makes it a difficult movie to like.

Full Review… | July 4, 2010

A narrative divide that never quite comes together, despite some truly uplifting moments. And seems unable to decide whether it wants to be a sports movie or a political biopic. Invictus: Or rather, 'I am the rugby captain of Mandela's soul.'

Full Review… | June 1, 2010

Audience Reviews for Invictus

A moving film but not as powerful as I anticipated. Nevertheless, it does have an important message and reminds one of the great heroism and uncertainty of post-Apartheid South Africa. Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman both give noteworthy performances.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Sports movies usual have social/political redemption/justification as a subplot and Eastwood's entree here is no different, with racial equality thrown in on the side. You know the ending from the very first. And so its up to his leads to carry the weight of "its more than just a game" ballast, which Freeman and Damon admirably do w/o a problem. I learned a bit about rugby, and South Africa seems more of a welcoming place now, so its "mission accomplished!".

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


The true story of newly elected South African president Nelson Mandela making it his top priority to unite the nation thanks to a successful rugby team. Morgan Freedom is the obvious but perfect choice as Mandela and really turns into the politician, which is particularly difficult considering he is a contemporary celebrity many people are still familiar with. The film stays focused on the president, his ideals and small steps to get the white and black people of South African to overcome the years or resentment. So it's not until the second half that the movie follows the usual sports drama steps, but remains really well done. The sport scenes look realistic and well filmed, but for people unfamiliar with the game, the lack of commentary makes them look kind of arbitrary. That doesn't change the fact that the film is heading for a moving and satisfying climax. It's nice to see that sometimes history does make the right choices and people can change.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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