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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
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 rebuild the country's once segregated society. Idris Elba (PROMETHEUS) stars as Nelson Mandela with Justin Chadwick (THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL) directing. (c) Weinstein

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Elba has long been better than the film roles he's been offered, a tradition that continues with his leading role here."
‑ Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
"No matter how savvy the screenwriter, it's hard to adapt a 600-page autobiography to the silver screen."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"A potent mix of uplift and corn."
‑ Peter Galvin,
"The story of Nelson Mandela is a truly extraordinary one, and while Justin Chadwick's biopic never stoops to hagiography and always entertains, it sometimes feels like the weight of the narrative is too heavy for one movie."
‑ Erin Free, FILMINK (Australia)
"Nelson Mandela gets the Classics Illustrated treatment with this handsome, undemanding biopic."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"You keep wishing, as "Mandela" plays out, that this were more than one movie."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"This Justin Chadwick biopic offers no surprises in technique or script (by William Nicholson) but is nevertheless a notch above average."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"It works... kind of. If you were new to the Nelson Mandela story and were looking for a neat summary of his upbringing, his struggles and his achievements, you'll find it here."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"In the wake of Mandela's recent passing, this well-intentioned adaptation of the great man's best-selling autobiography inevitably takes on a greater poignancy and stature."
‑ Ed Gibbs, The Sun Herald
"The life of Nelson Mandela is simply too big, too complex and too important to be contained in one movie."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Aside from some youthful randiness early in the film, it wouldn't be out of place at a state funeral."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Lee Zachariah, Concrete Playground
"With a sturdy, magnetic central performance by Idris Elba as Mandela, the film dutifully charts his life-long struggle to end apartheid, his wooing of Winnie (portrayed by a generously cast Naomie Harris) and the 27 years he spent in prison."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"By the time the stoic, aged activist faces off against the imperilled leaders of a crumbling Apartheid regime, Elba has assumed a gigantic persona and consumes every inch of the widescreen frame."
‑ Simon Foster, Screen-Space
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