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Old 11-11-2012, 09:52 PM   #1
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Was it just me or was this movie boring as f*ck? An inconsequential and muddled narrative filled with 2.5 hours of speechifying.

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Old 11-11-2012, 10:09 PM   #2
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it was just you
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:31 AM   #3
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It wasn't just you.

http://observer.com/2012/11/lincoln-...mmy-lee-jones/
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Lincoln is also a colossal bore. It is so pedantic, slow-moving, sanitized and sentimental that I kept pinching myself to stay awake—which, like the film itself, didn’t always work.
http://www.nj.com/entertainment/inde...daniel_da.html
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all those performances are stranded in the middle of a movie that seems determined to be dull.

for a man so funny, so vital, so literally larger than life, "Lincoln" remains a Daguerreotype — careful, quiet and dully framed.
http://www.tonymedley.com/2012/Lincoln.htm
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I don't know what has happened to Spielberg because when he was a young man, pace was his specialty... this film is devoid of pace. It drags on and on and on, without credibility or cohesion.

Forget all the adulatory plaudits you might read, this could be the most boring movie ever made.
But this is the review that confirms what I expected of the film from the trailers. I stated at the time that it looked like it was going to be a hagiography.

http://www.filmfreakcentral.net/ffc/...coln-2012.html
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What could have been an affecting, quiet bit with our most revered national figure ends with a clumsily proselytized mission statement...

The problem is that what Spielberg does best--really all he does, anymore--is mythologize his subjects. This makes him the obvious but worst choice for a film about the single most mythologized figure in our short history... Spielberg is entirely incapable of treating Lincoln as anything other than a holy, sainted martyr.

it's also impossible not to be offended by Spielberg's inability to resist printing the legend
That one might have predicted that this was going to be Spielberg's approach doesn't make it any less disappointing.

Please, keep this man away from directing the Star Wars sequels.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:39 AM   #4
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Not surprised, I'm not fond of revisionist history, as far as I could see the vampires had been totally cut out of the story!
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:52 AM   #5
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Was it just me or was this movie boring as f*ck?
I think a much more interesting question is, what was it about your knowledge of Lincoln or 19th century American politics that led you to believe this film would be anything other than exactly what it is?

Was there something in the trailer, the advertising, or the early reviews that misrepresented this film?

What are you doing to re-calibrate your own expectations so you don't continue to keep making this same mistake over and over?
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:43 AM   #6
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it's 92% fresh on RT. the critics almost universally praise it. but aside from that, it's just a great bringing to life of a crucial moment in American history and a figure that most people think of as a marble statue in Washington.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:26 AM   #7
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:57 AM   #8
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it's 92% fresh on RT. the critics almost universally praise it.
Critics make a living by saying how awesome movies are.

This looks like nothing more than awards fodder and a vehicle for DDL to win a third Oscar.

Spielberg lost it about 10 years ago. He can't make great films anymore.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:09 PM   #9
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Why make a movie about someone we already hear about 24/7?

I'd like to see them make a movie about Calvin Coolidge, the do-nothing president who was nonetheless hugely popular and presided over the roaring 20s. That'd actually be interesting to watch.

HL Mencken, after Coolidge's death:

"He had no ideas, and he was not a nuisance."
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:44 PM   #10
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Eff that. Bring on a William Henry Harrison biopic. It'll be a short film.
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