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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
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 16, 2009
Like the poem from which it takes its title, it suffers not from any obvious technical flaws but from a failure of tone and perspective. It's a sermon, not a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
December 8, 2009
Invictus is stately, handsomely mounted, attentive to detail right down to the Marmite adorning the team's breakfast buffet, and relentlessly conventional.
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
December 11, 2009
Without looking it up, I'm guessing the title is Latin for drudgery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Anders Wotzke
December 17, 2009
Like the pseudo biopic on Mandela, the rugby half is both shallow and generic, qualities echoed by the horrendously mawkish theme song 'Colorblind' that is enough to make Invictus seem like a parody of an inspirational film.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
December 10, 2009
Invictus" is only interested in South Africa and the challenges of reconciliation as a background setting and inspiring theme, not as a real place or a real problem; it's a thin, hollow shell designed expressly to be coated in Oscar gold.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
December 11, 2009
Rather than his usual intensity, economy of style and a no-nonsense depiction of strong characters, Eastwood's film is akin to a lumbering rugby player pounding the same ground over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
January 19, 2010
If only Eastwood had been more ambitious with the drama, and more imaginative with the rugby scenes.
Andrew O'Hagan
London Evening Standard
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 3, 2009
We applaud the final game but must leave the cheering to the on-screen fans.
Tony Macklin
December 7, 2009
Invictus is caught in a rugby scrum between Clint's good intentions and dull execution. I love the game, but am disappointed in the match.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
December 10, 2009
Despite a captivating-as-always performance by Morgan Freeman, [it] ends up rather dull and underwhelming while lacking enough sharp attention on the dynamics of Mandela's friendship with Francois Pienaar off of the rugby field.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.85/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 6, 2009
Clint Eastwood's films are often termed "classical," a term that, with regard to Invictus, also suggests something close to stale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
December 10, 2009
(Freeman) portrays Mandela more as a legend than as a man, a symbolic figure who is play-acting an already determined history rather than living in the uncertain moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Eric D. Snider
December 10, 2009
This hybrid, pleasant and inoffensive though it is, offers neither the insight of a good biopic nor the elation of a good sports drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
December 13, 2009
Feels like we're watching Mr. Rogers run a country. Freeman's Mandela smiles politely and wants everyone to be his neighbor. While that may be real, Eastwood never makes it seem interesting
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Victoria Alexander
December 7, 2009
A disappointment. While not diminishing the father of South Africa, this is a tedious documentary-style bore. Eastwood's Mandela is a very kind man, but we never get to really know him.
Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly
December 24, 2009
Freeman is great as Mandela, but picture loses focus and becomes a pretty lousy rugby movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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