Invictus Reviews

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November 28, 2020
It's all quite draining, with one enthusiastic hurrah after another, until there couldn't possibly be any more motivational orations.
November 27, 2020
Invictus sometimes plods just when it should be fleet of foot.
July 10, 2018
Invictus is Eastwood in full Stanley Kramer/Richard Attenborough mode, playing down to the Americans who love cheesy triumphant-sports movies but who generally know little about South Africa and care even less.
August 26, 2011
Invictus tells the tale in the standard Hollywood way
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.
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.'
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]
May 23, 2010
... less a film than a memorial: handsome, stately, well-meaning and dramatically inert.
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.
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.
February 5, 2010
Invictus is undone by its own overindulgence, turning a unifying moment of celebration and clarity into an underwhelming piece of cinematic clich.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 29, 2010
Um filme menor e falho sobre uma figura que certamente merecia uma obra mais digna de sua trajetria.
January 28, 2010
While an admirable exercise in by-the-book filmmaking, it nevertheless lacks emotional depth.
January 19, 2010
If only Eastwood had been more ambitious with the drama, and more imaginative with the rugby scenes.
December 31, 2009
If only life were that simple
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