• 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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Spielberg's plodding camera endlessly tracks and circles Day-Lewis in complete reverence, while veteran composer John Williams delivers yet another repetitive Jurassic Extra-Terrestrial score.

Full Review Source: UTV | Original Score: 3/10

January 24, 2013
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

One never feels alive or inspired watching this history, merely intrigued, as if watching a film made for a museum exhibit.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

February 1, 2013
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman

This is handsome-looking history, but Spielberg's worshipful treatment slows down its pulse.

Full Review Source: Scotsman

January 21, 2013
Dominic Corry
Flicks.co.nz

A shamelessly hagiographic chronicling of the final months of the Great Emancipator's life.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 2/5

January 29, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Even if the movie is no classic, Day-Lewis' performance belongs to the ages.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

November 15, 2012
Victoria Alexander
Film Festival Today

Long, cheesy political monologues and crucifies the Lincoln legacy. What a torture! Director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner turn the hallowed figure of Abraham Lincoln into a dreary sop.

Full Review Source: Film Festival Today

November 12, 2012
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review

This is a surprisingly bad movie.

Full Review Source: Reno News and Review | Original Score: 2.25/5

November 22, 2012

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
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

I expect spectacular things from Spielberg, so when he delivers something that's just average, it's a bit of a letdown.

Full Review Source: Film Geek Central | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 15, 2012
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

An airless, directionless lump of a movie that somehow makes dependably committed work from star Daniel Day-Lewis feel like an audition tape for the "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" audio-animatronic gig at Disneyland.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C

November 15, 2012
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO ESSAY] Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is a mess.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

October 17, 2012
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Não é um retrato multidimensional de um indivíduo complexo, mas uma fábula. Um letreiro de "Era uma vez..." em seu início não ficaria deslocado.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 2/5

January 26, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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For a man so funny, so vital, so literally larger than life, "Lincoln" remains a Daguerreotype - careful, quiet and dully framed.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 9, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Spielberg is legendary for his visual feasts, yet he serves us this turkey with no relish. There's scarcely a memorable image in the entire film.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

November 15, 2012
Sean O'Connell
CinemaBlend.com

Plays like a two-hour speech, a solemn slog to a foregone conclusion, a dreary march to the inevitable.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 9, 2012
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times

...historically laughable, it's so boring it makes one yearn to watch grass grow.

Full Review Source: Tolucan Times | Original Score: 0/10

November 10, 2012
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

Watching the film, which is so emotionally frigid it could chill a person clear to the bone, it is impossible to even entertain the vision of a filmmaker such as Steven Spielberg being behind the camera.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: .5/4

November 8, 2012
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

For all its good intentions and spurts of innovation, it never really comes alive as living, breathing history. Instead, it too often plays like an audio reading of the Congressional Record, with some unwieldy domestic scenes tossed in for good measure.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 17, 2012
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com

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
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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In all, there's too much material, too little revelation and almost nothing of Spielberg's reliable cinematic flair.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

November 7, 2012
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