An absorbing, densely packed, sometimes-funny telling of the 16th president's effort to manipulate passage of the 13th Amendment.
Far from being a traditional biographical drama, Lincoln dedicates itself to doing something very few Hollywood films have attempted, much less succeeded at: showing, from historical example, how our political system works in an intimate procedural and personal manner. That the case in point is the hair's-breadth passage by the House of Representatives of the epochal 13th Amendment abolishing slavery and that the principal orchestrator is President Lincoln during the last days of his life endow Steven Spielberg's film with a great theme and subject, which are honored with intelligence, humor and relative restraint.
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