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7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 163 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 13 out of 163

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  1. Oct 26, 2010
    3
    Just reread William Ernest Henley's poem Invictus. Earnest indeed. It makes me think that the movie could just as well have been title Dickhead. I know that's unseemly but it does seem true.
  2. Nov 26, 2011
    4
    Confusingly and utterly dry and boring through most of the movie. Morgan Freeman does an excellent job as Nelson Mandela but Invictus fails to capture any passion or emotion at all feeling dead and boring the entire way through.
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74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    The wonder of Invictus is that it actually went down this way.
  2. A temperate, evenhanded perhaps overly timid film about an intemperate time in South Africa.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    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.