Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Synopsis
Nelson Mandela is instrumental in bringing down apartheid and becomes South Africa's president.
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The Telegraph

By David Gritten
With the magnificent Elba to anchor it, the film gradually achieves a sort of grandeur, in the manner of the hero it depicts.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
Mandela is straightforward storytelling of a type that’s somewhat out of fashion, but ultimately no less stirring for it.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A conventional biopic made anything but conventional by the magnitude of its subject's life and accomplishments, and by Idris Elba's...
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Looming large above this “Long Walk” is Elba, in a mostly still performance, one of quietly compelling authority that dominates every...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Elba captures the fire and the passion of Mandela the young activist, the resilience of Mandela the political prisoner, and the wisdom and...
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Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
It is the incendiary work of British actors Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as the couple in question that elevates our involvement in this...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
All of the highlights are dutifully hit, as in a made-for-TV movie (albeit a lavish, gorgeously photographed one). Unfortunately, they're...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Sometimes it's the most remarkable and heroic figures whom movies can't seem to get right. Such is the case with Mandela: Long Walk to...
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Village Voice

By Michelle Orange
"Mandela" is not without the capacity to move.
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By Scott Foundas
For all its failings, there is one thing about “Long Walk to Freedom” that can’t be denied: Idris Elba gives a towering performance, a...
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By zoejenkins
The film was a wonderful celebration of the man - beautifully acted, great direction and the film was rich in information. Run, do not walk to see it!!...

Great Movie

By Stephaniemcus
The movie was great. I felt like I was right their in South Africa. The acting was very good and entertaining. This is a good family movie for teaching history....

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By cjnnj
I thought this was a good story of a man that made alot of changes. However, it did raise alot of questions that the movie didn't address but that just leaves it to us to read more and find out more...

If you are interested in SA History - go see this movie

By marilynbarnes
The movie tells the history from Mr. Mandela and Winnie Mandela perspective. Violence due to the historical nature of film and the Country's history . Go see it if you want a glimpse into South...

This Movie is a historic MUST GO!!!

By snw4931
I loved this movie and not only the way they presented President Nelson Mandela but also the significance of Winnie Mandela to the end of apartheid in Africa....

Astounding man, conventional movie

By bkborn
The film aims to cover his entire life, far too ambitious even for this long movie, but the focus is myopic on Mandela alone with every other character but Winnie consigned to minuscule unexplored...

Gained additional perspective about wisdom and anger

By sjohn126
This movie was excellent because it enabled me to see an additional perspective on why Mandela was set free. Also, I was able to feel more of what Mandela actually experienced, by viewing this...

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

By marymalhotra
This is a great movie! Well worth the 2.5 hours. It is well paced through 3/4 of it. The last 1/2 hour is a little long but still very good. The actors are excellent. Spread the word because this...

Very inspiring!

By Homegirl Critic
You must see "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." It is very inspiring with some beautiful vistas of South Africa. Idris Elba is a dynamic and intense Nelson Mandela!...


By rudster
I saw this movie for the first time in Johannesburg - a month before its release in the US. It was amazing watching it in the midst of South Africans, literally days before Mandela passed away. The...

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Rated PG-13 | For Disturbing Images, Brief Strong Language, Intense Sequences of Violence and Sexual Content
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Common Sense Media says Nelson Mandela deserves a great movie. This isn't it.
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