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Winnie Mandela Reviews

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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-
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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.
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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
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2013
Like many a biopic before it, "Winnie Mandela" shoehorns an exceptional life into the standard template of a highlights reel, lurching from one Important Moment to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 5, 2013
TV-style biopic reduces South Africa's struggle to the status of an impediment in the blooming romance between Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie.
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Scott MacDonald
AV Club
September 5, 2013
Winnie Mandela is maybe the closest a movie has come to a series of commemorative plates.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 5, 2013
By the film's end, Winnie has become so stifled by her own fallen stature that she sits frozen; unfortunately, so does this somewhat confusing movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
September 3, 2013
What starts as a standard worshipful biopic of Winnie Mandela (Jennifer Hudson) suddenly shifts gears after her release from a year-plus jail stint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 5, 2012
Winnie begins as hagiography and ends in hellish confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 4, 2012
It won't satisfy history students curious about this polarizing figure, nor fans of its star, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
September 18, 2011
This one-dimensional biopic reduces important 20th century political figures to cardboard cutouts.