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Winnie Mandela Reviews

Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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This biopic is part hagiography, part expose, and gravely incoherent.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: C-

September 13, 2013
Alonso Duralde
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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.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

September 6, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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"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.

Full Review Source: New York Post

September 6, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Despite the marquee names and their obvious talent, the film feels like a made-for-TV movie.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

September 5, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Distant and obvious, it takes a story with many angles and reduces its edges, becoming a glorified TV movie.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

September 5, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Winnie Mandela is a simplistic look at a complex figure.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

September 5, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 5, 2013
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 5, 2013
Peter Debruge
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 5, 2013
Scott MacDonald
AV Club
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Winnie Mandela is maybe the closest a movie has come to a series of commemorative plates.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

September 5, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

September 5, 2013
Andrew Schenker
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

September 3, 2013
Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice
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A story that probably could have been told better as a miniseries, the film's main strength is its performances.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 3, 2013
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Winnie begins as hagiography and ends in hellish confusion.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 5, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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It won't satisfy history students curious about this polarizing figure, nor fans of its star, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 4, 2012
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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This one-dimensional biopic reduces important 20th century political figures to cardboard cutouts.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 18, 2011
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