Genres: Historical drama, Biography
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Jones, Lee Pace, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Costabile, Jackie Haley, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jared Harris, Walton Goggins, Gulliver McGrath, Peter McRobbie, Gloria Reuben, John Hawkes
Synopsis: 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.
Steven Spielberg returns with this impressive biopic about our 16th president, complete in almost every way. Based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, the film focuses tightly on the final four months of Lincoln's life and his political maneuvering in support of the 13th Amendment's abolition of slavery. It's a fascinating backroom movie, hushed and intimate. Daniel Day-Lewis is magnificently human as Lincoln, and the supporting cast almost as impressive. It is a fascinating and careful examination of an incredible figure and time.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune