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  1. Bilouaustria's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    CINEMA, 35mm _ In 1939, Ford directed three amazing films, this one being the less famous, almost the forgotten one. Nothing like a traditional biopic, it's a clever portrait of a man who likes to win (whatever how). If Lincoln is Ford's hero, he is here never presented as such, but more like a figure of multiple faces. After the process, leaving the court, there is this iconic shot of Abe becoming Lincoln. Powerful.

  2. VincentVendetta's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    Perhaps Ford is a bit too much in love with his icon, unable to hold back on the mythic speeches Lincoln was known for, but at this point it is only inevitable. The simple man has become the legend till the end of times. Young Mr. Lincoln finds its place in the history of the great filmmaker; that of a man, a nation, ripped apart and confronted to its destiny. To be or not to be.

  3. FISCHER's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    Une évocation humaniste et sensible de la jeunesse d'Abraham Lincoln, futur président des Etats-Unis, et qui en tant que brillant avocat saura confondre un criminel ..... www.cinefiches.com

  4. gabi gabi gabi's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    Great performance by Henry Fonda. It seemed to me that many of the actors were stage actors and overacted or focused on body language which was unfortunate. However, it was a simple, well executed script.

  5. Ethan's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    Henry Fonda gives a stellar performance as Abraham Lincoln and John Ford delivers an intimate and passionate film about one of the greatest Americans.

  6. bryanvmh's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    The movie finds a way to have Henry Fonda occupy all of an internal frame in basically every shot, the narrative becomes a mixture of "what is going to happen next?" with "What space is Abe going to fill up with his righteous wit?"

  7. James Mackin's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    Henry Fonda plays a good Lincoln, but I've seen better courtroom dramas.

  8. Drew Kelly's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    Hmmm...sort a of coming-into-manhood mythologizing of Lincoln? The script didn't do it for me, and it was frustrating to watch an extended court scene with two very incompetent lawyers. an intriguing character study, and that's all to me, unfortunately.

  9. Hugo Poderoso's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    Plotted around a small town trial, Young Mr. Lincoln becomes a meditation on the fundamental principles of law, society and politics. It's still as relevant today as it was in 1939.

  10. Emily O's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    in a world short of morals...something soemthing tall man like lincoln

  11. Vincent T's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    I remember not disliking this…

  12. porquenão's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

  13. Nelson Núñez's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

  14. Daniel Metcalf's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    Reminds you just how powerful a film can be, the type of experience that when it's over I ask myself "what would I do without cinema?"

  15. Dignan's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    Propaganda. And the ending is nonsensical.

  16. Andrew Hoekstra's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    Ford's ability to make simple and stupid jokes seem truly funny is remarkable. The film's beauty lies in these silly moments of humor that really shouldn't be as affecting as they somehow are .

  17. Marc St-Cyr (Death cinéphilia)'s rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

  18. Brendan's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    Fluctuating between myth and man, periodically, and without the will to choose which.

  19. Duncan Gray's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    Ford is a director of paradox. The climactic courtroom drama is pure hokum, never mind that it's based in history—the storytelling would barely pass muster in bad TV. But Ford laces the corniest plots with rich emotions and subtexts. Lincoln being greeted by the applause of the rabble and scared shitless by their irrationality is a stunningly poetic interpretation of American history.

  20. Aaron G.'s rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    Straddling the edge between cornball and humane genius brilliantly. Amazing subtlety in the visual compositions, the acting, and in the wonderfully reserved emotions. Henry Fonda's legs deserve their own billing.

  21. tibber's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    The scenes by the river, and the final shot of Lincoln ascending the hill, are by themselves enough to push this into greatness no matter how corny it tended to get in between.

  22. robNblu's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    There is a certain cleverness and craft to any given shots of this movie. The characters and their place within the framework of the story is introduced through their relationship with the camera and other objects in the space of a shot. It is remarkable how much massage a great director can convey just by placing the actors in the right distance of each other and the camera.

  23. AKFilmFan's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

    Though he doesn't reach the perfection of DDL, Fonda does embody the gentle humanity and conviction of Lincoln with Ford's commanding direction that offers up a slice of fried gold Americana.

  24. Francesco Maria Carreri's rating of the film Young Mr. Lincoln

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