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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: B+
It makes you think we can still do great things.
| Original Score: A
It's very good, but that's not the point. It's necessary.
Spielberg's 'Lincoln' burns itself into your memory like no other film about American politics.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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]
Spielberg's 'Lincoln' gives us the fullest portrait of the man on the five dollar bill that Hollywood has produced.
| Original Score: 8/10
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.
A spellbinding performance and a beautifully nuanced film about statesmanship, quiet contemplation and - above all else - principle.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Once you settle in, this is an educational and enlightening epic. Yes, it can be ponderous, but for the most part, Lincoln is entertaining.
A powerful and brilliant look at the most important moment in US history...
A remarkable performance by Daniel Day-Lewis is the glue that holds Lincoln together. Without him, this would be a very unremarkable film.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
For the most part Lincoln is not a significant inclusion into Spielberg's filmography despite the noblest of intentions and undeniable cinematic craftsmanship.
A focused, remarkably human production, anchored by Day-Lewis' understated performance as the softly spoken, long winded, devilishly funny Abraham
Those interested in the subject matter should find it informative, eye-opening and rewarding.
| Original Score: A-
Lincoln is a far more reckless, entertaining, unusual, but ultimately horribly uneven film than its pedigree may suggest.
This is easily Spielberg's best picture since Schindler's List. Having a two-term black president now in the White House can't hurt its chances, either.
| Original Score: 4/5