Saving Lincoln
Saving Lincoln (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 15, 2013
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

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Brent Simon

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.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

Note to filmmakers: Just because you can do something doesn't necessarily mean you should do it.

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Bill Edelstein

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.

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Nora Lee Mandel

The innovative look. . .of thrusting actors directly into archival photographs, . .the primary reason to see the film, is particularly striking. . .as visual authenticity.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Comes off like a View-Master version of a tale already told.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

Imagine the stiffness of a Star Wars prequel but without the bravura technique.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A bold visual feat undermined by an overstuffed, cold and shallow screenplay and awkward theatrical performances.

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