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Invictus Reviews

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 8, 2014
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.
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
August 26, 2011
Invictus tells the tale in the standard Hollywood way
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 27, 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 | Original Score: 7/10
July 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4.2/10
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
June 1, 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.'
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 30, 2010
Despite hewing fairly closely to the facts, has trouble seeming truthful. Practically everyone behaves like an allegorical symbol rather than a person, a problem the script anticipates and acknowledges but only feebly attempts to solve. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
May 23, 2010
... less a film than a memorial: handsome, stately, well-meaning and dramatically inert.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
May 16, 2010
At its very essence a classically Hollywood, ultra-populist, inspirational underdog sports movie--and a well executed one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 14, 2010
This amalgamation of inspirational themes cuts a new notch on Eastwood's well-used viewfinder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 9, 2010
...a polished, well-made, and unaffectedly inspiring motion picture about an inspiring individual and an inspiring victory.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
March 27, 2010
Not one of Eastwood's best, but at times the story is quite moving. And, you can't help but cherish the performance by Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela. Nicely done, Morgan. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
March 19, 2010
Freeman's Mandela is deeply flawed, single-minded when it comes to his job, and has a way with one-liners. In short, he's an Eastwood hero.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 12, 2010
The half that's good involves watching Morgan Freeman hitting not only the cadences of Mandela's oratory but the Gandhi-like calm of the man.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 5, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
February 5, 2010
It's possibly Damon's most impressive major role to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
February 5, 2010
Invictus may be a rather cheesy way into the story of South Africa, but in the end you're glad it's there for a new generation to whom the words "Free Nelson Mandela" are history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Xan Brooks
Guardian
February 5, 2010
A monolithic sporting saga that seems content to pose on the podium, lulled by the belief that its subject matter provides inspiration enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
February 5, 2010
Invictus is undone by its own overindulgence, turning a unifying moment of celebration and clarity into an underwhelming piece of cinematic cliché.
| Original Score: 2/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
February 5, 2010
Freeman's performance is a fine tribute to Mandela, perfectly capturing his grin, posture and unbreakable upbeatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charles Gant
Heat Magazine
February 5, 2010
As you'd expect from Eastwood and this cast, it's got quality written all over it.
| Original Score: 3/5
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