Lincoln 2012

Lincoln

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Daniel Day-Lewis characteristically delivers in this witty, dignified portrait that immerses the audience in its world and entertains even as it informs.

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With the nation embroiled in still another year with the high death count of Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln brings the full measure of his passion, humanity and political skill to what would become his defining legacy: to end the war and permanently abolish slavery through the 13th Amendment. Having great courage, acumen and moral fortitude, Lincoln pushes forward to compel the nation, and those in government who oppose him, to aim toward a greater good for all mankind.

Cast & Crew

Daniel Day-Lewis
Abraham Lincoln
Sally Field
Mary Todd Lincoln
David Strathairn
Secretary of State William Seward
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Robert Todd Lincoln
James Spader
W.N. Bilbo
Hal Holbrook
Francis Preston Blair
Tommy Lee Jones
Thaddeus Stevens
Lee Pace
Fernando Wood
David Costabile
James Ashley
Tony Kushner
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Jonathan King
Executive Producer
Daniel Lupi
Executive Producer
Jeff Skoll
Executive Producer
Janusz Kaminski
Cinematographer
Rick Carter
Production Design
Michael Kahn
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Critic Reviews for Lincoln

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  • May 07, 2016
    "Lincoln" is a very well shot drama film of 2012. The plot to "Lincoln" is during 19th century the presents there is the war, racism and "Abraham Lincoln's" final months in politics. "Lincoln" portrayed by "Daniel Day-Lewis" has planned a way to end the war once and for all and to terminate the disgusting act which is slavery. The movie starts off with a war-taking place, which is very thrilling and entertaining to watch. Most of the movie shows "Lincoln" trying to have his plan/ "The Thirteenth Amendment" put into action. These scenes are very dramatic but sometimes can be found boring to the audience. The film's climax was very interesting and entertaining to watch, the scene captures the entire thrill that the movie was leading up to and didn't disappoint. Unlike some of "Steven Spielberg's" recent films "Lincoln" delivers a more dramatic plot which is due to the amazing dialogue spoken, the dialogue is very sophisticated its not a poppycock verbal fight at all. "Daniel Day-Lewis" gives "Abraham Lincoln" his calm manner from history. "Tommy Lee Jones" gives a thrilling and terrific performance as "Thaddeus Stevens". "John Williams" has once again composed an excised soundtrack and has created another perfect soundtrack for "Steven Spielberg's" movies and he composed music that captures the emotion for every scene. As stated before "Lincoln" was filmed exceptionally, "Steven Spielberg" will always film his movies to capture everything in a scene and "Lincoln" is no exception. If you are a person who enjoys some of "Steven Spielberg" recent movies then I highly recommend you watch "Lincoln" as it has superb acting from "Daniel Day-Lewis" and "Tommy Lee Jones", stunning camera shots and a great script. Although the movie has some issues these a few boring scenes throughout the movie. I give 2012's "Lincoln" a 9/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2015
    Lincoln is best viewed with modest expectations. The performance of Daniel Day Lewis lives up to the hype. It is a great performance in a great career. Unfortunately, the other elements of the film do not rise to that standard and it shows. I'd compare Lincoln to Raging Bull. In that film we have also have a great performance by the lead but also great supporting cast, script, directing and it makes for great film. If DDL had those elements around him I could see a classic film being made, but instead it is a good movie, a high three.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2015
    Well done. Better than usual for historical pieces, so on the upper range of the 4 rating -- 4-4.5.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2013
    I first heard of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln it seemed like Oscar Bait and I thought it might have even had a chance to be a flop, like J. Edgar. it became one of the most successful films of the year, after watching it I agree that it's a stellar film. I'm particularly pleased that President Lincoln was not put on a pedestal, he was called out for instituting martial law and for black troops getting less pay. I believe these are two moments that are overlooked in this film. For a biopic the camera is not focused that much on Lincoln, but instead on the Congressional hearing in the questions of the 13th ammendment, abolishing slavery. This is treated politically with no sentimental BS getting in the way. The cast of Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, and Sally Fields brought their historical figures to life. The scene of voting on the ammendment was one of the most cinematic of the whole year. A well worthy 150 minute experience, with top notch accuracy, and minimal Hollywood glorification. 3.5 stars
    Daniel D Super Reviewer

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