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Lincoln Reviews

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
Tasked with dramatizing some of the most significant moments of the 19th century, Spielberg shoots the picture as a bustling ensemble comedy.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/4
David Keyes
August 6, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
July 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: B+
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
It makes you think we can still do great things.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 14, 2013
It's very good, but that's not the point. It's necessary.
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
May 28, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
Spielberg's 'Lincoln' burns itself into your memory like no other film about American politics.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Marc Fennell
Triple J
April 8, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
April 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
March 24, 2013
Spielberg's 'Lincoln' gives us the fullest portrait of the man on the five dollar bill that Hollywood has produced.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kevin A. Ranson
March 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Movies With Butter
March 18, 2013
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.
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 3, 2013
A spellbinding performance and a beautifully nuanced film about statesmanship, quiet contemplation and - above all else - principle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
February 28, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 23, 2013
A powerful and brilliant look at the most important moment in US history...
February 15, 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 | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
February 11, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 7, 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.
Simon Foster
February 7, 2013
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.
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