12.09.09 by REELZ
Invictus, the Clint Eastwood-directed sports drama starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela, opens in limited release this weekend. And while Up in The Air is getting all the early Oscar buzz, Freeman did split The National Board of Review's Best Actor award with George Clooney.
"...Invictus, while it does have moments of stodgy uplift, is more fascinating — and intelligent, and moving — than it sounds."
— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Invictus is a very good story very well told."
— Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A temperate, evenhanded perhaps overly timid film about an intemperate time in South Africa."
— Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"There's no disputing these events occurred, and yet Invictus consistently refracts them through a passably inoffensive lens that affords no room for interpretation, surprises, or electricity. It's just as one might remember those legitimately groundbreaking, heart-swelling events, only duller."
— Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Like every Eastwood production, Invictus is stately, handsomely mounted, attentive to detail right down to the Marmite adorning the team's breakfast buffet, and relentlessly conventional."
— Ella Taylor, Village Voice