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Winnie Mandela Reviews

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June 17, 2016
This saccharine hagiography desires to establish Nelson Mandela's controversial ex-wife as great. It succeeds, somewhat, but boringly, which leaves the truth not served well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 13, 2013
The end credits song's beautifully delivered, full-throttle emotional bombast only serves as a dismaying reminder of how much the film otherwise lacks any similar passion and soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 13, 2013
The audacity and determination of its subject doesn't find its way into this shallow and superficial biopic.
September 13, 2013
This biopic is part hagiography, part expose, and gravely incoherent.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 10, 2013
In the end, hers is a journey as complicated and fascinating as that of South Africa itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 9, 2013
Though Winnie Mandela is a more-than-serviceable classroom recounting of events, it fails to reach much higher than that, and deals with identity issues when deciding whether to challenge your views or simply glorify real-life events.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
September 8, 2013
Sometimes it can be strangely said that it's a miracle when a certain film even exists, warts and all. So let's cut to the chase, and what really matters in this immensely important movie. Not the least which is, 'Strike a woman, and you strike a rock.'
September 7, 2013
A warts-and-all biopic which focuses on its subject's childhood, college days and marriage while making short shrift of her transition into a war criminal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 6, 2013
The film's tonal inconsistencies speak less to the struggles of its titular subject than to its own grasp-exceeding ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 6, 2013
It would have benefited the film if Roodt had been as bold with the mechanics of his storytelling as he is with his inclusion of the title character's less savory moments. But its strengths, particularly the two lead performances, far outweigh its flaws.
September 6, 2013
Biopic is well acted but uneven and violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 6, 2013
Affecting biographical drama about the controversial anti-apartheid crusader, wife of fellow South African racial-equality advocate Nelson Mandela.
September 6, 2013
'Winnie' is no masterpiece, but not nearly as bad as the early reviews.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 6, 2013
"Winnie Mandela'' really stumbles when it comes to depicting the couple's painful separation, which the film suggests resulted more from politics than Winnie's infidelity.
September 5, 2013
Despite the marquee names and their obvious talent, the film feels like a made-for-TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 5, 2013
Distant and obvious, it takes a story with many angles and reduces its edges, becoming a glorified TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 5, 2013
Winnie Mandela is a simplistic look at a complex figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 5, 2013
Ms. Hudson's frequent and distracting costume changes are a sign of deeper problems in a movie that wants to be all things to all people, especially women.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 5, 2013
From the swelling melody on the soundtrack that opens the film to the Wind Beneath My Wings-like ballad that closes it, Winnie Mandela ... feels less like history come alive than Hollywood hagiography at its most blandly sentimental.
| Original Score: 2/5
September 5, 2013
ultimately too earnest for its own good
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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