Great acting, disappointing screenplay, overripe direction

By pajer
Written November 18, 2012
I was expecting a great movie. I was disappointed. The acting and costumes and sets are second to none. The screenplay and dialog is contrived, and lacking subtlety. Plot points that are perfectly clear by inference, are spelled out explicitly like a Law and Order episode where the characters pause to explain to the viewer what just happened. I note that the screenplay was written by the same guy who wrote "Angles in America", which I also thought was poorly done, so maybe he an I are just on different wavelengths. The plot is spiced-up with a sub-plot of "dirty tricksters", and dramatic scenes in the House of Representatives. I'd like to know the historical accuracy of those. It's directed with construction tools as opposed to cabinetmaker tools. Blunt. You *will* root for the "good guys". You *will* be manipulated, as in a romantic comedy. Near the end, there is a wonderful scene that should close the movie, but two pointless epilogues follow.
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Great acting, disappointing screenplay, overripe direction

By pajer
Written November 18, 2012
I was expecting a great movie. I was disappointed. The acting and costumes and sets are second to none. The screenplay and dialog is contrived, and lacking subtlety. Plot points that are perfectly clear by inference, are spelled out explicitly like a Law and Order episode where the characters pause to explain to the viewer what just happened. I note that the screenplay was written by the same guy who wrote "Angles in America", which I also thought was poorly done, so maybe he an I are just on different wavelengths. The plot is spiced-up with a sub-plot of "dirty tricksters", and dramatic scenes in the House of Representatives. I'd like to know the historical accuracy of those. It's directed with construction tools as opposed to cabinetmaker tools. Blunt. You *will* root for the "good guys". You *will* be manipulated, as in a romantic comedy. Near the end, there is a wonderful scene that should close the movie, but two pointless epilogues follow.
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Lincoln, Expanding One's Vision to What Might be Achieved

By SickofUserNameandPasscode
Written December 10, 2012
Steven Spielberg's superlative historical drama on Lincoln is totally captivating...AWESOME! All of the supporting actors deserve kudos, along with Daniel Day Lewis's tour-de-force representation of Lincoln (sends chills down ones spine). The scripting was absolutely priceless, along with the presentation of the more famous speeches that we are all familiar with. I believe that this movie will become suggested viewing for every high school history class from now on. It's also a slam-dunk shoe-in at the Oscars in many categories. Finally, I would have loved to have been fly on the wall on the different sets during the making of this movie. The behind the scenes give-and-take banter, along with the out-takes was likely of the highest caliber, due to the talented actor-artists assembled to make this picture. Hopefully we will soon be able to see "the making of Lincoln, the movie"?
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Lincoln, Expanding One's Vision to What Might be Achieved

By SickofUserNameandPasscode
Written December 10, 2012
Steven Spielberg's superlative historical drama on Lincoln is totally captivating...AWESOME! All of the supporting actors deserve kudos, along with Daniel Day Lewis's tour-de-force representation of Lincoln (sends chills down ones spine). The scripting was absolutely priceless, along with the presentation of the more famous speeches that we are all familiar with. I believe that this movie will become suggested viewing for every high school history class from now on. It's also a slam-dunk shoe-in at the Oscars in many categories. Finally, I would have loved to have been fly on the wall on the different sets during the making of this movie. The behind the scenes give-and-take banter, along with the out-takes was likely of the highest caliber, due to the talented actor-artists assembled to make this picture. Hopefully we will soon be able to see "the making of Lincoln, the movie"?
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Good movie.

By david_pr
Written November 12, 2012
I found the movie to be very educative. I think Sally Field was brilliant. And Tommy Lee brought some humor to the movie. A must see...I can see some of the actor taking awards this year.
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