• PG-13, 2 hr. 29 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Steven Spielberg
    In Theaters:
    Nov 16, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 26, 2013
  • Dreamworks Pictures


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Lincoln Reviews

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

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.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

December 15, 2013
David Keyes

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.

Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 6, 2013
Eric D. Snider

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.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B+

July 27, 2013
Will Leitch

It makes you think we can still do great things.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: A

June 23, 2013
David Thomson
The New Republic
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It's very good, but that's not the point. It's necessary.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 14, 2013
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

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.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 28, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Spielberg's 'Lincoln' burns itself into your memory like no other film about American politics.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: A

May 13, 2013
Marc Fennell
Triple J

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.

Full Review Source: Triple J | Original Score: 3/5

April 8, 2013
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 2, 2013
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Spielberg's 'Lincoln' gives us the fullest portrait of the man on the five dollar bill that Hollywood has produced.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

March 24, 2013
Kevin A. Ranson

Pushing this film as merely 'Lincoln' is something of an injustice to the man himself, as if audiences wouldn't have any interest in the actual story of the film.

Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com | Original Score: 2.0/4.0

March 23, 2013
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Movies With Butter

Somewhere in there, Lincoln will call upon [his administration's] faculties and better sense, and the film about him will ask something similar of us.

Full Review Source: Movies With Butter

March 18, 2013
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground

A spellbinding performance and a beautifully nuanced film about statesmanship, quiet contemplation and - above all else - principle.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 3, 2013
Matt Neal
The Standard

Once you settle in, this is an educational and enlightening epic. Yes, it can be ponderous, but for the most part, Lincoln is entertaining.

Full Review Source: The Standard | Original Score: 3/5

February 28, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A powerful and brilliant look at the most important moment in US history...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

February 23, 2013

Oddly, Spielberg chooses to set his gabby epic largely indoors...This gives Lincoln a rather inert feel...It's infuriating that spectacular battle scenes are described in the film, but not shown.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 2/5

February 15, 2013
Tim Martain
The Mercury

A remarkable performance by Daniel Day-Lewis is the glue that holds Lincoln together. Without him, this would be a very unremarkable film.

Full Review Source: The Mercury | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 11, 2013

Spielberg's guarded representation of Honest Abe highlights some problems with the biopic format, especially in terms of veracity, and especially in terms of how we can (or can't) measure accuracy as the years roll by.

Full Review Source: Crikey

February 7, 2013
Simon Foster

Every ounce of time-honoured respect a nation has seen fit to bestow upon The Great Emancipator is addressed frame by frame in Steven Spielberg's stately masterwork, Lincoln.

Full Review Source: Screen-Space

February 7, 2013
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

For the most part Lincoln is not a significant inclusion into Spielberg's filmography despite the noblest of intentions and undeniable cinematic craftsmanship.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 6, 2013
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