Lincoln 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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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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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The result, glitches and all, is a great American movie.
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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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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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Just about perfect!

By pedsarq
This is a terrific moviegoing experience! The fact that this is history and a great lesson for us all to see is just a plus, because this is movie-making at its finest. There are action and battle...

A Man for All Times - "Lincoln"

By Conch39
As many have already written, the acting of Lewis, Fields, Jones, Holbrook, Strathairn and others created so many memorable vignettes that "Lincoln" will become another classic portrayal of Lincoln...

Lincoln's other battles

By dpswarn
Daniel Day-Lewis, of course, is a top candidate for an Oscar, but Sally Fields and many of the supporting cast need to also be considered, especially Tommie Lee Jones. And, Spielberg is as usual...

Lincoln was the perfect movie!

By rb_in_chicago
I see over 100 movies a year and can always predict the Academy Award nominees. This will absolutely be among them, and possibly the winner. It's that good. This movie also makes you realize why...

daniel day lewis

By myboychf
daniel day lewis portrayal of abraham lincoln is a tour de force. you actually feel you are in the same room with lincoln. his persona and lincoln mannirisim's are right. the hands down winner for...

Outstanding!

By gvernonj
This is one of the best historical dramas I have ever seen. The screenplay and the performances were wonderful. Not only was DDL amazing, but Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and James Spader were also...

A must and please take your young tween!!!

By jimmy0601
I don't know were to begin, but Steven Spielberg is brilliant. I just adore him as a director. If Daniel Day Lewis doesn't win and Oscar, then I truly believe hollywood doesn't know true acting. He...

"Lincoln"... How Things Get Done.

By chazmichel
Every American from about 10 years old and up should see Spielberg's "Lincoln"... If we all did see this important film, we'd be a little less cynical about our politics and our politicians. We'd...

Lincoln

By movie vixen
Go for the performances. Go for the story. Go for the history lesson. Above all, go for the pleasure of meeting this remarkable man of intellect, honor and conscience. Beautifully done!...

I loved everything about LINCOLN.

By larethas
Superbly ACTED and DIRECTED. Brilliant cinematography. One or two mentions here by fan reviewers regarding script problems. Not TRUE. The story is beautifully told and the language is rich, dense,...

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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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