Lincoln Reviews

  • Daniel Day-Lewis plays Lincoln as a true mid-westerner, a wry, twinkle-eyed statesman that understood how conviction and likeability could affect the hearts of men. This man has no equal as an actor.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Lincoln is a stirring paradox, a dream of history as it might truly have happened.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • To say that this is among the finest films ever made about American politics may be to congratulate it for clearing a fairly low bar.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Its title notwithstanding, Lincoln is an absorbing, intellectual look at the political machinations involved in abolishing slavery, not an exhaustive biopic about Honest Abe.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "Lincoln" gratifyingly dodges the kind of safe, starchy hagiography that some Spielberg skeptics feared.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • "Lincoln" does something that, at this very particular moment in time, seems almost impossible to comprehend. It makes politics exciting again.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Lincoln is the work of a different director, one truly fascinated by why his subjects do what they do, one who invests each moment with the artistry he has often reserved for setpieces.

    Alan Scherstuhl — Village Voice

  • This Lincoln, stunningly portrayed by Spielberg and Day-Lewis, is real and relatable and so, so cool.

    Chris Packham — Village Voice

  • It provides Daniel Day-Lewis with an opportunity for his latest extraordinary performance, one filled with kindness and strength in equal measure.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The portrait of Lincoln transcends conventional judgments; it's a complete creation, perfect on its own terms.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Lincoln is a stirring reminder that politics can be noble. Might there be a lesson here for today's shrill D.C. discourse? 'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Lincoln offers proof of what magic can happen when an actor falls in love with his character. Because as great as Day-Lewis has been in his many parts, he has never seemed quite so smitten.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • It's the most remarkable movie Steven Spielberg has made in quite a spell, and one of the things that makes it remarkable is how it fulfills those expectations by simultaneously ignoring and transcending them.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The true tussle of the movie, however, is between the Spielberg who, like a cinematic Sandburg, is drawn aloft toward legend and the Spielberg who is tugged down by Kushner's intricate screenplay toward documentary grit.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • The hallmark of the man, performed so powerfully by Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln," is calm self-confidence, patience and a willingness to play politics in a realistic way.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It blends cinematic Americana with something grubbier and more interesting than Americana, and it does not look, act or behave like the usual perception of a Spielberg epic.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Daniel Day-Lewis is extraordinary as the president, capturing his wit and generosity but also the iron will that made him the country's greatest hero.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • The film masterfully captures the dual dilemmas facing the president in the final months of his life: how to bring the war between the states to an end, and how to eradicate slavery, once and for all.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Day-Lewis' voice is thin and reedy, which jibes with historical accounts but subverts our expectations. His attitude makes listeners lean in, and so do we, magnetized by his kindly reserve.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • If it sounds like so much backroom politicking, it is. But it's exceptionally interesting, entertaining backroom politicking.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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