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Steven Spielberg directs Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come. -- (C) Walt Disney
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's very good, but that's not the point. It's necessary."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"It's the most remarkable movie Steven Spielberg has made in quite a spell, and one of the things that makes it remarkable is how it fulfills those expectations by simultaneously ignoring and transcending them."
‑ Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies
"Spielberg brings a level of tension to what could have been an overly stuff historical period piece. He's supported by a superb cast highlighted by the work of Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President of the United States."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"It makes you think we can still do great things."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"A bit like watching the West Wing played by Amish People. Desperately needed 40 minutes cut out of what is essentially quite a beautifully made movie."
‑ Marc Fennell, Triple J
"'Lincoln' works as a snapshot of a great man without ever slipping into a portrait of sainthood."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Lincoln paints a powerful and compelling portrait of the man who has become an icon. We don't need to see more of his life to understand how rare a figure he was - this window is more than sufficient."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"This is a wonderful film, full of detail and behavior, and one that lifts broadened historical details into a poetic marriage of humanity and triumph."
‑ David Keyes,
"Spielberg and Kushner lend the House scenes so much vigor that "Lincoln" comes fully alive for about half an hour. Then Spielberg tacks on three addenda, and thus dissipates the good will that has developed on both sides of the movie-theater aisle."
‑ Carla Meyer, Sacramento Bee
"Day-Lewis...wears well the weariness of the office and Lincoln's puckish yet subdued sense of humor, scaling the man closer to life-size than Mount Rushmore monumental. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"This is movie magic -- history coming to life, before our eyes."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Lincoln offers proof of what magic can happen when an actor falls in love with his character. Because as great as Day-Lewis has been in his many parts, he has never seemed quite so smitten."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"When it focuses on the political, social, and historical side of things - which is 80% of the film - it's grand, populist, high-minded entertainment."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Spielberg's 'Lincoln' burns itself into your memory like no other film about American politics."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Spielberg's 'Lincoln' gives us the fullest portrait of the man on the five dollar bill that Hollywood has produced."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
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