The Better Angels
The Better Angels (2014)

Indiana, 1817. The entire nation, only 40 years old and a few years removed from a second war of independence, is raw. Men, women, and children alike must battle nature and disease to survive in remote log cabins. This is young Abraham… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 7, 2014
DVD Release Date: March 3, 2015
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Malick-inspired but not as inspired as Malick, The Better Angels muffles an interesting idea under ponderous execution.

Jeff Labrecque
Entertainment Weekly

It feels more like a poem. Or, at times, a symphony. But it's much less effective as an actual movie.

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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail

A gorgeous look at the raw, wooded Indiana of the early 1800s and a dreamy study of the boy Lincoln who was destined to leave it behind.

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Jordan Raup
The Film Stage

The Better Angels makes for a sublime, transfixing, and informative look at the early life of Abraham Lincoln.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

"God tells truths in parables," someone says - a line that Edwards most likely aspires to take possession of, as if his poetic, pictorial parable had its own truths to tell.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

History, as subject matter, is hard enough to sell as cinema. The Better Angels will not make the struggle any easier.

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Joe Bendel
Epoch Times

Visually, Angels is a true work of art. Each and every frame of Matthew J. Lloyd's black-and-white cinematography is suitable for framing.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The narrative is gentle and sparse. The beautifully photographed imagery, shot in elegant, deep-focus black-and-white, is exceptional. The music is richly classical.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Had Terrence Malick taken a shot at making a Ken Burns movie, it would probably have turned out better than "The Better Angels," A.J. Edwards's humorless, pretentious black-and-white tone poem about a very young Abe Lincoln.

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

Kudos to this young director for making quite a good film -- even if the guiding hand of Malick is present in every shot.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Edwards doesn't even try to hide the obvious and unoriginal way that he emulates Malick's style, and he seems more concerned with creating a powerful… More