Clint Eastwood's 'Invictus' is a stirring biographical portrait of the legendary Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman), who, under apartheid, was held as a political prisoner for 27 years. The film begins with the moment Mandela is released from prison and as he steps into the shoes as the leader of an embattled nation, South Africa. In his struggle to bridge the ever-widening gap between the historically wronged South African blacks and the white Afrikaners, Mandela utilizes the national rugby team and its captain Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon) to mend old wounds and bring the people together as the team faces off in the heated 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Often the biopic is a controversial genre when it comes to movie-making, especially when a film portrays a highly notable and recognizable figure in the recent history of civil rights and global peace, such as Mandela. The critics have mostly embraced Eastwood's latest cinematic feast, but don't take our word for it. After the jump you'll find several 'Invictus' reviews from some of our nation's most intelligent, discerning critics.
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