Written November 11, 2012
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 fantastic, as were everyone. Now let me be clear: this is a very literate film. This is not an action/war film, this is a story about the American political system – a system that can be dirty and involves lots of shady behind-the-scenes deal-making, but occassionally all these machinations can bring about something which uplifts the human race. There were a great many funny moments too. Just wonderful!
Written November 17, 2012
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 was brilliant. As I am writing.., I am in tears due to what a great job Mr. Spielberg has done. What a great movie and some of the humor was brilliant. My son loves anything to do with Lincoln. He was very sad and dislikes Booth!!!!!!!!!!!! God bless Mr. President Lincoln. You made history. Thank you Mr. Spielberg for this movie. Should be showed to students at school. My 11-year old said, it was the best movie he ever seen and Spielberg is awesome mom!! He loves Super 8. He can't stop talking about it. Thank!!! you!!!!! He actually wants to see it again!!!!!!:)
Written August 27, 2014
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 remember that those who lead us are human, and that great things happen in small human steps that are taken by folks who get their boots pretty muddied along the way... The act of governing is always a messy business...Even Lincoln, as towering a figure as he is, only becomes great in history over time. How timely this message is in the wake of our bruising political season...One of the more surprising elements of Tony Kushner's screenplay is its reclamation of Mary Lincoln's reputation... Vividly portrayed by a truly great Sally Field...Mary is no longer the mad shrew, but a restless force prodding her husband to further greatness...And every moviegoer should be grateful to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin for her source material, and to Daniel Day-Lewis for bringing Lincoln back to life.
Written January 30, 2015
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!
Written December 28, 2014
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, intelligent. Sally Field IS Mary Todd and Daniel Day Lewis IS Lincoln. I would like to add that anyone who is interested in our current political impasses will gain great insight into their genesis. I plan to see this movie again.