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  • Summary: Through her fierce determination and dauntless courage, Winnie Mandela survived her husband's imprisonment, continuous harassment by the security police, banishment to a small Free State town, betrayal by friends and allies, and more than a year in solitary confinement - all the while keeping the name of Nelson Mandela alive. A sensitive and balanced portrayal, the film nevertheless thoroughly investigates and honestly examines the controversies that dogged Winnie Mandela in recent years. [dfilms] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Sep 6, 2013
    63
    A serviceable if sometimes overwrought biography, with solid performances and the courage to spotlight not only the heroics but the appalling misdeeds committed by the iconic Ms. Mandela.
  2. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Sep 4, 2013
    50
    A story that probably could have been told better as a miniseries, the film's main strength is its performances.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 6, 2013
    50
    Despite the marquee names and their obvious talent, the film feels like a made-for-TV movie. It’s slight and episodic, with a weirdly scrupulous ambivalence about its subject, whom it seems torn between loving and loathing.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Aug 30, 2013
    40
    Solid performances are undercut by lack of storytelling integrity in this plodding biopic.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 4, 2013
    40
    Decently acted despite screenplay shortcomings.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Sep 6, 2013
    38
    The film's tonal inconsistencies speak less to the struggles of its titular subject than to its own grasp-exceeding ambitions.
  7. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 5, 2013
    30
    Like many a biopic before it, Winnie Mandela shoehorns an exceptional life into the standard template of a highlights reel, lurching from one Important Moment to the next.

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