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Reviews: Lincoln (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Un capolavoro di realpolitik si sarebbe detto ai giorni nostri: ma il Lincoln dipinto da Spielberg è un gigante, non solo per la statura ed i modi pacati e solenni, ma altresì per l’arguzia politica e la capacità di parlare al popolo con la sua lingua.
  • [New – 7/25] | Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: In Lincoln, we get a great performance, but not a great film.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: Perhaps the most restrained and grown-up movie of [Spielberg’s] career.
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Enrique Buchichio @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Un film sobre política, sobre cómo se practica y se ejerce la democracia, sobre sus virtudes y sus flaquezas. Daniel Day-Lewis domina toda la película con su imponente presencia física, que devuelve a la vida a una figura mítica.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Rather than being a movie about wartime, featuring massive battles and bloody action, “Lincoln” is an intricate look at the sausage making that is the American political system.
  • Bill Clark @
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Lincoln gives us a Spielberg we haven’t seen before, one who can communicate nineteenth century American history somewhat in the way Kenneth Branaugh interpreted Shakespeare for modern audiences.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: In illustrating the depths to which America sank more than 150 years ago–barely 90 years after its declaration of independence–LINCOLN demonstrates that our nation is strong enough to weather even the bitterest division provided there is leadership and compromise from even the staunchest partisan.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: Go out for a long one, Steven. They may be throwing a few awards at you. The deceptively quiet, almost leisurely paced “Lincoln” is an engrossing drama and a stunning achievement.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Steven Spielberg’s film is a sober assessment of its subject. This is Lincoln, the man and, above all, the politician.
  • Kate Erbland @ Film School Rejects
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About
    • Excerpt: Daniel Day Lewis shines as the 16th President in an otherwise uneven film.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: Among the hundreds of characterizations in film, television and books, Day-Lewis’ rendition of the 16th President – transmuting the myth into a man — just may be the definitive portrayal for the ages.
  • Panagiotis Gkaris @ Movies Ltd
    • Excerpt: Spielberg is preaching to the converted here, and practically cannot fail in various departments when it comes to the question whether the final outcome is a fairly watchable depiction of a great man’s final days in power.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Superlative and spellbinding, this surprisingly relevant observation on the essence of leadership is, undoubtedly, one of the best pictures of the year.
  • Ali Gray @
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: A hindsight study, full of after-the-fact epiphanies and perspectives, an evocation of the inevitable gap between us and Lincoln, and between the man and his own works and words, rather than a documentary.
  • Danny King @ The King Bulletin
    • Excerpt: What ‘Lincoln’ ultimately becomes…is a wholly surprising potion of three dashing talents at the absolute peak of their game.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: A skilled look at one of the United States’ most significant historical figures.
  • Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • Excerpt: It’s one of Spielberg’s most grown-up films, a restrained film of language and ideas rather than action and emotions. Spielberg allows the emotion to flow from the dialogue, dialing back his instinct to overemphasize for something far more subtle and affecting.
  • Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?
    • Excerpt: In a time of great bipartisan strife and some of the most urgent political issues in decades, Lincoln demonstrates, once again and for good measure, one of the most valuable tool we have as functional, productive humans: that of working together, of compromise.
  • Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: When Spielberg humanizes, it works, and when he mythologizes, it doesn’t
  • Piers Marchant @ Sweet Smell of Success
    • Excerpt: Spielberg shows remarkable restraint and makes one of his best films of the last decade in the process.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Though the film does inevitably fall to deifying Lincoln, it is surprising how human it allows Lincoln to remain for the majority of the film. It is surprisingly good.
  • Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: Lincoln is a document more than a film; it can be respected but not embraced.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: A star-studded, expertly filmed and directed period piece, the majority of the film is engrossing and enlightening, a piece of History Channel infotainment writ large
  • James Plath @ Family Home Theater
    • Excerpt: Great movie, but not a great choice for family movie night.
  • Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: Only those who know their history really well will be able to fully appreciate this scholarly film.
  • Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Lincoln beautifully captures the essence of a man whose legacy is known to every American school child, not as a five dollar bill but as a man who has become the American ideal, a person who was born in poverty, self-educated, unbendingly honest, a deep thinker who was motivated by moral right, but also as shrewd and crafty as any leader in American history.
  • Marcio Sallem @ Cinema com Crítica [Portuguese]
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: Spielberg has created another gem…a poignant character study that fits perfectly into his canon of belief-inducing films.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is a mess.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
    • Excerpt: Succeeds…in avoiding simple hagiography, capturing Lincoln’s human frailty as well as his wily political side.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 11:03 am

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