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Based on 9 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
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.
50
Odd and not entirely uninteresting little docudrama.
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.
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.
38
Slant Magazine
Under even the best of circumstances, Saving Lincoln would have to inevitably face the scrutiny of potential redundancy.
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.
20
Saving Lincoln feels amateurish, strange and beyond redress.
0
Village Voice
The tragic ending the material demands precludes viewers from complaining that the movie is the most unpleasant thing that could happen in a theater.
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.

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