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5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 51
  2. Negative: 8 out of 51
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  1. Dec 19, 2013
    10
    My parents and I LOVED this movie. Reminded us of Gandhi both the film (brilliant acting, fascinating history) and the man. We highly recommended it!
  2. Dec 28, 2013
    7
    The title pretty much sums it up: a walk with Nelson from rural boyhood to his election as South Africa's first democratically-elected president. Much of the journey is taken up with his early fight against apartheid and the subsequent 22 years in jail. To anyone who hasn't read the autobiography on which the film is based, this will provide interesting details about his personal life andThe title pretty much sums it up: a walk with Nelson from rural boyhood to his election as South Africa's first democratically-elected president. Much of the journey is taken up with his early fight against apartheid and the subsequent 22 years in jail. To anyone who hasn't read the autobiography on which the film is based, this will provide interesting details about his personal life and political struggles. Although Idris Elba (Mandela) and Naomie Harris (his wife Winnie) both create rich characters and the narrative is compelling, the whole thing lacks emotional power. The prison years are the most absorbing. It should take 2+ hours to chronicle a great man's life, but it feels too long and sometimes too simplistic. Still, an informative history lesson. Expand
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60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Dec 30, 2013
    60
    It’s vivid, substantial and works hard to be worthy, but as it ticks off the milestones of a monumental life it flickers more often than it really catches fire.
  2. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Dec 28, 2013
    67
    He decided early on what he wanted and pursued it straightforwardly all his life. That rarely yields riveting drama, however well-intentioned filmmakers may be.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 25, 2013
    50
    The movie is extremely well produced, it features two excellent lead performances, and it is dull.