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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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United Kingdom, South Africa, France
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2013

Rated PG-13 · 2h 21m

Director Justin Chadwick
Starring Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa
Genre Drama, History
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Born in a rural South African village, Nelson Mandela became a lawyer and then an activist during the anti-apartheid movement, work for which he was eventually imprisoned. Dedicating his life to the cause, Mandela was prepared to do anything for justice in his country. This is the story of what his country was prepared to do for him.

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Meagen Tajalle Profile picture for Meagen Tajalle

Idris Elba and Naomie Harris both give moving performances in this film, which impressively spans most of Mandela's life. The film feels at times more concerned with benchmarks in Mandela's life and the passage of time than it does the particular emotional beats of the story, but overall this biopic is successful in telling the story it sets out to tell.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

60

Time Out by

Bold performance or not, you can see history weighing heavily on Elba’s shoulders (in later scenes as an older man, you can see the makeup, too).
38

Slant Magazine by Andrew Schenker

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.
67

Entertainment Weekly by Chris Nashawaty

All of the highlights are dutifully hit, as in a made-for-TV movie (albeit a lavish, gorgeously photographed one). Unfortunately, they're hit with a sledgehammer.
80

The Telegraph by David Gritten

With the magnificent Elba to anchor it, the film gradually achieves a sort of grandeur, in the manner of the hero it depicts.
70

Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

It is the incendiary work of British actors Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as the couple in question that elevates our involvement in this authorized film version of Nelson Mandela's autobiography.
63

New York Post by Kyle Smith

Provides a different take on its subject than many of us are accustomed to: Nelson Mandela is no Martin Luther King Jr., and he was far more radical than even Malcolm X. If you’re under the impression that his ideas got him imprisoned for 25 years, think again: It was his bombs.
63

Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

A long slog of a movie that insists on hitting the high spots like a Wiki page, which leaves little room to investigate the political and personal changes that altered Mandela's thoughts about violence and its uses.
50

Variety by Scott Foundas

For all its failings, there is one thing about “Long Walk to Freedom” that can’t be denied: Idris Elba gives a towering performance, a Mandela for the ages.
40

The Dissolve by Scott Tobias

As a lesson in how not to make a historical biopic, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom proves remarkably complete: It’s a dull, glossy, uncomplicated portrait of a man whose personal and political legacy is marked by serene idealism and shrewd calculation.

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