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Based on 32 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 9 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A long slog of a movie that insists on hitting the high spots like a Wiki page, which leaves little room to investigate the political and personal changes that altered Mandela's thoughts about violence and its uses. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Elba's performance is commanding and physically meticulous. As he ages through the film, he takes on the stiff gracefulness of the elderly Mandela, so familiar to us from news footage. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 80
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    Mandela is straightforward storytelling of a type that’s somewhat out of fashion, but ultimately no less stirring for it. show more

  • 40
    Jordan Hoffman

    He spent 28 years in prison and this is what he gets? show more

  • 55
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    The film was shot entirely in South Africa, and revels in golden light on dry yellow grasslands. But it's still a very British movie, a respectful view from a suitable distance. show more

  • 75
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Looming large above this “Long Walk” is Elba, in a mostly still performance, one of quietly compelling authority that dominates every moment. show more

  • 63
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    A better primer-for-the-uninitiated than an in-depth, fresh and insightful examination of a famous and remarkable life. show more

  • January 02, 2014 ANN
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    there were less than five people in the movie theater today; movie deserves better than that

  • December 28, 2013 ag00000000176124
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    People should watch this movie. Its a great example of government propaganda. Wake up people and learn the truth.

  • December 26, 2013 Virginia
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    Excellent must see. Loved all of it.

  • December 26, 2013 debdavisdesigner
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    Excellent! A must see!!!

  • December 09, 2013 cdobson11
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    seriously propaganda? you obviously have not read the book a long walk to freedom which is the autobiography of Nelson Mandela your comment simply states how ignorant you are

  • December 08, 2013 Manny Sarmiento
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    Aweful movie! It is a propaganda movie and not the truth about Mandela! Worst Movie Ever! I\'d rather watch a Britney Spears movie!

  • November 29, 2013 jy00000000172474
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    Provokes every emotion. Oscar worthy in all categories. Could be a bit shorter, other than that, a must see!

  • November 24, 2013 sbuchanan35
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    worst movie I have ever walked out on

  • November 18, 2013 dim250
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    Strong film, well-acted, fast moving, a little too long. Don\'t miss it. Should receive Academy Award noms in all categories.

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