Lincoln has had its first major public screening at the 50th New York Film Festival, with reactions flooding Twitter.
The response was mixed, with the naysayers describing the film as a overlong, dull and ‘a history lesson’, but there was plenty of rousingly positive feedback.
When it comes to praise though, it’s the acting that’s singled out, and not just awards-magnet Daniel Day-Lewis. The ensemble also get plenty of credit, with Tommy Lee Jones emerging as an early favourite.
Check out a sample of tweets below:
Lincoln (C) Not as bad as the trailers suggested but not interesting enough to watch again. A fine history lesson but not much more. #NYFF— Cory Everett (@modage) October 9, 2012
Spielberg's LINCOLN is the best film Roberto Rossellini never made. Also one of the best Spielberg did make. #notareview— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) October 9, 2012
Spielberg's Lincoln at #NYFF was rock solid monument to Abe, a bounce back from War Horse. Predix: Oscar noms galore. Tommy Lee Jones FTW— Logan Hill (@loganhill33) October 9, 2012
Obvs Oscar hopes for Lincoln, but I admired it more than I loved its savvy, traditional, smart,well-acted bio. Big film, for better/worse— Logan Hill (@loganhill33) October 9, 2012
LINCOLN (C). Abraham Lincoln: Vote Hunter. best movie ever made for A&E? Spielberg restrained. Musty, redundant, bearded.ddl & tlj = great— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) October 9, 2012
LINCOLN is Spielberg's smallest film since ALWAYS. best when portraying a man isolated by incalculable burden. script divided against itself— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) October 9, 2012
Daniel Day Lewis is excellent in Spielberg's LINCOLN, but Tommy Lee Jones steals the picture #NYFF50— Lou Lumenick (@LouLumenick) October 9, 2012
Lincoln opens in the UK on 25 January 2013 (16 November 2012 in the States).
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