Written September 23, 2014
WORTH SEEING: Daniel Day-Lewis is magnificent in Spielberg's Lincoln, which is very well made. Best decisions: it begins with the Gettysburg Address, and ends with the Second Inaugural, which is probably the greatest American political speech of all time.
Written January 05, 2013
This was beautifully shot and humanizes Lincoln really well. Because of Spielberg, I was expecting something more emotional, which this film wasn't. I felt the ending was too abrupt. Maybe the extended version will come out on blu-ray.
Written November 11, 2012
All in all, the movie was very good. Most remarkable was the way it captured the feel of the times, the sense of what the White House, in all its casualness and direct public exposure, was like a century and a half ago. And the film's focus on the political necessities surrounding the 13th amendment was surprising and fascinating. The performances, were wonderful - highlighted by the portrayals of Lincoln himself (in all his vulnerability, eloquence, and humor), and of Thaddeus Stephens were particularly outstanding.
There were some moments that were somewhat sentimental, at times. And some of the scenes with Mary were a bit over done and over drawn.
Written December 01, 2012
so after the trailers I knew lincoln would be boring..and it was. If you want to witness 19th century politicians and the house of rep battle it out in debates over the 13th amendment and the struggle of the passing of the 13th amendment-- then this is your story. It's more of a historical documentary type movie than a movie full of extreme interest and action. the verbiage too was 19th centuryesque and too difficult to sit through tough that actually made most of the movie because without it it would have been even more boring. the costumes, cinematography and acting were all superb. you really felt as if you were watching lincoln during those times and of course daniel day lewis was brilliant as was sally field and other actors. the ending was the best part and then it was over. it's also a really long movie so be prepared to watch politicians debate in a room most of the time along with strategizing of passing amendments..not my idea of entertainment...
Written November 13, 2012
Run don't walk to see LINCOLN. Couldn't be more timely. Incredible performances throughout. I'm still feeling it and thinking about it...and about seeing it again.