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Invictus Reviews

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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 Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

March 8, 2014
Dan Jardine

Invictus tells the tale in the standard Hollywood way

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 5/10

August 26, 2011
Joshua Starnes

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 Source: | Original Score: 7/10

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 Source: DCist | Original Score: 4.2/10

July 4, 2010
Prairie Miller

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 Source: NewsBlaze

June 1, 2010
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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 Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 30, 2010
Sean Axmaker

... less a film than a memorial: handsome, stately, well-meaning and dramatically inert.

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May 23, 2010
Michael Dequina

At its very essence a classically Hollywood, ultra-populist, inspirational underdog sports movie--and a well executed one at that.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

May 16, 2010
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

This amalgamation of inspirational themes cuts a new notch on Eastwood's well-used viewfinder.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 4/5

May 14, 2010
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a polished, well-made, and unaffectedly inspiring motion picture about an inspiring individual and an inspiring victory.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

May 9, 2010
Paul Chambers

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 Source: CNNRadio | Original Score: B-

March 27, 2010
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

March 19, 2010
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 12, 2010
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

February 5, 2010


It's possibly Damon's most impressive major role to date.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2010
Kate Muir
Times [UK]

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 Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

February 5, 2010
Xan Brooks
Guardian [UK]

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 Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

February 5, 2010
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies

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

February 5, 2010
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy

Freeman's performance is a fine tribute to Mandela, perfectly capturing his grin, posture and unbreakable upbeatness.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2010
Charles Gant
Heat Magazine

As you'd expect from Eastwood and this cast, it's got quality written all over it.

| Original Score: 3/5

February 5, 2010
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