Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
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  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Nov 23, 2013
    38
    A cursory history lesson with no interest in probing the deeper or more complex implications of Mandela's positions and their relationship to his country's shifting landscape.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Nov 29, 2013
    6
    Idris Elba is a gifted actor unable to hone in to one aspect of his iconic character. Director Justin Chadwick goes all in on the performanceIdris Elba is a gifted actor unable to hone in to one aspect of his iconic character. Director Justin Chadwick goes all in on the performance without an angle to challenge it. Long Walk of Freedom is the Mandela show, for better or worse. Full Review »
  2. chw
    Apr 23, 2015
    6
    This movie was poorly acted at times. Idris Elba was good however, everyone else was not as good. The movie was also longer than it should'veThis movie was poorly acted at times. Idris Elba was good however, everyone else was not as good. The movie was also longer than it should've been. The movie is around two hours and twenty minutes, but it should've only been about one hour and fifty five minutes. In other words, it was really boring for the most part. Full Review »
  3. Nov 22, 2014
    5
    If you have a figure that is as important as Nelson Mandela is you need to have a better film based on him than this. I wish they could'veIf you have a figure that is as important as Nelson Mandela is you need to have a better film based on him than this. I wish they could've gotten a bit of a more recognized actor to play Mandela instead of Idris Elba. I found this a little dry and boring. Considering Nelson Mandela died recently I wouldn't be shocked to do another adaption on his life fairly soon. Full Review »