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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"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."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Invictus hits all the right formula notes of both the biopic and the underdog sports movie, making it impossible to hate. He also hits those notes so insistently and with such a lack of grace that he makes it a difficult movie to like."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"... less a film than a memorial: handsome, stately, well-meaning and dramatically inert."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"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."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"[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."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"Invictus tells the tale in the standard Hollywood way"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"A narrative divide that never quite comes together, despite some truly uplifting moments. And seems unable to decide whether it wants to be a sports movie or a political biopic. Invictus: Or rather, 'I am the rugby captain of Mandela's soul.'"
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"At its very essence a classically Hollywood, ultra-populist, inspirational underdog sports movie--and a well executed one at that."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"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."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"A work of flawed majesty."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"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."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Despite hewing fairly closely to the facts, has trouble seeming truthful. Practically everyone behaves like an allegorical symbol rather than a person, a problem the script anticipates and acknowledges but only feebly attempts to solve. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"This amalgamation of inspirational themes cuts a new notch on Eastwood's well-used viewfinder."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
More reviews for Invictus on Rotten Tomatoes

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