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½ February 12, 2017
You forget Daniel-Day Lewis is acting. Probably could have been a few minutes shorter but ultimately deeply moving and a magnificent achievement.
February 7, 2017
It's a talkfest for its length but Lincoln is undeniably beautifully done with meticulous attention to detail. It is anchored by the performance of Daniel Day Lewis who succeeds in humanising the ill-fated Civil War president, practically lifting him out of the history books and onto the screen with an equal measure of humour, warmth, authority and melancholy. A performance that is one for the ages
January 21, 2017
Spielberg the storyteller doing what he does best, giving the public what they want, This is Lincoln the myth, sanitised and sanctified for an unquestioning audience.
January 15, 2017
Nota: 8.3/10 - 4.1/5
January 14, 2017
No Vampires in this one.
January 14, 2017
Solid portrayal by one of the best actors of our day.
January 11, 2017
Between the story and Daniel Day-Lewis's performance, it's completely magical. "The rest" is anything but shabby too. Incredibly powerful and masterfully done.
½ January 1, 2017
Daniel Day-Lewis can't make a bad film even if he tried.
December 30, 2016
It's good movie to watch Butt with a lot of talking less action
December 21, 2016
Day-Lewis gives yet another spectacular performance portraying Lincoln not as a impersonation, but a mirror image.
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½ December 16, 2016
This pathetic melodrama is always more interesting when focusing on the politics involved but a very schmaltzy "life lesson" whenever Lincoln appears - shown as a wise and mythical storyteller of pure heart (but fine with bribing, of course), never a complex real man.
December 12, 2016
Spielberg obviously caters more to Hollywood critics than to historians and social science experts when it comes to Lincoln, the cause of the Civil War was not exactly about slavery, it was about money! Slavery only happened to be such a tremendous component of the United States economic system during the first half of American history, the Confederate states and Union states were embroiled in political and economic conflict that regarded how should finances be dealt and all their money was coming from black slaves forced into growing tobacco, sugar or cotton, and the Confederacy and Union disagreed over whether Abraham Lincoln should be president or not.
December 9, 2016
Steven Spielberg is a director who almost always never stays in the present and more so in recent times. Its either a historical drama/adventure, futuristic sci/fi fantasy or a mix and match of both. Even though he has ventured and succeeded immensely in a wide array of genres, he will always be best known for bringing some of the most imaginative creatures to life on the big screen. Daniel Day-Lewis is probably one of the greatest actors in the history of modern cinema whose powerhouse performances brought many interesting characters to life and etched them as a vivid memory for movie lovers across the world. A collaboration of these two in presenting one of the most important, remarkable and bloodiest times of American history is one that isn't to be missed.

The American civil war is consuming people by thousands with no end in sight. Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis), the 16th President of the United States has just won a re-election and is positioning himself along with the Republican Party to pass the 13th Amendment which outlaws slavery which is again the primary basis for the raging war. Understanding that there will never be an opportunity to abolish slavery than the current moment - Lincoln, whips from Congress, lobbyists etc. race against time to get the votes while legally bordering on the means.

Abraham Lincoln is visually known for his unique features - the beard, the hat, the mole, his height. When you see Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, in a few minutes you start believing that it is Abraham Lincoln playing himself as the Daniel Day-Lewis we have seen outside the movies is no longer visible. The minimalist performance throughout and saving the histrionics for only when required works perfectly. However the same cannot be said about others, I trust the director Spielberg for this difference as he would have done enough research on their personality traits. Sally Field as Mary Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens are both vocally loud and melodramatic yet impactful. While James Spader plays an interesting and entertaining role as Bilbo and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is wasted as Robert Lincoln. Most scenes involve a large cast in the canvas, the experience of Steven Spielberg clearly shows in the details of how the extras and the background characters react to situations.

The screenplay may not be innovative as it follows a linear approach but the complexity of letting the audience in on the bits of information which most already know is perfect to keep up the anticipation, interest and pace. Another aspect that standout is the beautiful production design - again minimalistic. While the backdrop is set on the raging civil war, there is no actual war sequence shown except for the aftermath in battlefields. The period settings look very realistic that includes makeup, costumes, buildings and city view - but not something we are seeing for the first time especially from Mr. Spielberg. Even the color tone of the movie looks authentic but one may not feel drawn to the movie just by the appearance. The background score stays in the background and is impactful when required. Kennedy and Lincoln, though celebrated for their time in the highest office - are even more known for their assassinations and conspiracies surrounding them. While this movie doesn't indulge much into the assassination of the protagonist, how they showed it is innovative.

A near perfect adaptation of one of the most celebrated Presidents of the United States set in the backdrop of one of the deadliest civil wars.
December 1, 2016
extremely boring but relaxing. i can't help but to fall asleep when watching the film.
November 17, 2016
A snap shot of one of the best US war presidents during a very pivotal moment in American politics. A man with enough humanity and political genius to add an amendment to the constitution that would free slaves as a 'war strategy'. Seeing as my great great grandparents and maybe even my great grandparents were most certainly slaves, this film serves a necessity, even in this day and age, as a humble reminder. When it comes to films about slavery this film about putting an end to it has got to be the best one.
November 7, 2016
I recognize the full brilliance of this film, equating it to an intense episode of 'The West Wing'. To those who would claim this as "boring" do not understand the game of sheer wills taking place in the movie and the razorwire Lincoln walked to win.
½ October 20, 2016
I've rated this 4.5 stars just for my boyfriend... I actually fell asleep 3 - 4 times throughout the movie lol
October 9, 2016
This is Daniel Day - Lewis's amazing performance.
October 7, 2016
An immense collection of political wisdom, battle and family values from the beloved president that also foreshadows his future influence. If you're fine with sitting through all that, this is an exceptional piece of dramatic work to behold.
½ September 24, 2016
Very disappointed with this one. Considering Spielberg is my all time favorite director, this should've been great. Aside from Daniel Day Lewis' amazing performance, this was a 150 minute borefest.
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