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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 1995Newly 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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Score distribution:
  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
    88
    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: Todd McCarthy
    80
    Inspirational on the face of it, Clint Eastwood's film has a predictable trajectory, but every scene brims with surprising details that accumulate into a rich fabric of history, cultural impressions and emotion.
  4. Not only does Invictus tell a remarkable story of a remarkable man, but it also illustrates how sports can be a salve to a wounded community. And that's something New Orleanians can certainly appreciate.
  5. It's never less than worthy and entertaining, but the importance of Invictus doesn't broaden as it goes along. It narrows.
  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
    50
    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: 46 out of 68
  2. Negative: 11 out of 68
  1. RossW
    May 17, 2010
    10
    Excellent movie. Well done!
  2. EnzoP.
    Dec 21, 2009
    10
    Invictus has to be the best sports movie of the year, it's hard not to like the film with its great actors and inspiring story. I saw it Invictus has to be the best sports movie of the year, it's hard not to like the film with its great actors and inspiring story. I saw it on a boring Monday afternoon with a friend who was playing doodle jump on his Ipod Touch (fun game I recommend it) most of the time but he still liked the parts of the movie that he actually watched. I wasn't expecting the rating I gave it especially because from the critics only one gave it 100. When the movie was over I wasn't sure whether to give this movie a 9 or 10. It would either be close to a 10 but not quite there or a 10 that just made it. So I chose 10 just because of thinking about the errors of the movie. Not many but the reason why it was so close was because most aspects of the film were good not great. For example the big stars in this movie were Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. The both acted good not great because it wasn't that hard of a role to act in. Sure Morgan Freeman had to change his voice and I give him credit for that but what was so hard about Matt's character. All he had to do was gain muscles that he already has. After thinking about this film I don't think their were any errors really just most of the aspects of the movie were just good. The are many things I admire about this movie but one of them truly stands out. That is that there is not a lot to hate about this movie. I mean I am still trying to think of something stupid about this film. There is nothing and I am not sure why people did not like this movie. Overall great film take my word for it see this movie it is freakin awesome. Expand
  3. ScottS.
    Jan 27, 2010
    9
    Excellent, moving yet understated look at a remarkable man and his bravery. Go see it.
  4. Jan 23, 2012
    7
    An excellent movie, with excellent performances, both by Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. I liked this movie, and I don't even like rugby. AAn excellent movie, with excellent performances, both by Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. I liked this movie, and I don't even like rugby. A good sports movie. Expand
  5. Feb 3, 2014
    6
    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 itI 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. NickB.
    Dec 20, 2009
    5
    I think what at least some of the user commentors are confusing, is the story with the film. It's a fantastic story, and a much much I think what at least some of the user commentors are confusing, is the story with the film. It's a fantastic story, and a much much much less than fantastic movie. Expand
  7. JasonJ.
    Jan 26, 2010
    0
    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 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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