Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 18, 2014
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It might be too respectful to truly soar, but there's no denying Idris Elba's impressive work in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom -- or the inspirational power of the life it depicts.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Even those familiar with the history will be impressed and moved to see these events as Mandela experienced them, before the Nobel Prize and universal adulation recast the past in a glow of inevitability.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

Elba has long been better than the film roles he's been offered, a tradition that continues with his leading role here.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

No matter how savvy the screenwriter, it's hard to adapt a 600-page autobiography to the silver screen.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Nelson Mandela gets the Classics Illustrated treatment with this handsome, undemanding biopic.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

You keep wishing, as "Mandela" plays out, that this were more than one movie.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

This Justin Chadwick biopic offers no surprises in technique or script (by William Nicholson) but is nevertheless a notch above average.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The life of Nelson Mandela is simply too big, too complex and too important to be contained in one movie.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Aside from some youthful randiness early in the film, it wouldn't be out of place at a state funeral.

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Lee Zachariah
Concrete Playground

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
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four stars
Daniel Mumby
I've spoken a lot in my reviews about how biopics have a tendency to overrearch in their narrative ambitions. Films which go from the beginning to the end… More
Al S
A deeply moving, very emotional and extremely powerful motion picture. An unforgettable and extraordinary movie that is packed with great character development,… More
Carlos Magalhães
Idris Elba does an impressive job in this respectful and nicely crafted biopic that unfortunately is not engaging from an emotional point of view nor as… More
Manu Gino
It is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. Very Good Film! A powerful movie, that shows a man more passionate about equality and human rights than his own… More
KJ Proulx
Boring and over-produced, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" may be one of the hardest films to sit through that I have ever seen, solely due to… More