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2,451 Ratings


Directed by Steven Spielberg
United States, India, 2012
History, Drama, War


Daniel Day-Lewis won his third Academy Award for his portrayal of the 16th President of the United States of America as he struggles with his cabinet during the American Civil War to free the slaves.

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Lincoln Directed by Steven Spielberg

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2013 | 2 wins including: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

2013 | 10 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year



New York Film Critics

2012 | 3 wins including: Best Actor

Weird. Because at a text level, this is exemplary. But I’m coming around to the idea that Spielberg isn’t quite suited to it, his usual paternal obsessions and emotional crescendos shoehorned (chillily) into a narrative about compromising your beliefs and/or playing dirty for a perceived greater good.
August 10, 2015
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Kushner’s formalized but fascinating talk often leaves little in the way of overt emotion to guide some of the movie’s very best moments; searching in vain for an emotional pinpoint, Spielberg offers moments that are surprisingly un-Spielbergian, that lend his Lincoln an impressive breadth of thought and zone of inward shadow.
November 12, 2013
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[The scene where Lincoln and his wife talk about his dream] could be read as either an arbitrary acknowledgment of Lincoln’s documented interest in psychic phenomena or a brief opportunity for Spielberg and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski to reprise their watery fishbowl motif from Minority Report, but it really serves the more interesting, ambitious purpose of establishing Lincoln as a comedy of the narcissism that binds prophecy with political policy.
March 27, 2013
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