Winnie Mandela Synopsis
The story of South African politician Winnie Mandela (Jennifer Hudson).
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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...
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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

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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...
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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...
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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...
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WINNIE MANDELA

By ayeshamuhammad
I TRULY LOVED THIS FILM. THE ACTING WAS AMAZING. I WAS TRULY HONORED TO HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA AND THE LIFE OF MR MANDELA AND HIS WIFE. TRULY HAD AN AHA MOMENT. MS HUDSON ACTING...

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By astnfld
this is going to be a tear jerker movie and its going to show the struggle of how the mandelas got there its going to be people upset and its going to tell you what really happen its going to be a...

Great Movie

By portiabaker
I really enjoyed learning more about South Africa during Nelson Mandela's early years and learning what Minnie had to do to survive while he was in prison. The movies spans from the 1950's to the...

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By janncoles
The acting was very good and I enjoyed the movie....

Great!

By notek
Great acting, great movie! Terrance Howard and Jennifer Hudson put on an incredible performance! although Hudson did a fine portrayal in her acting debut in Dreamgirls, her performance in Winnie...

Outstanding.

By katemcgoey
Jennifer deserves an Oscar for her incredible performance....

Outstanding

By pattersl
What outstanding and spectacular performances by Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard. I really enjoyed the movie tremendously....

loved it

By thaskins409
learned a lot about the struggle and how enduring to persevere does not always end how you intended....

Sheds a different light on Winnie

By dee_kay
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By dawesto
This Movie Is Very Good & Historical. It Shows How Winnie Has Power & It Scared The People Of South Africa. Very Good Movie...

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Rated R | For for some violence and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Biopic is well acted but uneven and violent.
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