Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 35
  2. Negative: 9 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 21, 2012
    88
    A blast, the best action movie of the summer.
  2. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jun 21, 2012
    83
    When Bekmambetov is in full stride and the gore, oaths and silver bullets are flying, it's a kick. The title may sound like a joke, but Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is serious fun.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Jun 20, 2012
    78
    Benjamin Walker, as Lincoln, may not have the gangly gravitas of Raymond Massey's "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" – he looks like a young Liam Neeson doing a younger Bruce Campbell, frankly – but he does have a sly, self-effacing sense of humor that feels ever so Lincoln-esque
  4. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 21, 2012
    75
    Instead of getting smirky and campy and blowing out the joke in the first few scenes, Grahame-Smith and director Timur Bekmambetov straight-face it. They ask themselves, well, what would it be like if the main struggle of Lincoln's life were with vampires intent on taking over the new world? And they answer the question as realistically and soberly as they can within this loony framework.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 20, 2012
    75
    Without a doubt the best film we are ever likely to see on the subject - unless there is a sequel, which is unlikely, because at the end, the Lincolns are on their way to the theater.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jun 25, 2012
    70
    There's definitely some empty-calories, summer-movie fun to be found in this ludicrous genre mashup, most of it courtesy of maniacal Russian director Timur Bekmambetov, who stages hilarious, imaginative, almost free-form action sequences like nobody in the business.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Jun 20, 2012
    70
    Genre enthusiasts will lap up the mixture of action and fantasy, while history buffs who don't mind a bit of rewriting will dig into an alternative spin on the Civil War period.
  8. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jun 20, 2012
    70
    A Civil War-era actioner of questionable taste and historical accuracy but surprisingly consistent entertainment value.
  9. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Jun 21, 2012
    63
    A stylish slasher of a movie, a monster flick that does its vampires right, if not their real-life counterparts.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jun 21, 2012
    63
    Both terribly silly and a lot of fun.
  11. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jun 21, 2012
    63
    One expects a movie called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to be rich in wit and black humor, but writer Seth Grahame-Smith and director Timur Bekmambetov opt to play things reasonably straight.
  12. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 21, 2012
    63
    The script leaps forward with an absurdity almost as great as Lincoln's own strength.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jun 25, 2012
    60
    Bekmambetov directs with gusto, and the forthright absurdity of the story, combined with its weirdly heartfelt self-belief is winning.
  14. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jun 22, 2012
    58
    With so much flesh crunching and bloodletting, it could have been scary as all Walking Dead get-out. Instead, the movie plays safe by cutting every theme down the middle - a swing that's effective when splitting wood or vampire skulls, but dull when applied to filmmaking.
  15. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jun 21, 2012
    50
    It sounds fun. It's a little fun. For a while. But Bekmanbetov shoots every killing spree like an addled gamer, working that slow-down-speed-up kill-shot cliche like a maniac.
  16. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Jun 21, 2012
    50
    It's not nearly as snappy or campy as it should be-though its self-seriousness is its own kind of entertainment.
  17. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Jun 20, 2012
    42
    The training montage where Lincoln learns to twirl his axe around his body like a baton for no apparent purpose is neither the movie's first laughable sequence nor its last, but it sums up the movie's aesthetic: The filmmakers mistakenly think nothing is silly if it's done with a grim enough facial expression.
  18. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jun 25, 2012
    40
    It doesn't take long for Bekmambetov to wear out his welcome with a laundry list of generic-looking action sequences: When you've seen one vampire get stabbed in the eyeball, you've seen 'em all.
  19. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jun 25, 2012
    40
    Unfortunately, there's also a certain artificiality to the whole film, both visually and narratively.
  20. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jun 21, 2012
    40
    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is such a smashing title it's too bad someone had to spoil things by making a movie to go with it.
  21. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jun 21, 2012
    40
    Given the subject matter, an exercise in delicacy and restraint was unlikely, but it's too bad that the film's concept is way more entertaining than what has ended up on-screen.
  22. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    Jun 21, 2012
    40
    The grave tone makes it stiff and leaden, the digi-saturated look is a turn-off. Damnable and disordered.
  23. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Jun 21, 2012
    40
    The problem with movies based on a single joke is that a single joke is rarely funny enough to sustain the running time of a feature-length film. And with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the whole joke is in the title.
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jun 21, 2012
    40
    Watching this is like flipping channels randomly between a Masterpiece Theatre drama and a splatter film on Cinemax. If you're like me, you'll stick with the splatter.
  25. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jun 20, 2012
    40
    Possible resulting "fun" is only slightly mitigated by contemplation of the wearisome decadence of American popular culture.
  26. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Jun 20, 2012
    40
    What [Bekmambetov] doesn't do is offer us any respite from his 3D CGI barrage, an assault on the senses that makes the bullet John Wilkes Booth fired into the real Abe's noggin seem calming by comparison.
  27. Reviewed by: James Adams
    Jun 21, 2012
    38
    The biggest high comes from the images evoked by the title alone, or the title in tandem with the movie poster, doesn't it?
  28. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jun 21, 2012
    38
    The movie deserves a stake through the heart.
  29. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jun 21, 2012
    25
    A pox upon history and an insult to the 16th president of the United States. It's that, of course - actually, that's the point - but this joyless, deafening cinematic headache commits a different crime. It's a sin against entertainment.
  30. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jun 21, 2012
    25
    Other than its campy title, not much about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is fun.
  31. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jun 21, 2012
    25
    Enormous in its scope and colossal in its stupidity.
  32. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jun 21, 2012
    20
    What I don't understand is why this extended piece of idiocy chose to sink its stinky teeth into our 16th president. If an axe-wielding hero was required, George Washington would have been the better choice, with the Redcoats as bloodsuckers.
  33. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 21, 2012
    20
    This ludicrous CGI extravaganza, based on the comic horror novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, can stand proudly beside the best-worst of Ed Wood and Uwe Boll.
  34. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 21, 2012
    20
    This insipid mashup of history lesson and monster flick takes itself semi-seriously, which is truly deadly.
  35. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jun 22, 2012
    0
    I didn't know whether to be more offended as a moviegoer or as an American, but I do know I'd rather gargle nitroglycerine than watch this again, though given that the film looks like it were buried under a log cabin for a century, I barely saw it the first time.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 244 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 82
  2. Negative: 17 out of 82
  1. Jun 22, 2012
    9
    An amazing action flick composed of fictional history and vampire ass-kicking! Even though the film has its flaws, the over all win is the action. If you're yearning for amazing fight scenes, excellent set designs and a skilled president, this is your movie. Full Review »
  2. Jun 22, 2012
    4
    Jumped around from part to part way too fast and the plot in the movie deviated from the book wayy too much. Even with these flaws there were parts that I found funny and exciting but i think with a better director and if the plot was more in line with the book it could have been a great movie Full Review »
  3. Jun 27, 2012
    6
    I actually laughed at some of the action in this movie. Not because it was bad, but because it was so over the top ridiculous I couldn't help but be amused. By the same director who did the bullet-bending "Wanted," and if you liked that one you'll probably have fun with this. If not, or if the trailer and concept of a revenge seeking, vampire-killing Abraham Lincoln doesn't put a smile on your face, go ahead and skip. High art and drama is no where to be found here. If you love a good bad action movie, you'll love it. Full Review »