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Lincoln

ages 13+ | 97% Say It's Worth Your Time

With the nation embroiled in still another year with the high death count of Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) brings the full measure of his passion, humanity and political skill to what would become his defining legacy: to end the war and permanently abolish slavery through the 13th Amendment. Having great courage, acumen and moral fortitude, Lincoln pushes forward to compel the nation, and those in government who oppose him, to aim toward a greater good for all mankind.


Runtime: 2 hr 29 min

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, David Strathairn, Jared Harris, Sally Field, Tommy Jones, Walton Goggins, John Hawkes, Gulliver McGrath

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Rated PG-13 Intense Scene of War Violence|Brief Strong Language|Some Images of Carnage

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  • tpoppleton (Male) Deseret News Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Sacrificing story for scope, “Lincoln” gives “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” a run for its money for the honor of having the most endings in a single movie.

    But while the film may not work in its entirety, it’s still definitely worth your time. The moments that do work are some of the best of 2012, and Day-Lewis’ performance is a wonderful tribute to the man so many Americans love and admire.

    The film is rated PG-13 because of some vulgarity, and brief scenes containing gruesome battle shots of wounded soldiers.

    November 16th, 2012 · Details
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  • AaronShill (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I didn't think I'd enjoy a movie with two-plus hours of dialogue, but "Lincoln" was engaging from start to finish. Daniel Day-Lewis was so incredibly natural as the president.

    April 10th, 2013 · Details
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  • moviechick17 (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    I love Steven Spielberg Movies! Daniel Day Lewis is Awesome :D I think he win an Oscar for his performance. If you haven't seen the movie I think you should check it out :) If you want a full review check out my review at http://moviechick17.tumblr.com/

    February 21st, 2013 · Details
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  • stolman (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    This is a great movie. The performances by Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens are well worth the investment. The message of the movie on what Lincoln had to do to win the war, pass the amendment to abolish slavery and keep the union together is remarkable. Politics haven't changed much with back door lobbying and deals being made to get things done.

    I thought Spielberg caught the spirit and character of Lincoln quite well.

    November 27th, 2012 · Details
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  • Back-Row-Pete (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    This is a great history lesson wrapped in an excellent movie format. Every American should see it, if for no other reason than that it deals with our common roots as a nation. The opening battle scene and a bit of gore disposing amputations from a hospital are a bit much for younger childen. (Parents should also note the "brief strong language" rating.) But teens and up would do well to learn from the pivotal events in our history that are portrayed.

    November 17th, 2012 · Details
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  • richman9 (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    If you're really interested in the story of what happened and who Lincoln was as a man, you'll love it. Otherwise, you'll probably be bored. Long and slow moving. It shows how tragic and personal the civil war was

    December 28th, 2012 · Details
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  • Christy.Hurlman (Female)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    I say 15 simply because it is a fairly intellectual movie, although, my 12 year old daughter LOVED it! Best movie of the year! Best Actor, Daniel Day Lewis. Best Supporting Actor, Tommy Lee Jones. Best Supporting Actress, Sally Fields. Best Director, Steven Spielberg. Great, great movie. An insiders view of the political process. WOW! What is takes to pass a bill, tempering emotion for the greater good, convincing a nei say-er. Amazing. Daniel Day Lewis is simply perfect as Lincoln, his steadfast determination. However, the surprise performance of Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddius Stephens was spectacular! This is a must see movie, and should also be slated as a field trip for all high school civics classes throughout the country! Amazing film! Run, don't walk to see it! <3

    December 25th, 2012 · Details
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  • Ken (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    A very engaging film, even though it's comprised mostly of talking. Several meaningful and uplifting lessons to take away as well. Some cursing and gore should give parents with young children pause, and most children will simply not enjoy the film due to it's heavy reliance on dialog rather than explosions or comedy.

    Absolutely a worthwhile watch - go see Lincoln.

    November 27th, 2012 · Details
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  • LeslieSumner (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    A great movie that shows the human side of Lincoln. A kind soul who loved children and loved to tell a good story. Many important life lessons taught. The movie shows that our nation has never been easy to build or preserve. Every generation must step up to preserve our nation and freedom.

    November 27th, 2012 · Details
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  • Ohmy (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie is definitely worth your time. I am not a history expert or fact checker but I think the plot was well developed, highlighting very important moments in the life of President Lincoln and the history of the United States. Daniel Day-Lewis was spectacular in his role. I loved his character, how much emotion and loyalty to values and principles he portrayed. I also loved Sally Field's character, loved the emotion and suffering as a wife of the president and a mother. Tommy Lee Jones also did amazing. The violence of war and graphic scenes of amputated limbs can be too much for a younger audience. Definitely a movie that will move people.

    November 17th, 2012 · Details
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  • Jim (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    This was perfectly acted by Daniel Day Lewis and is a story worthy of the talents of a filmmaker like Spielberg. In my opinion this is a "must see" for all teens learning about American history. Be warned, however, that there is some profanity in this film including one eff word and some GDs, as well as a couple of ess words. There are also a couple of graphic scenes of civil war battle fields. For these reasons I do not feel that children under 13 should watch this movie.

    Putting together a coherent and entertaining film from historical sources is going to require some invention, and there is a danger in anyone believing a movie like "Lincoln" to be the gospel truth. However, Spielberg and his writer do put together a convincing and worthwhile portrayal of history, regardless of minor historical accuracies or invented conversations. The heaviest realization a viewer of this film will have is of the great sacrifices Americans have made in history for the sake of equality and freedom.

    April 9th, 2013 · Details
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  • britt124 (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    in my opinion, BEST film of the year. steven spielberg masterfully tells the story accompanied by a magnificent john williams score and flawlessly executed by daniel day-lewis, sally field, and tommy lee jones (surprisingly enough). the only reason i rated it 12+ is that the historical significance, depth and context may not mean much to those younger than 12. EVERYONE should see this movie!

    January 2nd, 2013 · Details
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  • smoman (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Oscar worthy performances make this film excellent. The fact that Steven Speilberg directed doesn't hurt either. Great film portraying a portion of American history and a great president.

    December 20th, 2012 · Details
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  • macey5150 (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    I don't know where to begin - this movie is excellent! Despite it's political nature, it is very engaging and although the drama can be heavy at times, Lincoln delivers some good laughs as well. I put it for ages 12+, mostly because younger kids wouldn't be interested with all the dialogue. There are some battle scenes at the start which are not graphic, but later on there is some gore as you see them disposing of amputated limbs, and there is also a scene as Lincoln tours the battlefield after the fight ended and there is a significant wound shown in the abdomen of one of the bodies. As for profanity, it is generally mild, but there is one instant of the "f" word. This movie is definitely worth your time - I have a much greater appreciation of Abraham Lincoln as a result of this film. Kudos to Steven Spielberg for directing another phenomenal and significant film!

    November 24th, 2012 · Details
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  • rerekson (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Powerful movie cheapened by the unnecessary "F" bomb. Come on now, it really wasn't necessary.

    January 22nd, 2014 · Details
  • explorer801 (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    An absolutely spellbinding biopic which surprised me from start to finish. Firstly, I learned things about Mr. Lincoln, his wife, and associates that I never knew. The film mainly focuses on Lincoln's struggle to end the war & abolish slavery. I expected to see his beginnings and untimely end, but it really does not show much about that. As a matter of fact it never even mentions the name John Wilkes Booth. In a film like "Lincoln", one must begin with the cast. We all know double Oscar-winner Daniel Day Lewis can do just about anything, and he is choosy about the parts he takes. It makes me wonder if having Steven Spielberg as a director made it easier for him to say yes. All I can say, is we're lucky he did because he embodies the role of the President, playing the part with grace and charm, even through all his struggles. But it's also as if you can tell Day-Lewis really loves his character. It shines through. He is a guaranteed lock for a Best Actor Oscar nomination coming up. The make-up is some of the most subtle & jaw-dropping I have seen since Martin Landau's transformation to Bela Lugosi in "Ed Wood". The facial make-up is key-on. But what I could not grasp is how they made Day-Lewis' arms & legs longer. He is so tall and it is never unconvincing. I swear, even his fingers look massively long. It's astounding. The rest of the cast is FULL of past Oscar winners & nominees including Sally Field, David Strathairn, Tommy Lee Jones, Hal Holbrook, Jackie Earle Haley, & John Hawkes. I wouldn't be surprised to see either Tommy Lee Jones or David Strathairn receive Oscar nominations. It also features James Spader, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tim Blake Nelson, & Lee Pace from TV's wonderful "Pushing Daisies". Along with Day-Lewis, Sally Field is all but a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination. Her Mrs. Lincoln is sad, scared, inappropriate at times, and sometimes very strong-willed. Her scenes with Day-Lewis are intense at times, and they are nothing short of dynamic. Those scenes are some of the film's best. The screenplay is brilliantly written, though my one complaint is that it could have used a 5-10 minute edit. There are a few scenes that seem repetitive & overdone. Surely the script will get an Oscar nomination, along with the make-up, costume design, art direction, directing, and the movie itself is sure to get a nomination. I will say that due to the performances & direction/script, the latter part of the film brought me to tears, which is rare (especially in a sold out theater). The entire film is absolutely brilliant. I would tell just about anyone to go see it. I was mesmerized by Daniel Day-Lewis & Sally Field, the makeup, the costumes, the stern direction from Spielberg, and I learned things I had never know about Abraham Lincoln before. What more can you ask for in a movie?

    September 3rd, 2013 · Details
  • Clearplay clearplay.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Lincoln is a sincere, heartfelt attempt to recreate an era, and is successful at illustrating a piece of American history, though a more apt title might be The 13th Amendment because Lincoln sits out large portions of the film. Daniel Day–Lewis in the title role is deserving of his Oscar, with good supporting performances from Sally Field, James Spader, and Tommy Lee Jones. It’s a strong effort from Steven Spielberg, though some viewers may find it talkie, dull and overly long... See Full Review

    August 8th, 2013 · Details
  • ninerneale (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Great and informative but long and good luck holding your kids to the screen for the entire movie.

    July 29th, 2013 · Details
  • randybgunn

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie is definitely worth a watch for the sake of history and the story. Don't expect any action in this thing or really any character development. It is all about the passing the 13th ammendment and how they got there. It has some great acting and is very well done.

    June 28th, 2013 · Details
  • hotsoup (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    This was an excellent Movie, had me very interested the whole way through. It was very nicely put together and the acting was great! I wasn't too happy about Lincoln's voice at first but it quickly grew on me. One of the only things I did not like about this movie was the profanity, there was a lot more than I expected. It felt like they were almost forcing the cussing into in some parts, other than that I loved the movie and recommend it to everyone who love history.

    May 25th, 2013 · Details
  • kevin.daughtrey (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Simply fantastic! Daniel Day Lewis's best performance sine The Last of the Mokicins

    May 5th, 2013 · Details
  • Chris (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Daniel Day Lewis put on one of the best performances I have ever seen! Hands down one of the best movies of the year, engaging, intriguing and just an amazing movie!

    May 2nd, 2013 · Details
  • julia.bond.33 (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Outstanding movie. Fantastic performances. If you aren't American you may want to bone up on the history of the 13th Amendment and the Civil War a little so you don't get lost but even without doing so you will enjoy the acting.

    April 14th, 2013 · Details
  • amanda.mullinax.5 (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    “No one is loved as much as you by the people. Don't waste that power.” –Mary Todd Lincoln.

    I’m not sure that that’s a real quote but it is in the movie Lincoln which makes it credible enough for me to quote it here. This review is all about Lincoln. This is a new release on Redbox and if you’re a history buff, this is the movie for you.

    Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Lincoln who is trying to get slavery abolished and pass the 13th amendment. Lincoln can only do this with the help of his lobbyists.

    I wish I could tell you more about this movie but I saw it during Thanksgiving with my family. It was a whole semester ago and I was exhausted from a drive the day before Thanksgiving and then the food coma that came with a Thanksgiving feast. As soon as the movie started I started fighting what I call “the head bobs”. Shortly thereafter, I passed out.

    Here is what I do remember; Day-Lewis was incredible in his role. Tommy Lee Jones was equally good and had some great one-liners. The show was stolen by the three lobbyists.

    From what I hear and what the critics say, this was an incredible movie. It’s funny and pointed considering what’s going on in our world today. Things were changing in Lincoln’s day and this movie illustrated what exactly Lincoln went through trying to abolish slavery and end the Civil War. Day-Lewis won Best Actor this year at the Oscars and truly deserved it. He is incredible in the movie and is super funny.

    My dad and I quoted the film for the rest of the day and I would re-watch, and by re-watch I mean watch again. If you have some free time this weekend, and you probably will because finals are coming, run out to Redbox and rent Lincoln.

    April 10th, 2013 · Details
  • kalonni.tiffany (Female)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    This was a very interesting film. I enjoyed it for the most part, but the men in my life seemed a bit more interested in it.

    April 4th, 2013 · Details
  • marcie.carter.3 (Female)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    Daniel Day-Lewis was absolutely AMAZING...he captured what I envision Lincoln to look, move, and sound like. He was truly transformed. The insight into his thoughts and heart and how that shaped his decisions was profound. The other actors added to the rich content of this movie. The relationship between Mary Lincoln & the President just sucked you into their personal lives, and Sally Fields was at her best in this. Made me want to delve into historical accounts more deeply. Well Done!

    March 15th, 2013 · Details
  • ParentsTelevisionCouncil Parents Television Council

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    Lincoln is genuinely inspiring in its portrayal of a great man, and as a reflection of a time of great turmoil – yet one in which human rights were affirmed forever... See Full Review

    February 25th, 2013 · Details
  • woolfie (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Very authentic in it's content. Well reseached but some of the incidence are probably made up to make the story flow more smoothly. Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Fields and Tommy Lee Jones are the characters they play.

    February 23rd, 2013 · Details
  • Lovey13 (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    One of the greatest movies I've seen in a long time!!!

    February 2nd, 2013 · Details
  • SULLIVAN-9910 (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Both my wife and I are history buffs. We both loved this movie! I am the type that in 99% of the cases, I only see a movie once, but I would see this one again. It is outstanding!

    January 5th, 2013 · Details
  • commanderrobbot (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Daniel Day-Lewis nails Lincoln. Best acting I've seen in years.

    January 4th, 2013 · Details
  • wwhitlock (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Great portrait of Lincoln. Meticulously detailed costuming and scenery. As a History teacher I loved it.
    But consider this. The movie is almost 100% dialogue. If your kids need action, they may need to wait a bit before seeing it.

    January 1st, 2013 · Details
  • toddjhandy (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    GREAT movie! For the most part great acting, especially Daniel Day Lewis. I'm a fan of Tommy Lee Jones, but I thought he was a bit weak in his believability, but his passion for the issue came through, and I didn't see the twist coming at the end. Awesome turn there! Having been to Gettysburg, felt the spirit on those hallowed grounds, and knowing enough about Lincoln, it was great to see THIS chapter of his Presidency and his life, how close he came to not getting the amendment passed (spoiler alert!) :-), and the grinding the war and the slavery issue must have been on him. Not to mention his wife was a bit loony. Excellent movie, a must see!

    December 22nd, 2012 · Details
  • A.O.SCOTT (Male) The New York Times

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    ...the genius of "Lincoln," finally, lies in its vision of politics as a noble, sometimes clumsy dialectic of the exalted and the mundane... Read full review here

    November 30th, 2012 · Details
  • JamesBerardinelli (Male) Reel Views

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Lincoln [the movie] shows us an intelligent, folksy person whose greatest assets are his conscience and his ability to play the game of politics as well as any man...The film's themes are powerful but Lincoln stands as tall as it does because of a series of amazing performances...Bring the past vividly to life...More importantly, at no time have I felt as close to the real-life figure as I did while watching Spielberg's movie... Read full review here

    November 30th, 2012 · Details
  • RogerEbert (Male) Chicago Sun-Times Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    I've rarely been more aware than during Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"...Rarely has a film attended more carefully to the details of politics... Read full review here

    November 30th, 2012 · Details
  • ClaudiaPuig (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    This is a profoundly thought-provoking portrait of 16th president and his drive to end slavery and unite the country...an absorbing, intellectual look at the political machinations involved in abolishing slavery... Read full review here

    November 30th, 2012 · Details
  • PeterTravers (Male) Rolling Stone

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Tony Kushner blows the dust off history by investing it with flesh, blood and churning purpose. Kushner lets the words come in torrents as Lincoln uses every argument and backroom trick at his disposal to force friend and foe to heal a divided nation...to audiences who prefer visual stimulation to verbal fireworks, Lincoln may seem like a lot of white dudes in wigs shouting at one another. To each his own...the movie holds us in its grip...The result, glitches and all, is a great American movie... Read full review here

    November 30th, 2012 · Details
  • OwenGleiberman (Male) Entertainment Weekly

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    [Lincoln] is one of the most authentic biographical dramas I've ever seen...The movie is grand and immersive. It plugs us into the final months of Lincoln's presidency with a purity that makes us feel transported as though by time machine...Lincoln brilliantly dramatizes the delicacy of politics, along with the raw brutality of it...Lincoln is a stirring paradox, a dream of history as it might truly have happened... Read full review here

    November 30th, 2012 · Details
  • RichardCorliss (Male) Time

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Renouncing his tendency to make every movie take emotional flight, Spielberg sticks to the story as Kushner has artfully compressed it. Lincoln is brain food and, at another pivotal moment in American political history, an instructive feast... Read full review here

    November 30th, 2012 · Details

Okfor ages12+