• 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

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
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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'Lincoln' works as a snapshot of a great man without ever slipping into a portrait of sainthood.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

January 22, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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This is movie magic -- history coming to life, before our eyes.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 8, 2013
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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It's the most remarkable movie Steven Spielberg has made in quite a spell, and one of the things that makes it remarkable is how it fulfills those expectations by simultaneously ignoring and transcending them.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 5/5

November 19, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Lincoln paints a powerful and compelling portrait of the man who has become an icon. We don't need to see more of his life to understand how rare a figure he was - this window is more than sufficient.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 18, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Lincoln offers proof of what magic can happen when an actor falls in love with his character. Because as great as Day-Lewis has been in his many parts, he has never seemed quite so smitten.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 16, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The film masterfully captures the dual dilemmas facing the president in the final months of his life: how to bring the war between the states to an end, and how to eradicate slavery, once and for all.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 15, 2012
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Lincoln is a stirring reminder that politics can be noble. Might there be a lesson here for today's shrill D.C. discourse? 'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A

November 15, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Day-Lewis' voice is thin and reedy, which jibes with historical accounts but subverts our expectations. His attitude makes listeners lean in, and so do we, magnetized by his kindly reserve.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

November 15, 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
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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If it sounds like so much backroom politicking, it is. But it's exceptionally interesting, entertaining backroom politicking.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 15, 2012
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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The true tussle of the movie, however, is between the Spielberg who, like a cinematic Sandburg, is drawn aloft toward legend and the Spielberg who is tugged down by Kushner's intricate screenplay toward documentary grit.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

November 15, 2012
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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"A richly detailed interpretation of all the backroom deals, political horse- trading and compromises Lincoln and his allies had to make to put an end to slavery in America.

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

November 13, 2012
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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Lincoln is the work of a different director, one truly fascinated by why his subjects do what they do, one who invests each moment with the artistry he has often reserved for setpieces.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 13, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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There are long stretches that are as quiet, contemplative, and austere as anything Spielberg has ever done.

Full Review Source: Slate

November 9, 2012
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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Lincoln is a film about the arts of suasion-one that encompasses oratory and extortion, conciliation and conspiracy, arms twisted and cheeks turned. It is a film, in short, about politics.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

November 9, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Day-Lewis's Lincoln is the spiritual center of the film, but he's ringed by a multitudinous cast of characters.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

November 9, 2012
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
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Lincoln serves history better than it does the multiplex, and that's a brave and worthy thing in a time of slippery truths and splintered attention spans.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

November 9, 2012
Stephanie Zacharek
Film.com
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Its characters, people who lived long ago and who tended to be much more loquacious than a 140-character burst would allow, somehow seem to breathe the same air we do.

Full Review Source: Film.com

November 9, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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"Lincoln" gratifyingly dodges the kind of safe, starchy hagiography that some Spielberg skeptics feared.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4/4

November 9, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Yes, this is a movie about people talking in rooms. And the talk, at its best, fascinates.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 9, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Lincoln has been an oracle, and now, in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," as portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis, he is a man.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

November 8, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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"Lincoln" looks like a big historical drama on an epic scale, but it's also a tightly focused study of character, principle and politics.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 8, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The portrait of Lincoln transcends conventional judgments; it's a complete creation, perfect on its own terms.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 8, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Its title notwithstanding, Lincoln is an absorbing, intellectual look at the political machinations involved in abolishing slavery, not an exhaustive biopic about Honest Abe.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 8, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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This Lincoln isn't an abstracted, infallible ideal, but rather a deeply conflicted, often lonely leader simply trying to do the right thing - even if that means a few wrong things along the way.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 8/10

November 8, 2012
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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There is nothing bravura or overly emotional about Spielberg's direction here, but the impeccable filmmaking is no less impressive for being quiet and to the point.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 8, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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It provides Daniel Day-Lewis with an opportunity for his latest extraordinary performance, one filled with kindness and strength in equal measure.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

November 8, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"Lincoln" does something that, at this very particular moment in time, seems almost impossible to comprehend. It makes politics exciting again.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 8, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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It's a must-see for Daniel Day-Lewis' charismatic, subtly shaded performance as Lincoln - and an even richer one by Tommy Lee Jones ...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 8, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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"Lincoln" is wrapped in the heavy cloak of the traditional biopic, with all the top-shelf acting, period detail and important speeches the genre requires.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

November 8, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Daniel Day-Lewis is extraordinary as the president, capturing his wit and generosity but also the iron will that made him the country's greatest hero.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 8, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The phenomenal Daniel Day-Lewis plays Lincoln with immersive, indelible power in Spielberg's brilliant, brawling epic.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 8, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Lincoln is brain food and, at another pivotal moment in American political history, an instructive feast.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

November 8, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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To say that this is among the finest films ever made about American politics may be to congratulate it for clearing a fairly low bar.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

November 8, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It blends cinematic Americana with something grubbier and more interesting than Americana, and it does not look, act or behave like the usual perception of a Spielberg epic.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

November 8, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The hallmark of the man, performed so powerfully by Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln," is calm self-confidence, patience and a willingness to play politics in a realistic way.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

November 8, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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One of the best American movies this year, and Spielberg's finest work in decades.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

November 7, 2012
Chris Packham
Village Voice
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This Lincoln, stunningly portrayed by Spielberg and Day-Lewis, is real and relatable and so, so cool.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 7, 2012
Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
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One of the finest historical dramas ever committed to film. It's a triumph for Spielberg, Kushner and, most of all, Day-Lewis.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 4/4

November 7, 2012
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
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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This is a movie that's easier to admire than love; it's impressive but not exactly moving.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

November 7, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Lincoln is a stirring paradox, a dream of history as it might truly have happened.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

November 6, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Defiantly intellectual, complex and true to the shifting winds of real-world governance, Lincoln is not the movie that this election season has earned-but one that a more perfect union can aspire to.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/5

November 6, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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By the time the movie ends, you don't feel as if you know Lincoln-few, in his own time, claimed to know him. But you feel as if you know what it was like to be in his presence.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

November 6, 2012
Peter Debruge
Variety
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Though historians will surely find room to quibble, every choice Day-Lewis makes lends dignity and gravitas to America's most revered figure.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 2, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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An absorbing, densely packed, sometimes funny telling of the 16th president's masterful effort in manipulating the passage of the 13th amendment.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 2, 2012
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