Invictus Synopsis
Nelson Mandela tries to unite his countrymen following the fall of apartheid in South Africa.
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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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INVICTUS - conquered me. Grade: A. (Based on advance VIP press preview on Monday Dec. 7, 2009)

By MOVIES REVIEWER
Invictus, latin for 'unconquered', is a 1875 short poem by English poet William Ernest Henley. The last two lines of the poem are... "I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my...

Rugby is a hooligan's sport played by gentlemen.

By movies-4-me
Clint Eastwood's latest is a solid, if fairly formulaic sports film, with the politics and philosophies of possibly one of humanity's greatest leaders wedged in. The movie follows Nelson Mandela...

Five Word Review

By secoote
No word can describe Invictus...

What movies are all about.

By jay247
This is a "Must Go" movie. It is a beautiful story of human conflict and choices. It is a story of how, from the deep shadows of darkness can come forgiveness and healing. Wonderful movie, Clint...

WOW!

By kwkurtz44
1st off to the guy who said it was not worth his time and a waste of money. I can only assume your a Frddy Kruger Fan, But, then I would think it hard to find even a Freddie Krueger fan, that would...

A fascinating blend of politics and sports

By pb7605
I went in to this with low expectations- the movie we wanted to see was sold out. But can I just say WOW! This was a fantastic movie. Superb acting by both Morgan Freemon and Matt Damon as well as...

Much More than a Sports Movie

By cspringsmom
I got the impression this was another one of those "Underdogs Win Championships" movie that we've all seen before in Hoosiers, Major League, etc. The truth is, the rugby matches are a small part of...

Invictus worth the price

By dmaneri
Though Invictus moves slowly at times, it is a typically brilliant job by Director Clint Eastwood with plenty of highly emotional moments. The script was tight and if you didn't know that the story...

An Untold Story of Freedom and Forgiveness

By NathanielQueen
This is a must-see film for all people interested in the struggle in South African. It is a true story of how everyday happenings can have profound effect. Morgan Freeman is his usal best. And...

Amazing and Inspirational leadership lessons

By RSMMovieLover
This movie has wonderful lessons about how to be a servant leader from three perspectives (Mandela, captain of the Springboks and the head of the presidential security detail). The scene with Morgan...

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Rated PG-13 | For brief strong language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ Inspiring tale about Mandela, rugby, and national pride.
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