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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)



Critic Consensus: It might be too respectful to truly soar, but there's no denying Idris Elba's impressive work in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom -- or the inspirational power of the life it depicts.

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MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country's once segregated society. Idris Elba (PROMETHEUS) stars as Nelson Mandela with Justin Chadwick (THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL) directing. (c) Weinstein

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Idris Elba
as Nelson Mandela
Naomie Harris
as Winnie Mandela
Tony Kgoroge
as Walter Sisulu
Riaad Moosa
as Ahmed Kathrada
Jamie Bartlett
as James Gregory
Lindiwe Matshikiza
as Zindzi Mandela
Deon Lotz
as Kobie Coetzee
Zolani Mkiva
as Raymond Mhlaba
Robert Hobbs (II)
as Chief Warder
Carl Beukes
as Niels Barnard
Mark Elderkin
as Sophiatown Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (36)

Not so much a drama as a kind of protracted educational video, the message driven home by a soupily emotional score and repeated flashbacks, sometimes in slo-mo, to Mandela's golden memories of the past, bathed in sunlight.

January 3, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There is no fun in Mandela; no life either. Couldn't we have had some controversy-stirring candour about this true-life hero in his early terrorist phase?

January 2, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

A worthy, if unadventurous biopic of the recently departed South African political icon.

January 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/5

If it is a bit stately, that is understandable: his life story really is extraordinary. The movie pays homage - in good faith.

January 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

December 26, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

December 26, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom


Idris Elba does an impressive job in this respectful and nicely crafted biopic that is unfortunately not so engaging from an emotional point of view nor as memorable as the man who inspired it, and the jumps in time only contribute to dilute our involvement.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

four stars

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MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

A deeply moving, very emotional and extremely powerful motion picture. An unforgettable and extraordinary movie that is packed with great character development, passion, heart and emotion all in a thrilling true story. It's a bold and unapologetic history lesson that digs deep and shows us things we were not aware of and make you respect Mandela more, and see more of his inner and political struggle. Idris Elba is absolutely magnificent, he gives one of the best performances of his career and truly one of the best performances by a male lead in 2013. Naomie Harris gives a remarkable and riveting performance, she truly shines in this role. Harris and Elba give fantastic dedication to their roles. A breathtaking triumph. A movie that is gorgeously crafted and also shakes and moves you.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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