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Lincoln Reviews

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January 24, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/10
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
February 1, 2013
One never feels alive or inspired watching this history, merely intrigued, as if watching a film made for a museum exhibit.
Siobhan Synnot
January 21, 2013
This is handsome-looking history, but Spielberg's worshipful treatment slows down its pulse.
Dominic Corry
January 29, 2013
A shamelessly hagiographic chronicling of the final months of the Great Emancipator's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 15, 2012
Even if the movie is no classic, Day-Lewis' performance belongs to the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Victoria Alexander
Film Festival Today
November 12, 2012
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.
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
November 22, 2012
This is a surprisingly bad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.25/5
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
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
November 15, 2012
I expect spectacular things from Spielberg, so when he delivers something that's just average, it's a bit of a letdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
November 15, 2012
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 | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
October 17, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 26, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 9, 2012
For a man so funny, so vital, so literally larger than life, "Lincoln" remains a Daguerreotype - careful, quiet and dully framed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 15, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Sean O'Connell
November 9, 2012
Plays like a two-hour speech, a solemn slog to a foregone conclusion, a dreary march to the inevitable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
November 10, 2012
...historically laughable, it's so boring it makes one yearn to watch grass grow.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
Dustin Putman
November 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: .5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 17, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 7, 2012
In all, there's too much material, too little revelation and almost nothing of Spielberg's reliable cinematic flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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