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Age by Age Review For: Lincoln
Lincoln
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Best For Tweens (10-12)
Rated PG-13
Age-By-Age Guide
Educational
President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) prepares for the fight of his life as he sets out to amend the U.S. Constitution and abolish slavery permanently.

Steven Spielberg's historical drama was up for more than 100 awards last year, with Daniel Day-Lewis winning a Best Actor Oscar and Golden Globe for his transformational performance. Older tweens will find the story fascinating, and will be surprised to realize that, almost two centuries later, not much has really changed in the way politics work. When they see what goes on behind the scenes, they will find it amazing that Lincoln was able to accomplish his goal and they may develop a whole new admiration for our country’s 16th President.
Baby (0-2)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Preschool (3-5)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Kids (6-9)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Tweens (10-12)
Maybe With a running time of two and a half hours, the movie probably won't keep the attention of younger tweens, who will just be bored. Many 12-year-olds, though, are likely to be drawn in by this history lesson come to life. They'll appreciate Lincoln's humanity, his conflicts and his sincere desire to do the right thing, and will enjoy getting to see him as a man, husband, and father as well as President. After watching the movie, they may be inspired to watch some of the bonus features and maybe even make Lincoln the subject of their next school biography.
--Lois Alter Mark, the Flicks for Kids Expert
DVD Features
The combo pack comes with Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copies of the movie. The DVD includes "The Journey to Lincoln." The Blu-ray adds "A Historic Tapestry: Richmond, Virginia," "In the Company of Character," "Crafting the Past," "Living with Lincoln" and "In Lincoln's Footsteps."
Points For Parents
Movie Pluses

  • Empowers viewers
  • Provides an important history lesson
  • Gives kids an inside look at politics
Movie Minuses

  • Slavery and bigotry
  • Death, destruction, and dismemberment caused by war
  • Mary Todd Lincoln's grief over the death of a child
  • The President slaps his son