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Saving Lincoln
The story of Mr. Lincoln and his self-appointed bodyguard, U.S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon - a banjo-playing Southerner who foiled repeated attempts on the President's life, and kept him functioning during the darkest hours of the Civil War. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film feels like an animated Wikipedia page, just sort of running through the greatest hits of Lincoln's life in office - the Emancipation Proclamation! Gettysburg! The Theater! - without any real insight."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Litvak's shoestring production sketches in episodes from Lincoln's entire administration, including a strange "Dixie'' singalong on the White House steps to mark the end of the war."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"An ancillary curio about the man and his struggles, at least for history buffs, and an unusual exception to an old screenwriting rule -- a movie whose framing device benefits it much more than its actual execution."
‑ Brent Simon,
"The film suggests a way modestly budgeted movies can approach historical epochs and figures in a provocative and arresting manner."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt,
"Film about Abraham Lincoln and his "best friend" and bodyguard is weakened by a bare-bones script, but greatly strengthened by the director's invention of a visual technique that even Steven Spielberg might envy."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"Note to filmmakers: Just because you can do something doesn't necessarily mean you should do it."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"The script, while largely historically accurate, is undermined by stilted dialogue, and the pic is laced with ill-fitting parts that wind up literally all over the matte."
‑ Bill Edelstein, Variety
"The innovative look. . .of thrusting actors directly into archival photographs, . .the primary reason to see the film, is particularly striking. . .as visual authenticity."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"Under even the best of circumstances, Saving Lincoln would have to inevitably face the scrutiny of potential redundancy."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Like a movie-watching day in class that makes you miss the thrilling rhetoric of a lecture."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"Comes off like a View-Master version of a tale already told."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Imagine the stiffness of a Star Wars prequel but without the bravura technique."
‑ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"A bold visual feat undermined by an overstuffed, cold and shallow screenplay and awkward theatrical performances."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"This simulated, caricatured curiosity is another Lincoln log that's recommended primarily for history-buffs."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"A fresh take on The Great Emancipator from the point-of-view of a trusted companion who had been at the President's side at Gettysburg and for many historical moments but not on the day he died."
‑ Kam Williams,
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