• Released
  • November 9, 2012
  • (Limited; Wide 11/16)
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 29 min
  • Drama
  • 14,282 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: During President Lincoln's tumultuous final months in office, he pursues a course of action to end the Civil War, unite the country and abolish slavery.

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Critic Ratings

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Daniel Day Lewis knocked it out of the ballpark

By scribonz
I was at first disappointed that Spielberg chose to narrow the story line from the original plan but it worked beautifully. Lewis and Sally Field play their roles perfectly and you forget who they...

Nothing short of emotionally moving

By elvie3sons
this movie is mature, and not intended for kids 1-12, but nevertheless, it is a good historical film. Im sure even Lincoln would approve of it! its facts are accurate and its theme is good. MUST...

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Rated PG-13 | For Intense Scene of War Violence, Brief Strong Language and Some Images of Carnage
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Outstanding drama about revered leader's political genius.
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