• Released
  • November 9, 2012
  • (Limited; Wide 11/16)
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 29 min
  • Drama
  • 14,282 Fan Ratings
100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The experience of watching Daniel Day-Lewis in this role is nothing less than thrilling. This is Lincoln. No need for a time machine, there he is.
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100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Day-Lewis works famously, and phenomenally, from the inside out. The mystery at the core of his gorgeous performance, which is enhanced by Mr. Kushner's script, has to do with his masterly grasp of Lincoln's quicksilver spirit.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie is grand and immersive. It plugs us into the final months of Lincoln's presidency with a purity that makes us feel transported as though by time machine.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Never mind a few misguided casting choices; Lincoln is exceptionally good, elevated by a preternatural star turn, and by the energy and invention its director displays in telling a story that doesn't rely on action and special effects.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The result, glitches and all, is a great American movie.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Through this very specific look at a critical time in Lincoln's presidency, Kushner, Spielberg and Day-Lewis work together to present an honest look at America's most revered statesman. Kushner finds an artful way to weave in the texts of the Gettysburg Address and the 13th Amendment, as well as a creative way to present Lincoln's assassination.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It makes politics exciting again.
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80

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
This Lincoln isn't an abstracted, infallible ideal, but rather a deeply conflicted, often lonely leader simply trying to do the right thing - even if that means few wrong things along on the way.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Tony Kushner's densely packed script has been directed by Spielberg in an efficient, unpretentious way that suggests Michael Curtiz at Warner Bros. in the 1940s, right down to the rogue's gallery of great character actors in a multitude of bewhiskered supporting roles backing up a first-rate leading performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The history lesson in Steven Spielberg's austere, engrossing Lincoln is less about the revered President himself but his method for justice.
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86 out of 100
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