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Dec 25, 2012 5:13AM
I have read a lot of books on the Civil War and Lincoln.  I was a history major in college and this is my favorite era.  The movie was very accurate right down to the name of the paddleboat that took him to Richmond.  Mr. Lincoln was at times known to curse.  Look at his background and education.  18 months of school total.  He was known for his humorous stories.  He at times used these stories to defuse a tense situation or to tell others his true feelings.  This movie is fantastic and should be a requirement for every high school student.  I took my 86 year old father and my 17 year old son and they loved it.
Dec 19, 2012 9:25AM
I thought this movie was great as a movie, but I am not enough of a history buff to know about its accuracy. All of the leads put in great performances, and D D-L was fantastic. The scenes having to do with the war were gritty and sad. Scenes in Congress feel realistic for the time period. Wish we had more politicians like Lincoln today, who was sincerely trying to do what he thought was best for future of the country, not concerned with his personal enrichment, and who was less photogenic than he was intelligent. The only detail I did not like was Tommy Lee Jones' last scene, which I felt cheapened his character and motivation a bit (again, don't know about accuracy). Definitely worth seeing.
Dec 19, 2012 5:49AM
Not a single vampire in this movie??  RIDICULOUS!!
Jan 2, 2013 9:58AM
took my 88 year old mom to see this movie and both of us were very impressed..if you only see 1 movie all year ,this is the one
Dec 30, 2012 12:45AM
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.  Daniel Day Lewis will most definitely receive another Oscar for his role as Lincoln.  Sally Field was very good as Mrs. Lincoln.  The sets, costumes, history were very authentic.  It was very interesting to see that the Democrats in 1865 were very much like today's Republicans, and the Republicans in 1865 were very much like today's Democrats!
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Top 10 movies of 2012

2. "Lincoln"

If you ever had the impression that films about American history were "boring," Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" will change your mind. With a brilliant script by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner and a magnificent performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as our idealistic but very human 16th president, Spielberg keeps us on the edge of our seats -- even though we know how things are going to turn out! With Sally Field as the troubled first lady, Tommy Lee Jones as radical Republican congressional leader Thaddeus Stevens, and a cast of perfectly chosen actors, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, David Strathairn and James Spader, this immensely entertaining film draws us into the final four months of Lincoln's life, focusing on his efforts to have the Thirteenth Amendment outlawing slavery pass the contentious U.S. House of Representatives. You think today's Washington is rife with corruption, scandal, backstabbing and name-calling? Just wait until you spend a few hours in 1865! Daniel Day-Lewis' uncanny portrayal of Abraham Lincoln reveals the man behind the legend -- a man full of humor, fear, hope and the stress of trying to unite a bitterly divided country. Day-Lewis might as well start preparing his two Best Actor Oscars for a new addition to the family. -- Danny Miller

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