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.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mike Goodridge
Independent
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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
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
Matt Risley
Sky Movies
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
Philip Kemp
Total Film
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
Chris Roberts
Uncut Magazine [UK]
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
Colin Prior
Radio Times
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
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
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

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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