Director Steven Spielberg takes on the towering legacy of Abraham Lincoln, focusing on his stewardship of the Union during the Civil War years. The biographical saga also reveals the conflicts within Lincoln's cabinet regarding the war and abolition.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

This is a thoughtful and very engaging dramatization of what qualities and choices made Lincoln such a great president. It's probably so successful because it chooses only one month in his life to focus on, although it's so fascinating that I would gladly watch an entire 20-hour miniseries made with the same great cast and filmmakers. Daniel Day-Lewis is outstanding, but when isn't he? The usual elements of a great Spielberg production are present -- composer John Williams, photographer Janusz Kaminski, editor Michael Kahn -- but it's the script by Tony Kushner that deflty condenses Doris Kearns Goodwin's book into a manageable 2.5-hour film that is the key to its success. If I have any cause to complain, it's the superfluous coda; the movie goes on for three more scenes than it should.

− December 8, 2012 • more by Scottlog in or create an account to reply

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Samir Mehta: “It ruled.”

Maybe the best Spielberg movie (or tied with Munich) ever. A nuanced and deep historical study with very little of the grandiosity normally embedded into Hollywood.

− December 17, 2012 • more by Samirlog in or create an account to reply

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