Tedious and boring and unimaginatively directed. Importance of subject and quality of movie is a false equivalency. The most interesting parts were the machinations to get the amendment passed. All other business – the son’s return, the soldiers at the beginning, anything to do with Mrs. Lincoln, anything within twenty minutes of the ending – were extraneous. When it was over I really believed there was a fantastic 100 minute thriller about the politicking involved in politics being smothered inside a 150 minute movie. At least Daniel Day-Lewis was good.
(Apologies for this being less-than-terse, but as Lincoln seems fated to win Best Picture at the Oscars, it seemed fair to go big.)