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: November 29, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
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Critic Score: 61% 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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Josh Terry
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

Idris Elba's performance of Mandela is striking, if only for his effort to master the former president's distinct vocal style.

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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.

Reagan Gavin Rasquinha
The Times of India

Watch this - while making you laugh and cry, it takes you on a wondrous walk.

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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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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

It's at its strongest when it's dealing with the period we know least about: Mandela's early years.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Idris Elba does an impressive job in this respectful and nicely crafted biopic that is unfortunately not so 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
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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
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