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As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
Drama - While about President Abraham Lincoln, this is not a comprehensive
biopic but one narrowly focused on his efforts to abolish slavery and
end the Civil War at the end of his presidency and life. This is
mostly a big showcase for star Daniel Day-Lewis with a number of
familiar faces in smaller roles, most prominently Sally Field and
Tommy Lee Jones. There is some war combat, but this is mostly all
talk. There is some language, but overall it's clean viewing for
older kids though they probably would not be interested.
Daniel Day-Lewis NINE, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, GANGS OF NEW YORK Joseph Gordon-Levitt LOOPER, PREMIUM RUSH, 50/50, INCEPTION Tommy Lee Jones HOPE SPRINGS, MEN IN BLACK III, CAPTAIN AMERICA John Hawkes THE SESSIONS, HIGHER GROUND, WINTER'S BONE Sally Field LEGALLY BLONDE 2, SAY IT ISN'T SO Dir/Prod: Steven Spielberg WAR HORSE, THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
PROFANITY: 1 F-word; 4 S-words; 12 GD's; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Brief but brutal war combat. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: One scene of war combat. COMEDY: Some comic lines.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent I've rarely been more aware than during Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" that Abraham Lincoln was a plain-spoken, practical, down-to-earth man from the farmlands of Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good Its title notwithstanding, Lincoln is an absorbing, intellectual look at the political machinations involved in abolishing slavery, not an exhaustive biopic about Honest Abe.
NY PostFull Review Good It's a must-see for Daniel Day-Lewis' charismatic, subtly shaded performance as Lincoln — and an even richer one by Tommy Lee Jones — but a colleague of mine at The Post has a point in describing the film derived from Tony Kushner's wonky script as "C-SPAN with whiskers.''
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Based on a theater exit polling of 257 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, LOVED "LINCOLN." Approximately three-quarters rated it extremely high and nearly all the rest indicated they enjoyed it very much.