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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
A blast, the best action movie of the summer.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Instead of getting smirky and campy and blowing out the joke in the first few scenes, Grahame-Smith and director Timur Bekmambetov straight-face it. They ask themselves, well, what would it be like if the main struggle of Lincoln's life were with vampires intent on taking over the new world? And they answer the question as realistically and soberly as they can within this loony framework.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Genre enthusiasts will lap up the mixture of action and fantasy, while history buffs who don't mind a bit of rewriting will dig into an alternative spin on the Civil War period.
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USA Today

By Scott Bowles
A stylish slasher of a movie, a monster flick that does its vampires right, if not their real-life counterparts.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
With so much flesh crunching and bloodletting, it could have been scary as all Walking Dead get-out. Instead, the movie plays safe by cutting every theme down the middle - a swing that's effective when splitting wood or vampire skulls, but dull when applied to filmmaking.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
It doesn't take long for Bekmambetov to wear out his welcome with a laundry list of generic-looking action sequences: When you've seen one vampire get stabbed in the eyeball, you've seen 'em all.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The movie deserves a stake through the heart.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A pox upon history and an insult to the 16th president of the United States. It's that, of course - actually, that's the point - but this joyless, deafening cinematic headache commits a different crime. It's a sin against entertainment.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What I don't understand is why this extended piece of idiocy chose to sink its stinky teeth into our 16th president. If an axe-wielding hero was required, George Washington would have been the better choice, with the Redcoats as bloodsuckers.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This insipid mashup of history lesson and monster flick takes itself semi-seriously, which is truly deadly.
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42 out of 100
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