• The Better Angels (2014)

The Better Angels

Release Date: November 7th, 2014

DVD Release Date: March 3rd, 2015

PG |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

Abraham Lincoln's childhood in the harsh wilderness, and the hardships that shaped him.

Cast: Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley, Braydon Denney, Cameron Mitchell Williams, McKenzie Blankenship, Ryan McFall

Director: A.J. Edwards

Genres: Historical drama , Biography

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film succeeds in that it provides a more vivid sense of this sort of 19th century childhood -- and Lincoln’s youth in particular -- than most people would have had before. show more

  • 60
    James RocchiTheWrap

    Mr. Edwards has given his film a strong narrative spine — depicting years in the life of young Abraham Lincoln as his family suffers and strives to succeed in Indiana — with such committed actors bringing life to the tale that the audience can't help but be engaged even as the staid, stark visuals keep viewers at arm's length. show more

  • 50
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Directed by Terrence Malick's editor and protégé, A.J. Edwards, The Better Angels abounds with Malick-ian moments: upward-pointing cameras capturing bodies wheeling through fields, plaintive voice-overs punctuated by Jew's harp and birdsong, a tendency to drift toward the sky and its moody tableau of clouds. show more

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