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Invictus Reviews

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February 5, 2010
A battle waged in the hearts and minds is always likely to be far more inspiring than explosion-heavy scuffles in the street, but as shown here, that doesn't necessarily translate into captivating movie magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2010
An undeniably stirring, if predictable, account of how Nelson Mandela turned the Springbok team into a unifying force for his country. Non-rugby fans may find their patience tested, but Freeman's magisterial performance carries it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2010
The strange marriage is conservatively boxed - as a director Eastwood is a master craftsman, but no visionary - but oddly effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2010
As Mandela, Morgan Freeman is suitably statesman-like and makes light of a difficult accent to give a convincing performance. Less convincing but still serviceable is Matt Damon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2010
Eastwood's biopic is unconventional only in that it wisely does not attempt to tell Mandela's whole life story. Instead, it seizes on his rarest qualities, thus creating a moving tribute to a genuinely great humanitarian.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2010
79-year-old Clint Eastwood delivers yet another tub-thumping classic - a sports drama that'll have all but the most cynical cheering from their seats.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2010
The story is so perfect for cinema you have to remind yourself it actually happened.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2010
Like Cry Freedom without the laughs. Morgan Freeman plays Nelson Mandela in a pious, bromidic, wet-all-over film that slops from triumph to set-piece triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 5, 2010
The problem is not one of factual accuracy; it is one of dramatic credibility, stymied all the way through by the remorseless sanctification of its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 5, 2010
A solid, slightly old-fashioned drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2010
It's a stirring watch but it's telling that the performances, not the film itself, have captured the Academy's attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2010
In films like this, nobody is ever in two minds about anything. Nobody is ever out of character. And that is a deficiency in the screenwriting that pays too little heed to the source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 5, 2010
It's still a great film though - expertly mixing a political biopic and an underdog sports movie together, which under a less sure hand could have turned out like The Mighty Ducks coached by George W.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2010
An enjoyable slice of solid entertainment that falls short of being a movie of greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2010
Eastwood hits all the right notes in exactly the right order, but it's his least personal film for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2010
You're likely to leave Invictus with a few nagging questions
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2010
Invictus does leave you feeling oddly satisfied, but it's a very fleeting satisfaction, perhaps because its rainbow nation conclusion immediately starts to ring hollow once the euphoria of the triumphant sports movie ending subsides.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2010
Another superb humanist drama from Eastwood.
February 5, 2010
Like most of [Eastwoods] recent output, it's a lame-as-anything exercise in obvious moral moviemaking that uses a couple of great performances to cover up the fact that it's actually completely by-the-numbers.
February 4, 2010
A solid retelling of an undeniably inspirational story but it's unforgivably bland in places.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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