Abysmal. If I were Tim Burton, I'd be embarrassed to have my name on this production. Everything about the movie - from the overly soft-focus photography to the under-cooked CGI - screams low-budget. Timur Bekmambetov is a director with vision but here, without the proper filmmaking muscle behind him, the result feels more like a made-for-TV movie.
My rate: 40% - I thought the premise isn't actually as silly as people make it out to be however if only there were more consistency to the plot, details and incidents combining fact and fiction downplaying the re-imagination of history in this film. But as far as an impact, this film just ends up being another big budget summer popcorn film that won't be remembered in a few years.
Maybe 1 1/2 stars out of 5 on this one. Admittedly its entertaining at the cost of the need to state how utterly fucking ridiculous it is out loud every 10 minutes. The horse stampede scene was as dumb as a bowl of mice, which was matched only by the line Lincoln delivers when he kills the main bad guy. In the plus column, this movie made Spielberg's Lincoln infinitely more watchable.
Stylistically graceful regardless of ridiculously choreographed action scenes. Sure it could have been a little more concise but it's still entertaining as heck and surprisingly well-written, which is more than I can say for a certain other Lincoln film from 2012.
Destroys its campiness by making the production so pompous and lacks any of the anticipated dark humor and grit. Impressive scenery and every plays their parts well, but it feels like an idea taken way too seriously.