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Rated PG-13 · 149 minutes · 2012

Biography, Historical drama
The executive summary is this: Lincoln is an in-depth look at how deals (particularly the politically dicey 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery) get done in Washington, D.C. It’s a heavy movie by weight and consequence, but it’s not overly idealistic or thought-provoking. There’s just a lot going on, and director Steven Spielberg, really for the first time, doesn’t seem in control of his surroundings. However, the performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln is the best of the year, and one of the best historical/biographical performances ever. For starters, it’s Daniel Day-Lewis, so you should expect a high-wire act. For another, it’s Abraham Lincoln, so you don’t imagine this will be an anonymous portrayal. When an iconic figure is brought to life by an actor the caliber of Daniel Day-Lewis—who may indeed be a caliber unto himself—you expect greatness. But this performance exceeds even that expectation.


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Official Site: thelincolnmovie.com
Director: Steven Spielberg
Producer: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Jonathan King, Daniel Lupi and Jeff Skoll
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Jones, Lee Pace, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Costabile, Jackie Haley, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jared Harris, Walton Goggins, Gulliver McGrath, Peter McRobbie, Gloria Reuben and John Hawkes

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Style Weekly Movie Review: "Lincoln" Spielberg’s biopic looks behind the monument for the extraordinary person. by Wayne Melton 11/07/2012
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Arkansas Times Living history 'Lincoln' is high drama. by Sam Eifling 11/21/2012
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Charleston City Paper Spielberg's Lincoln humanizes the legendary president When you hear that Steven Spielberg directed an Abraham Lincoln biopic, you get an image in your head of what it must look like: overtly sentimental, grand in scale, and more about idealized hero worship than anything else. The famed director's historical dramas tend to be maudlin affairs, custom-made for history classrooms, and no doubt Lincoln will be shown to many a middle school over the ensuing decades. by Jake Mulligan 11/14/2012
Style Weekly But Will They Come? Richmond is ecstatic about its star turn, but some doubt that tourists will care. by Melissa Scott Sinclair 11/06/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Honest to goodness: Lincoln This president earned his place in history, and so shall the film. by Tricia Olszewski 11/14/2012
Portland Mercury Lincoln Is Fucking Crazy!!! Just kidding! Lincoln is exactly what you expect! by Erik Henriksen 11/14/2012
Style Weekly Extra Terrestrial The otherworldly experience of bringing history to life as a background player. by Jason Roop 11/06/2012
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