Winnie Mandela Reviews

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Godfrey Cheshire
RogerEbert.com
September 10, 2013
In the end, hers is a journey as complicated and fascinating as that of South Africa itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
September 8, 2013
Sometimes it can be strangely said that it's a miracle when a certain film even exists, warts and all. So let's cut to the chase, and what really matters in this immensely important movie. Not the least which is, 'Strike a woman, and you strike a rock.'
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 6, 2013
It would have benefited the film if Roodt had been as bold with the mechanics of his storytelling as he is with his inclusion of the title character's less savory moments. But its strengths, particularly the two lead performances, far outweigh its flaws.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
September 6, 2013
Affecting biographical drama about the controversial anti-apartheid crusader, wife of fellow South African racial-equality advocate Nelson Mandela.
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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice
September 3, 2013
A story that probably could have been told better as a miniseries, the film's main strength is its performances.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
September 13, 2013
The end credits song's beautifully delivered, full-throttle emotional bombast only serves as a dismaying reminder of how much the film otherwise lacks any similar passion and soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 13, 2013
The audacity and determination of its subject doesn't find its way into this shallow and superficial biopic.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
September 13, 2013
This biopic is part hagiography, part expose, and gravely incoherent.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Griffin Vacheron
We Got This Covered
September 9, 2013
Though Winnie Mandela is a more-than-serviceable classroom recounting of events, it fails to reach much higher than that, and deals with identity issues when deciding whether to challenge your views or simply glorify real-life events.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
September 7, 2013
A warts-and-all biopic which focuses on its subject's childhood, college days and marriage while making short shrift of her transition into a war criminal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
September 6, 2013
The film's tonal inconsistencies speak less to the struggles of its titular subject than to its own grasp-exceeding ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
September 6, 2013
Biopic is well acted but uneven and violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clay Cane
BET.com
September 6, 2013
'Winnie' is no masterpiece, but not nearly as bad as the early reviews.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 6, 2013
"Winnie Mandela'' really stumbles when it comes to depicting the couple's painful separation, which the film suggests resulted more from politics than Winnie's infidelity.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 5, 2013
Despite the marquee names and their obvious talent, the film feels like a made-for-TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 5, 2013
Distant and obvious, it takes a story with many angles and reduces its edges, becoming a glorified TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 5, 2013
Winnie Mandela is a simplistic look at a complex figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 5, 2013
Ms. Hudson's frequent and distracting costume changes are a sign of deeper problems in a movie that wants to be all things to all people, especially women.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
September 5, 2013
From the swelling melody on the soundtrack that opens the film to the Wind Beneath My Wings-like ballad that closes it, Winnie Mandela ... feels less like history come alive than Hollywood hagiography at its most blandly sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike McGranaghan
Film Racket
September 5, 2013
ultimately too earnest for its own good
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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