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  • Release Date: Feb 15, 2013
Metascore
23

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Feb 13, 2013
    50
    Odd and not entirely uninteresting little docudrama.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 15, 2013
    20
    The movie’s gimmick is having the actors visually superimposed over sets created from actual Civil War photographs. But this collage effect, while striving for truthfulness, comes off like a View-Master version of a tale already told.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Feb 13, 2013
    50
    A curiosity telling the President's story through the eyes of longtime friend Ward Hill Lamon, it's of interest only to serious history-hounds and techies curious about its unusual green-screen production.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Feb 14, 2013
    40
    The whole affair has an artificial look reminiscent of a community theater production on a cardboard set. The vintage images don’t add enough to make up for the visual distraction. The story, though, is of moderate interest.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Feb 12, 2013
    0
    The tragic ending the material demands precludes viewers from complaining that the movie is the most unpleasant thing that could happen in a theater.
  6. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Feb 15, 2013
    0
    At its worst, the film is a panoply of ersatz camera placement and terrible scene blocking, actors having no clue how to interact with their surroundings as they rifle through dialogue that stands as a series of historical checkpoints rather than a cohesive story.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Feb 15, 2013
    38
    Under even the best of circumstances, Saving Lincoln would have to inevitably face the scrutiny of potential redundancy.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Feb 19, 2013
    20
    Saving Lincoln feels amateurish, strange and beyond redress.
  9. Reviewed by: Bill Edelstein
    Feb 13, 2013
    40
    The script, while largely historically accurate, is undermined by stilted dialogue, and the picture is laced with ill-fitting parts that wind up literally all over the matte. The result is a film better suited to classrooms than theaters.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 27, 2013
    7
    With the recent success of Lincoln you knew it was only time before this we got more movies and documentary's about Abraham Lincoln and to myWith the recent success of Lincoln you knew it was only time before this we got more movies and documentary's about Abraham Lincoln and to my surprise this was quite enjoyable. Full Review »
  2. Jun 29, 2014
    9
    Despite the low budget production, the movie is very good. It shows by an eye witness, the courage, the passion, the suffer, the human AbeDespite the low budget production, the movie is very good. It shows by an eye witness, the courage, the passion, the suffer, the human Abe Lincoln. Its a historical masterpiece, and if you want to learn more about the great american president, I recommend this movie! Full Review »