Lincoln (2012)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 16, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Daniel Day-Lewis characteristically delivers in this witty, dignified portrait that immerses the audience in its world and entertains even as it informs.

David Thomson
The New Republic

It's very good, but that's not the point. It's necessary.

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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies

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.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

In the same way Ben Kingsley was born to play Gandhi, Daniel Day-Lewis was born to play the 16th president of the United States; it's a wholesale suspension of disbelief.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

'Lincoln' works as a snapshot of a great man without ever slipping into a portrait of sainthood.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

Masterfully crafted as it is -- and it certainly captures the man and a moment in time -- Lincoln comes across as a pious history lesson, and, strangely for Spielberg, lacks the entertainment and emotion we may have expected.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

This is movie magic -- history coming to life, before our eyes.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

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J. Olson

Daniel Day-Lewis' performance is one-note, but what a note it is!

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This pathetic melodrama is always more interesting when focusing on the politics involved but a very schmaltzy "life lesson" whenever Lincoln appears… More
Bathsheba Monk
First off: lots of history here that I didn't know. I didn't understand the legal technicalities of wanting a constitutional amendment to free the… More
Kevin M. Williams
Spielberg updates Triumph of the Will for a liberal American agenda; and that's what's wrong with this overview on the efforts to free the American… More
Jason Lalljee
Not only intimate and engaging, Lincoln also presents a surprisingly thoughtful and relevant political perspective. Spielberg has never been adept at making… More
Tony Gandía
Spielberg and Day-Lewis are masterful in "Lincoln". The material is rife with C-SPAN-like moments rendered quite compelling due to their execution.… More
Thomas Johnston
I guess the hype sucked me in to expecting more.