Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 88
    Eastwood's modest approach to these momentous events shames the usual Hollywood showboating. In a rare achievement, he's made a film that truly is good for the soul.
  2. 88
    Clint Eastwood, a master director, orchestrates all of these notes and has us loving Mandela, proud of Francois and cheering for the plucky Springboks. A great entertainment. Not, as I said, the Mandela biopic I would have expected.
  3. 88
    This movie depicts an unlikely intersection of sports and leadership in ways that manage to be inspiring and insightful without ever becoming schmaltzy or preachy.
  4. 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.
  5. What makes it special is Eastwood's ability to artfully and concisely tell a story, and Morgan Freeman's wonderfully understated turn as South African President Nelson Mandela.
  6. How is Invictus as a sports movie? Let's just say that its lump-in-the-throat climax is predictable, but that doesn't mean it's less than earned.
  7. 100
    It’s an exciting sports movie, an inspiring tale of prejudice overcome and, above all, a fascinating study of political leadership.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 155 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 65
  2. Negative: 11 out of 65
  1. Jan 23, 2012
    An 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. Full Review »
  2. Mar 4, 2014
    A movie meant to inspire but has very little. While the performances were above par, the choppy editing and clumsy ending stop it from becoming emotionally gripping. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »