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Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 15, 2013
    83
    Engaging docudrama with lots of interesting detail. Worth watching.
  2. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Feb 15, 2013
    80
    If Mr. Spielberg’s "Lincoln" achieves greatness largely through the detailed performances of Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and others, Killing Lincoln also has details to recommend it--historical details, the kind of tidbits that (along with Mr. Hanks’s assured narration) can hold your attention, even though the tale is familiar.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 15, 2013
    80
    The Nat Geo movie is a thoroughly entertaining, exciting docudrama.
  4. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Feb 15, 2013
    75
    As fascinating as the minutiae are, fine work by the cast makes me wish this had been a fully scripted miniseries.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Feb 15, 2013
    75
    Much of the time, this production plays out like an educational-film reenactment instead of a big-budget film.... Killing Lincoln is most effective in conveying just how determined Booth was.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Feb 19, 2013
    60
    Killing Lincoln gives us some of the lost minutia of the event. Those factoids, like the disappearance of the one autopsy photo of Booth, are intriguing. It’s only the TV-drama flourishes that aren’t.
  7. Reviewed by: Sara Smith
    Feb 19, 2013
    50
    If the film sins against history, it's in the many omissions of intriguing minutiae that made the book worthwhile.
  8. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Feb 15, 2013
    50
    It's a good refresher course, but not a hugely gripping one.
  9. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 15, 2013
    50
    Nothing new is revealed in the National Geographic Channel's first scripted special, Killing Lincoln. But that doesn't mean the decently written and adequately performed docudrama is unwelcome.
  10. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 15, 2013
    50
    It's much more a bare-bones recitation, with some interesting sidelights in the telling.
  11. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Feb 15, 2013
    50
    Only when it has 20 minutes left to live does Killing Lincoln knock it off with the hokey structure and melodrama and let the story itself take charge.
  12. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Feb 19, 2013
    40
    Killing Lincoln wears its historical accuracy like a ball and chain, clunking where it should inspire, dragging where it should pulse with dread.
  13. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Feb 19, 2013
    40
    The most interesting thing about Killing Lincoln, in fact, is how it can be so tepidly uninteresting.
  14. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 15, 2013
    40
    Much of the history is spoken, not seen, and though Campbell does the best he can with his role, the docudrama seems thin and disconnected--as if the scripted, acted parts are merely in service of Hanks’ narration.
  15. Reviewed by: J.C. Macek III
    Feb 19, 2013
    30
    The result is disappointing, sensationalistic and silly.

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