Winnie Mandela
Winnie Mandela (2013)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 6, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 3, 2013
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Critic Score: 14% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Winnie Mandela takes few chances and delves only superficially into its subject's life, making it feel more like a too-earnest made-for-TV movie than a proper biopic.

Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

This biopic is part hagiography, part expose, and gravely incoherent.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

"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.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

This saccharine hagiography desires to establish Nelson Mandela's controversial ex-wife as great. It succeeds, somewhat, but boringly, which leaves the truth not served well.

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Godfrey Cheshire

In the end, hers is a journey as complicated and fascinating as that of South Africa itself.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Despite the marquee names and their obvious talent, the film feels like a made-for-TV movie.

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Michael Dequina

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.

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Alonso Duralde

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.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Distant and obvious, it takes a story with many angles and reduces its edges, becoming a glorified TV movie.

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Todd Jorgenson

The audacity and determination of its subject doesn't find its way into this shallow and superficial biopic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
This is a good biopic on Winnie Mandela, the wife of the late Nelson Mandela. The film takes a look at her life and how she met Nelson, but at the same time, it… More