Lincoln (2012)

Steven Spielberg directs Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 16, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Deborah Ross
The Spectator

Its narrative swoop largely takes the legislative detail in its stride, plus the star is Daniel Day-Lewis, which is always a thing. He is not so much an actor, more a shape shifter.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

It's very good, but that's not the point. It's necessary.

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Mike Massie
Gone With The Twins

A history lesson at its core, but it's cleverly buried beneath one magnificent performance and several strong supporters.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

It's an intricate, thought- provoking and (be warned) very talkie study of democracy that is almost entirely schmaltz-free.

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

Against the odds, Spielberg makes something genuinely exciting of the backstage wheedling.

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Richard Propes

A good film blessed with an extraordinary and surefire Oscar caliber performance from Daniel Day-Lewis.

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J. Hoberman

Lincoln is an engrossing and even stirring civics lesson that tries, with admirable responsibility if only mixed success, to give voice to black America.

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard

[Spielberg is] a man on a mission. And his not so secret weapon is Day-Lewis, an actor so charismatic it's hard to think clearly while he's on screen.

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Yasser Medina

Lincoln is not only an avid biopic, it is a pleasant historical lesson that captures the thinking of an era where social ideas were diffused by a political party duality. [Full review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This pathetic melodrama is always more interesting when focusing on the politics involved but a very schmaltzy "life lesson" whenever Lincoln appears… More
Bathsheba Monk
First off: lots of history here that I didn't know. I didn't understand the legal technicalities of wanting a constitutional amendment to free the… More
Kevin M. Williams
Spielberg updates Triumph of the Will for a liberal American agenda; and that's what's wrong with this overview on the efforts to free the American… More
Jason Lalljee
Not only intimate and engaging, Lincoln also presents a surprisingly thoughtful and relevant political perspective. Spielberg has never been adept at making… More
Tony Gandía
Spielberg and Day-Lewis are masterful in "Lincoln". The material is rife with C-SPAN-like moments rendered quite compelling due to their execution.… More
Thomas Johnston
I guess the hype sucked me in to expecting more.