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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The result, glitches and all, is a great American movie. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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 he is. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Through this very specific look at a critical time in Lincoln's presidency, Kushner, Spielberg and Day-Lewis work together to present an honest look at America's most revered statesman. Kushner finds an artful way to weave in the texts of the Gettysburg Address and the 13th Amendment, as well as a creative way to present Lincoln's assassination. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Day-Lewis works famously, and phenomenally, from the inside out. The mystery at the core of his gorgeous performance, which is enhanced by Mr. Kushner's script, has to do with his masterly grasp of Lincoln's quicksilver spirit. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Never mind a few misguided casting choices; Lincoln is exceptionally good, elevated by a preternatural star turn, and by the energy and invention its director displays in telling a story that doesn't rely on action and special effects. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The history lesson in Steven Spielberg's austere, engrossing Lincoln is less about the revered President himself but his method for justice. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Tony Kushner's densely packed script has been directed by Spielberg in an efficient, unpretentious way that suggests Michael Curtiz at Warner Bros. in the 1940s, right down to the rogue's gallery of great character actors in a multitude of bewhiskered supporting roles backing up a first-rate leading performance by Daniel Day-Lewis. show more

  • 80
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    This Lincoln isn't an abstracted, infallible ideal, but rather a deeply conflicted, often lonely leader simply trying to do the right thing - even if that means few wrong things along on the way. show more

  • 90

    This is Day-Lewis' movie, and he does with the meditative inner stillness of his character a wonderful thing - he finds a type of heroism that runs counter to all of the usual showy movie signifiers of such a quality. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Rarely has a film attended more carefully to the details of politics. show more

  • March 28, 2013 ur00000000142960
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    What outstanding movie!!!

  • March 18, 2013 ik00000000141723
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    A bit disappointed, considering I thought the movie was about the game-changing car. Didn\'t know it was about the post-Clinton years...

  • March 17, 2013 bamman1
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    Could have easily been BEST PICTURE. Loved it.

  • March 13, 2013 jnes2011
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    Very good. A fe historic issues, but oveall a great performance.

  • February 25, 2013 marcacresta
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    A very good film but a very long film .The acting is superb though.Lewis is amazing and Tommy Lee Jones is even better in my view.It may be his best acting ever and the man is always great..

  • February 21, 2013 marcel
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    What did Sally do to convince Spielburg for the part of Mary Todd?????

  • February 18, 2013 qo00000000128537
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    very very long and boring.

  • February 13, 2013 pickything
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    Good Movie although I thought it was slow and boring in some spots but I did learn some things I never knew about.

  • January 31, 2013 ann_katz
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    Excellent movie. I felt as though I had been transported to the 1860\'s and was part of one of the most crucial times in this country\'s history.

  • January 29, 2013 pmorphy1morphy
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