88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Eastwood's modest approach to these momentous events shames the usual Hollywood showboating. In a rare achievement, he's made a film that truly is good for the soul.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Invictus, which is Latin for "unconquered," gives the poem several meanings in the context of the film. It also applies to Eastwood, who, as one of America's greatest storytellers, finds enthralling tales and fashions them with finesse and an indomitable spirit.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
How is Invictus as a sports movie? Let's just say that its lump-in-the-throat climax is predictable, but that doesn't mean it's less than earned.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A win-win situation in which a mainstream feature works equally well as stirring entertainment and a history lesson about a remarkable convergence of sports and statesmanship.
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75

NPR

By Bob Mondello
Freeman's Mandela, however, is pretty marvelous -- so persuasive in gesture, in bearing, in that signature mix of gravitas and twinkle, even in accent -- that when a shot of the real Mandela appears over the final credits, it's momentarily jarring to realize you've been watching an impersonation.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's never less than worthy and entertaining, but the importance of Invictus doesn't broaden as it goes along. It narrows.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Freeman portrays Mandela not as a saint but as a man who knows he has the political freedom of being seen as one; it’s a majestically two-dimensional performance with glimpses of a third dimension peeking through.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
As always, Freeman is a one-man charm offensive.
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70

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Freeman is so in-tune with the former South African president's persona you can't take your eyes off him.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A temperate, evenhanded perhaps overly timid film about an intemperate time in South Africa.
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74 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.