80

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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80

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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75

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 imposing performance in the title role.
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75

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 moment.
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75

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 astonishing capacity of forgiveness of Mandela the elder statesman.
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70

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 authorized film version of Nelson Mandela's autobiography.
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67

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 hit with a sledgehammer.
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63

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 Freedom, a biopic that is more dutiful than illuminating.
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50

Village Voice

By Michelle Orange
"Mandela" is not without the capacity to move.
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50

Variety

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 Mandela for the ages.
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60 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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