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  • Summary: Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match. (Warner Bros.) Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 100
    It’s an exciting sports movie, an inspiring tale of prejudice overcome and, above all, a fascinating study of political leadership.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Invictus, which is Latin for "unconquered," gives the poem several meanings in the context of the film. It also applies to Eastwood, who, as one of America's greatest storytellers, finds enthralling tales and fashions them with finesse and an indomitable spirit.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Damon, beefed up for the occasion, makes Pienaar a stalwart yet courtly figure. Freeman infuses Mandela's speeches with the same gentleness and gravity he's brought to his numerous God roles and the Visa Olympics commercials. But the real deity here is Eastwood, still chugging away handsomely in his 80th year.
  4. 75
    It’s a simplistic, superficial approach to a real-life story that marginalizes most historical details not involving scrums and tackles. It’s also pretty effective, in spite of the gloss.
  5. 75
    Eastwood has crafted something that works both as a sports drama and as an examination of the birth pains of the racially unified South Africa.
  6. Narratively, we all know where the trajectory of the story is headed, thus the culminating match (nearly 20 minutes) takes up too much screen time without adding anything new to the drama.
  7. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    As a non-South African, I can't speak to the accuracy of the movie's racial politics, but they feel insultingly vague.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 65
  2. Negative: 11 out of 65
  1. RossW
    May 17, 2010
    Excellent movie. Well done!
  2. Picbel
    Dec 18, 2009
    The film is, in my opinion, an accurate depiction of the world cup and took me back to the euphoria and celebrations. One scene I really liked was the little street child listening in on the match with the cops. It got so many things right and painted everyone in a positive light - a true gem and uplifting experience. Well done, Mr. Eastwood Expand
  3. ScottS.
    Jan 27, 2010
    Excellent, moving yet understated look at a remarkable man and his bravery. Go see it.
  4. KoosP
    Dec 16, 2009
    Pretty good movie!! historically very correct! And even as a South African, you are oblivious of a lot of this going on in your country.. I was ashamed how people were treated.. but.. we shal prevail! Expand
  5. Feb 3, 2014
    I think the acting in this movie from Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon really save this movie for me. It isn't a bad movie at all but it certainly could have been better. I don't have too much of a knowledge on the actual history (or rugby even) and I didn't feel like I finished the movie with much more than I started with, which is kind of disappointing. Expand
  6. BillyS.
    Dec 15, 2009
    If anyone cared about rugby, Invictus might just be a decent sports film, instead we the greatest African-American actor alive today pretending to be Nelson Mandella wholly on his slight resemblence of him. Morgan Freeman is Morgan Freeman in Invictus, no make-up, no accent, just Morgan Freeman and his heavenly voice reading scripted lines intending to make us believe he is Mandella. He didn't, not for me anyway. A big disappointment after such high hopes. Expand
  7. JasonJ.
    Jan 26, 2010
    They cheated and gave the All Blicks food posening. Shame on Cint for making such an untruth. its like making a movies where the enigma code was cracked by the yanks in WW2. Expand

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