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2013 3.0/5 IMDb 7.1/10 (21k) PG-13 SuperHD 141 minutes

This in-depth biopic portrays groundbreaking South African leader Nelson Mandela's fight against political oppression and virulent racism.

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Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Simo Mogwaza, Fana Mokoena, Thapelo Mokoena, Jamie Bartlett, Deon Lotz, Terry Pheto Directed by Justin Chadwick

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Languages: English, Spanish

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Awards
  • Nominee, Golden Globe Awards - Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee 2014 Idris Elba
NYT Critics' Pick: The High Road Through a Struggle Is Never Easy to Navigate

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is a stately film biography of Nelson Mandela, starring Idris Elba. — Stephen Holden Read the review

Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
  58%   68%
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®
 

Even those familiar with the history will be impressed and moved to see these events as Mandela experienced them, before the Nobel Prize and universal adulation recast the past in a glow of inevitability.

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2013-12-26

 

Elba has long been better than the film roles he's been offered, a tradition that continues with his leading role here.

Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic, 2013-12-25

 

Though it's a story we've heard so often that we perhaps take it for granted, seeing all the events of this remarkable journey laid out for us in a two-hour and 21-minute feature underlines its not-to-be-believed qualities.

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2013-12-24

 

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom does a worthy job of honoring both its subject and its audience.

Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, 2013-12-24

 

Elba may not look...like the South African leader, but his sheer presence makes you believe he is channeling him. Still, [it] falls frustratingly short as a cinematic experience, trying to cram too much of Mandela's colorful life into too little time.

Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com, 2013-12-24

 

[A] vibrant, engaging film adapted from Mandela's 2000 autobiography.

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2013-12-24

 

The restrained intensity of Idris Elba's performance as Nelson Mandela ennobles this ambitiously sprawling biopic.

David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, 2013-12-24

 

A conventional biopic made anything but conventional by the magnitude of its subject's life and accomplishments, and by Idris Elba's imposing performance in the title role.

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2013-12-24

 

At almost 6 feet 3 inches, [Elba is] too big for physical similitude, but big enough in dramatic presence to measure up to his character's courage and moral stature.

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2013-12-02

 

Nelson Mandela gets the Classics Illustrated treatment with this handsome, undemanding biopic.

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2013-12-26

 

The life of Nelson Mandela is simply too big, too complex and too important to be contained in one movie.

Tom Long, Detroit News, 2013-12-26

 

You keep wishing, as "Mandela" plays out, that this were more than one movie.

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2013-12-24

 

Aside from some youthful randiness early in the film, it wouldn't be out of place at a state funeral.

Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2013-12-24

 

This movie begs to be compared to epics such as "Reds" and "Gandhi." But while Elba embodies a dignified hero, the film itself is less than revolutionary.

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2013-12-24

 

[A] conventional, high-minded, rather pedestrian movie ...

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2013-12-24

 

There will one day surely be a great film about Nelson Mandela, one that shows the man in all of his glory as both revolutionary and peacemaker. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom isn't that film.

Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2013-12-24

 

There's so much crammed into this 139-minute movie that it often leaps from one event to the next too swiftly to make much of an emotional impact.

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2013-12-24

 

Unfortunately, this reverent and old-fashioned biopic is a prime example of the kind of inspirational movie that is, itself, uninspired.

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2013-12-24

 

Superior acting aside, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" feels like a film you watch because you should, not because you want to.

Tony Hicks, San Jose Mercury News, 2013-12-18

 

Maybe Mandela is one of those historical figures whose life is greater, more larger-than-life, than any mere movie could ever do justice to.

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2013-12-02