Winnie Mandela
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Starring Academy Award (R) winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) and Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), WINNIE MANDELA is an epic story of love, sacrifice and courage. Moving from a remote tribal village to the sprawling metropolis of Johannesburg, South Africa, a proud young Winnie (Jennifer Hudson) soon found love with a rising political star, Nelson Mandela (Terrence Howard). When Nelson was imprisoned for protesting the brutal Apartheid government, Winnie worked tirelessly to win his freedom and to carry on his message of peace and equality. Her struggle to keep the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This biopic is part hagiography, part expose, and gravely incoherent."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"Despite the marquee names and their obvious talent, the film feels like a made-for-TV movie."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"The end credits song's beautifully delivered, full-throttle emotional bombast only serves as a dismaying reminder of how much the film otherwise lacks any similar passion and soul."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"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."
‑ Griffin Vacheron, We Got This Covered
"The film's tonal inconsistencies speak less to the struggles of its titular subject than to its own grasp-exceeding ambitions."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"It would have benefited the film if Roodt had been as bold with the mechanics of his storytelling as he is with his inclusion of the title character's less savory moments. But its strengths, particularly the two lead performances, far outweigh its flaws."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"Distant and obvious, it takes a story with many angles and reduces its edges, becoming a glorified TV movie."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The audacity and determination of its subject doesn't find its way into this shallow and superficial biopic."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Sometimes it can be strangely said that it's a miracle when a certain film even exists, warts and all. So let's cut to the chase, and what really matters in this immensely important movie. Not the least which is, 'Strike a woman, and you strike a rock.'"
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Biopic is well acted but uneven and violent."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
""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."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Winnie Mandela is a simplistic look at a complex figure."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"In the end, hers is a journey as complicated and fascinating as that of South Africa itself."
‑ Godfrey Cheshire,
"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."
‑ Kam Williams,
"Affecting biographical drama about the controversial anti-apartheid crusader, wife of fellow South African racial-equality advocate Nelson Mandela."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
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