• Unrated, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Salvador Litvak
    In Theaters:
    Feb 15, 2013 Limited
  • Independent Pictures


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Saving Lincoln Reviews

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Nora Lee Mandel

The innovative look. . .of thrusting actors directly into archival photographs, . .the primary reason to see the film, is particularly striking. . .as visual authenticity.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 6/10

February 25, 2013
Kirk Honeycutt

The film suggests a way modestly budgeted movies can approach historical epochs and figures in a provocative and arresting manner.

Full Review Source: honeycuttshollywood.com | Original Score: 6

February 15, 2013
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International

Film about Abraham Lincoln and his "best friend" and bodyguard is weakened by a bare-bones script, but greatly strengthened by the director's invention of a visual technique that even Steven Spielberg might envy.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 14, 2013
Kam Williams

A fresh take on The Great Emancipator from the point-of-view of a trusted companion who had been at the President's side at Gettysburg and for many historical moments but not on the day he died.

Full Review Source: AALBC.com | Original Score: 3/4

February 12, 2013
Brent Simon

An ancillary curio about the man and his struggles, at least for history buffs, and an unusual exception to an old screenwriting rule -- a movie whose framing device benefits it much more than its actual execution.

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

April 18, 2013
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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The film feels like an animated Wikipedia page, just sort of running through the greatest hits of Lincoln's life in office - the Emancipation Proclamation! Gettysburg! The Theater! - without any real insight.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 20, 2013
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A bold visual feat undermined by an overstuffed, cold and shallow screenplay and awkward theatrical performances.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5.45/10

February 16, 2013
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Under even the best of circumstances, Saving Lincoln would have to inevitably face the scrutiny of potential redundancy.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 15, 2013
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

This simulated, caricatured curiosity is another Lincoln log that's recommended primarily for history-buffs.

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 5/10

February 15, 2013
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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Note to filmmakers: Just because you can do something doesn't necessarily mean you should do it.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 14, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Comes off like a View-Master version of a tale already told.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

February 14, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Litvak's shoestring production sketches in episodes from Lincoln's entire administration, including a strange "Dixie'' singalong on the White House steps to mark the end of the war.

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

February 14, 2013
Bill Edelstein
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The script, while largely historically accurate, is undermined by stilted dialogue, and the pic is laced with ill-fitting parts that wind up literally all over the matte.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 14, 2013
Matt Pais

Like a movie-watching day in class that makes you miss the thrilling rhetoric of a lecture.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 0.5/4

February 13, 2013
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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Imagine the stiffness of a Star Wars prequel but without the bravura technique.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 12, 2013
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