Anchored by strong supporting turns from a scene-stealing Tommy Lee Jones (Hope Springs) as Pennsylvania congressman Thaddeus Stevens, Sally Field (The Amazing Spider-Man) as Lincoln’s often-needy but politically savvy wife, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) as Lincoln’s oldest son, Robert, who enlists in the Army despite his parents’ objections, Lincoln is a stunning history lesson with plenty of modern-day applications and not a vampire in sight.


  • Violence: The horrors of war are realistically portrayed. In the opening sequence, several people are stabbed and beaten. A battlefield that Lincoln visits is littered with dead bodies. A hospital cart is filled with amputated arms and legs that are thrown in a huge pit. There’s a bloodstained pillow beneath Lincoln’s head on his deathbed.
  • Language/Profanity: The “brief strong language” of the PG-13 rating is a single “f” word. God’s name is paired with da-- on multiple occasions, while Jesus’s name is taken in vain once. There are also several racial epithets aimed at African Americans and a few uses of sh--.
  • Sex/Nudity: None
  • Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking and occasional public drunkenness depicted. Some smoking.
  • Religion: Lincoln talks about how much he’d like to visit the Holy Land so he could walk where David and Solomon did. Mary jokingly refers to herself as a soothsayer. Everyone, whether they’re for or against it, tries to enlist God on their side with the issue of slavery. God’s blessing or guidance is called upon for the resolution against slavery.

Christa Banister is an author and full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

Publication date: November 15, 2012