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Lincoln Reviews

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June 21, 2016
In the same way Ben Kingsley was born to play Gandhi, Daniel Day-Lewis was born to play the 16th president of the United States; it's a wholesale suspension of disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 17, 2016
Masterfully crafted as it is -- and it certainly captures the man and a moment in time -- Lincoln comes across as a pious history lesson, and, strangely for Spielberg, lacks the entertainment and emotion we may have expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 15, 2016
Daniel Day-Lewis' performance is one-note, but what a note it is!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 29, 2016
...children, like the adults, may be fascinated by the historical details that Spielberg includes, for Lincoln oozes authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 28, 2016
Spielberg may not have been the ideal director for this ambitious biopic, but Lincoln and Day-Lewis are a truly memorable pair.
May 12, 2015
Tasked with dramatizing some of the most significant moments of the 19th century, Spielberg shoots the picture as a bustling ensemble comedy.
December 15, 2013
Spielberg brings a level of tension to what could have been an overly stuff historical period piece. He's supported by a superb cast highlighted by the work of Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President of the United States.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 6, 2013
This is a wonderful film, full of detail and behavior, and one that lifts broadened historical details into a poetic marriage of humanity and triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 27, 2013
When it focuses on the political, social, and historical side of things - which is 80% of the film - it's grand, populist, high-minded entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 23, 2013
It makes you think we can still do great things.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 14, 2013
It's very good, but that's not the point. It's necessary.
May 28, 2013
Spielberg and Kushner lend the House scenes so much vigor that "Lincoln" comes fully alive for about half an hour. Then Spielberg tacks on three addenda, and thus dissipates the good will that has developed on both sides of the movie-theater aisle.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 13, 2013
Spielberg's 'Lincoln' burns itself into your memory like no other film about American politics.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 8, 2013
A bit like watching the West Wing played by Amish People. Desperately needed 40 minutes cut out of what is essentially quite a beautifully made movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 2, 2013
Day-Lewis...wears well the weariness of the office and Lincoln's puckish yet subdued sense of humor, scaling the man closer to life-size than Mount Rushmore monumental. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
March 18, 2013
Somewhere in there, Lincoln will call upon [his administration's] faculties and better sense, and the film about him will ask something similar of us.
March 3, 2013
A spellbinding performance and a beautifully nuanced film about statesmanship, quiet contemplation and - above all else - principle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 28, 2013
Once you settle in, this is an educational and enlightening epic. Yes, it can be ponderous, but for the most part, Lincoln is entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 23, 2013
A powerful and brilliant look at the most important moment in US history...
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