"[A] very good story very well told....Every scene brims with surprising details that accumulate into a rich fabric of history, cultural impressions and emotion."
Variety - Todd McCarthy (11/27/2009)
"Nothing speaks so dramatically about Clint Eastwood's recent and remarkable burst of creativity as a director of awards-worthy films than the appearance of INVICTUS..."
Hollywood Reporter - Kirk Honeycutt (11/27/2009)
3 stars out of 5 -- "INVICTUS is a salubrious amalgam of history and sports suitable for family viewing."
Box Office Magazine - John P. McCarthy (12/01/2009)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Eastwood's modest approach to these momentous events shames the usual Hollywood showboating....He's made a film that truly is good for the soul."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (12/24/2009)
"Freeman lets the words breathe, and Damon, as the cautious Afrikaner brought to a higher place by Mandela's authority, acts with a coolly impassive fervor." -- Grade: B+
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (12/18/2009)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Director Clint Eastwood cleverly fuses a political tale and a sports story and serves fact-based inspiration....[With] two stellar performances and a story that stirs hearts and intrigues minds."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (12/11/2009)
"[T]he director has turned out a stirring drama about South African leader Nelson Mandela, blending entertainment, social message and history lesson..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (12/11/2009)
"[Featuring] the convergence of a great actor and a great character. Morgan Freeman playing Nelson Mandela is lie a virtuoso playing Bach on a Stradivarius while moving serenely around the room."
Wall Street Journal (12/11/2009)
"[A] rousing true story of athletic triumph....An absorbing character study of one of the most extraordinary characters of our time..."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (12/11/2009)
3 stars out of 4 -- "[Damon] has become the most unlikely Hollywood rarity: a character actor with a matinee-idol face."
Washington Post (12/11/2009)
3 stars out of 5 -- "Though Freeman's voice is deeper than Mandela's, he catches the former President's cadences exactly..."
Total Film - Philip Kemp (01/15/2009)
4 stars out of 5 -- "Eastwood maintains momentum....[He] perhaps encourages many to want to learn more about what happened either side of this glorious moment, expertly brought to life again."
Uncut - Chris Roberts (01/26/2010)
3 stars out of 5 -- "[N]oble, elegant, warm-hearted and dedicated to Anthony Peckham's solidly faithful adaptation of John Carlin's book."
Empire - Ian Nathan (01/29/2010)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Based on the real events that transpired in South Africa in the early and mid-90s this is another solid offering from Hollywood's most consistent director, Clint Eastwood."