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Winnie Mandela Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
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
Griffin Vacheron
We Got This Covered
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
Aisha Harris
The Dissolve
September 5, 2013
Director Darrell Roodt's by-the-numbers biopic suffers from clunky dialogue and shallow characterization, all while never deciding what to make of its leading lady.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott MacDonald
AV Club
September 5, 2013
Winnie Mandela is maybe the closest a movie has come to a series of commemorative plates.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Ed Gibbs
Guardian
September 21, 2011
The source material is Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob's biography, and the period detail is spot on. Yet Winnie: the movie opts to wear its heart openly on its sleeve, and play it absurdly safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
September 3, 2013
What starts as a standard worshipful biopic of Winnie Mandela (Jennifer Hudson) suddenly shifts gears after her release from a year-plus jail stint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clay Cane
BET.com
September 6, 2013
'Winnie' is no masterpiece, but not nearly as bad as the early reviews.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
September 5, 2013
Disappointingly linear and superficial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
September 6, 2013
Biopic is well acted but uneven and violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 5, 2013
Winnie Mandela is a simplistic look at a complex figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
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
Matt Pais
RedEye
September 5, 2013
Obscured truth disrespects history, and a biopic without strong writing and acting isn't much of anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 5, 2013
By the film's end, Winnie has become so stifled by her own fallen stature that she sits frozen; unfortunately, so does this somewhat confusing movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 4, 2012
It won't satisfy history students curious about this polarizing figure, nor fans of its star, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 5, 2013
TV-style biopic reduces South Africa's struggle to the status of an impediment in the blooming romance between Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 13, 2013
The audacity and determination of its subject doesn't find its way into this shallow and superficial biopic.
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