Invictus Reviews

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January 16, 2018
Morgan Freeman's portrayal of Nelson Mandela creates a superb moment in time on the movie screen.
November 17, 2011
November 17, 2011
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.
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.
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
You're likely to leave Invictus with a few nagging questions
January 30, 2010
With Invictus, Eastwood gets his message across in much the same way as the South African special forces -- he beats us over the head with it.
January 21, 2010
Perhaps the greatest testament to Eastwood's directorial skill is that such an unattractive, brutish game could serve as an uplifting symbol of communal harmony and renewed national spirit.
January 21, 2010
As a story about political change, it's fascinating. And as an Eastwood film, it's perhaps less than we have come to expect.
January 15, 2010
What Eastwood has done is to assemble a cast of American and South African actors and allow them to create something moving, exciting, and improbably true.
December 11, 2009
Freeman-as-Mandela is an actor all dressed up with no place to go -- at least, nowhere we didn't already know he was headed.
December 11, 2009
The story of how Nelson Mandela chose the white-supported national rugby team, the Springboks, to become a symbol of national reconciliation is uncharacteristically optimistic for Eastwood.
December 11, 2009
[T]he epitome of Hollywood filmmaking in ways both good and bad: uplifting, overlong, ambitious in scope but simple in moral vision, well-crafted but inured to irony.
December 11, 2009
A work of flawed majesty.
December 11, 2009
Eastwood makes moving pictures that seldom collapse under the burden of sentiment. He has a muscular understanding of how kernels of wisdom needn't become caramel corn.
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