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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Reviews

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
May 17, 2016
Long Walk to Freedom is a solidly crafted drama and a timely reminder of Mandela's achievements. The younger generation and those who haven't read the autobiography may find it fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
No matter how savvy the screenwriter, it's hard to adapt a 600-page autobiography to the silver screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 23, 2014
This Justin Chadwick biopic offers no surprises in technique or script (by William Nicholson) but is nevertheless a notch above average.
Lee Zachariah
Concrete Playground
February 28, 2014
This film is only superficially illuminating, briefly informative; the drama is only mildly engaging, the imprisonment distantly horrific. It insists upon keeping us at an arm's length for its not inconsiderable running time.
Peter Galvin
February 21, 2014
A potent mix of uplift and corn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
February 14, 2014
It works... kind of. If you were new to the Nelson Mandela story and were looking for a neat summary of his upbringing, his struggles and his achievements, you'll find it here.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 9, 2014
With a sturdy, magnetic central performance by Idris Elba as Mandela, the film dutifully charts his life-long struggle to end apartheid, his wooing of Winnie (portrayed by a generously cast Naomie Harris) and the 27 years he spent in prison.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
February 7, 2014
The story of Nelson Mandela is a truly extraordinary one, and while Justin Chadwick's biopic never stoops to hagiography and always entertains, it sometimes feels like the weight of the narrative is too heavy for one movie.
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
February 2, 2014
In the wake of Mandela's recent passing, this well-intentioned adaptation of the great man's best-selling autobiography inevitably takes on a greater poignancy and stature.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Simon Foster
January 14, 2014
By the time the stoic, aged activist faces off against the imperilled leaders of a crumbling Apartheid regime, Elba has assumed a gigantic persona and consumes every inch of the widescreen frame.
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
January 9, 2014
Mandela pulls us through the leader's now familiar life story with a plodding pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 9, 2014
Runs through his life at warp speed and still takes two and half hours.
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
January 8, 2014
What Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom ends up doing is flattering and sanctifying its subject. Mandela deserves better than kisses and compliments. So does the audience.
Todd Jorgenson
January 6, 2014
The film as a whole hits the highlights but too often fails to delve beneath the surface of Mandela or the ideals for which he fought his entire life.
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
January 6, 2014
It's a valuable history lesson crammed into a creatively uninspired movie. Wiki-cinema, if you will.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Anton Bitel
January 6, 2014
Is armed struggle or peaceful patience the better response to injustice? In a performance for the ages, Idris Elba's Mandela embodies both sides of the argument.
Xan Brooks
Observer (UK)
January 5, 2014
Elba's central performance is the movie's trump card, and one it employs with abandon, shuffling the other players far down in the deck.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
January 5, 2014
[Idris Elba is brilliant, but] every time the film might have cut loose as a drama, it either holds back or we simply move on to another time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
January 4, 2014
Relentlessly respectful, yet lacking the intense emotional punch that would have made it great.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Joe Utichi
January 4, 2014
An extraordinary man probably deserved better than an ordinary film.
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