63

RogerEbert.com

Ultimately, Winnie is a woman who seems to embody the paradoxes of her country's turbulent history.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
A serviceable if sometimes overwrought biography, with solid performances and the courage to spotlight not only the heroics but the appalling misdeeds committed by the iconic Ms. Mandela.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Winnie begins as hagiography and ends in hellish confusion.
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50

Village Voice

A story that probably could have been told better as a miniseries, the film's main strength is its performances.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Winnie Mandela is a simplistic look at a complex figure.
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40

The Dissolve

By Aisha Harris
Director Darrell Roodt’s by-the-numbers biopic suffers from clunky dialogue and shallow characterization, all while never deciding what to make of its leading lady.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Any urgency the movie has comes from co-star Terrence Howard, a firebrand of an actor who can’t be contained by a paint-by-numbers script.
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40

Variety

By Peter Debruge
Decently acted despite screenplay shortcomings.
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40

Time Out New York

This twist doesn’t so much probe the situation’s ambiguities as reflect the filmmaker’s uncertainty about how to properly portray a major historical figure in all her troubling complexity.
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30

Los Angeles Times

By Sheri Linden
Like many a biopic before it, Winnie Mandela shoehorns an exceptional life into the standard template of a highlights reel, lurching from one Important Moment to the next.
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37 out of 100
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