Invictus (2009)

The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 18, 2010
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Delivered with typically stately precision from director Clint Eastwood, Invictus may not be rousing enough for some viewers, but Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman inhabit their real-life characters with admirable conviction.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The attraction of the film lies not in any surprise but in Morgan Freeman as Mandela -- so pitch perfect that the line between actor and archival is thin.

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Jonathan F. Richards

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.

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Christopher Orr
The New Republic

[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.

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Dan Jardine

Invictus tells the tale in the standard Hollywood way

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Dana Stevens

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A work of flawed majesty.

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Joshua Starnes

Is it schmaltzy? A little. Is it good anyway? Yes. It's not trying to reinvent the wheel but it understands what it is and that the best place to put its focus is not the rugby field.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
A moving film but not as powerful as I anticipated. Nevertheless, it does have an important message and reminds one of the great heroism and uncertainty of… More
Kristijonas Fussman
An admirably confident film from Mr. Clint Eastwood, Invictus is well-paced and brimming with convincing performances from the leads. Unfortunately, besides… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Sports movies usual have social/political redemption/justification as a subplot and Eastwood's entree here is no different, with racial equality thrown in… More
Jim Careter
Invictus is one of the best acted films of 2010, and is a wonderful sports film. The plot is long but is truly a inspiring story and is worth watching if you… More
Jens S.
The true story of newly elected South African president Nelson Mandela making it his top priority to unite the nation thanks to a successful rugby team. Morgan… More
Nadira Irdiana
It is a political movie and no one could ever deny that. But it is also a sport movie, since Nelson Mandela, played as Morgan Freeman, who is one of the… More