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Lincoln

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

drama


Daniel Day-Lewis stars in this inspiring and revealing drama that focuses on Lincoln's tumultuous final four months in office as this visionary leader pursues a course of action to end the Civil war, unite a nation divided and abolish slavery.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    90%
  • Audience Score
    81%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Outstanding drama about revered leader's political genius.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Steven Spielberg's Lincoln isn't a biographical chronicle of Abraham Lincoln's (Daniel Day-Lewis) life in office but rather a political drama about the passing of the 13th Amendment and the end of the Civil War. The most sensitive issues in the movie are its depiction of war (severed limbs and bloody battlefields filled with dead soldiers are seen) and occasional strong language, including many era-accurate (but hard to hear today) racial epithets. But overall, the violence is much tamer than in war movies like Saving Private Ryan or Glory, and Lincoln is an educational, entertaining drama that even some mature 5th graders might be ready to handle, if they watch with their parents. (That said, it does move somewhat slowly, so kids hooked on fast-paced entertainment may not be interested.)

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why President Lincoln is still considered one of the most influential presidents of all time. What is the continued relevance of the 13th Amendment?
  • How does the movie's depiction of President Lincoln compare to what you know or have learned about him? Did anything surprise you about his political or personal life?
  • What does the movie tell us about how politics have changed since the 1860s? Do politicians still have to work together and make compromises, even if they fundamentally disagree?
  • How closely do you think Lincoln adheres to history? How many liberties with the facts do you think a movie like this can take? Why might filmmakers decide to do that?
  • How does Mary Todd Lincoln's emotional fragility -- in no small part spurred by the fear of one of her remaining sons going to fight in the war that her husband considers necessary -- impact Lincoln's situation?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    90%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    81%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: 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, Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fresh: 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, Thursday, November 15, 2012

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

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, November 15, 2012

Audience Reviews

1 star

Titled Lincoln, the movie instead focuses on one part of his life. There's apparently much more to Lincoln than is portrayed here. The movie is good, but only in in bits & parts. Pacing it slower only makes it further less interesting. Seems like Steven Spielberg has given preference to cinematic splendor than entertainment (although the genre has less space for it, the dragging sequences could have been well replaced with intriguing ones). The astounding performances make the fare tolerable enough.

- imrealgod, Tuesday, April 23, 2013

1 star

Titled Lincoln, the movie instead focuses on one part of his life. There's apparently much more to Lincoln than is portrayed here. The movie is good, but only in in bits & parts. Pacing it slower only makes it further less interesting. Seems like Steven Spielberg has given preference to cinematic splendor than entertainment (although the genre has less space for it, the dragging sequences could have been well replaced with intriguing ones). The astounding performances make the fare tolerable enough.

- imrealgod, Tuesday, April 23, 2013

5 stars

A mesmerising performance from Day-Lewis and what a mesmerising movie! A powerful and wonderful movie, hard hitting and emotional! Shouldn't be missed!

- FiLmCrAzY, Friday, May 10, 2013