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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 181
Fresh: 63 | Rotten: 118

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has visual style to spare, but its overly serious tone doesn't jibe with its decidedly silly central premise, leaving filmgoers with an unfulfilling blend of clashing ingredients.

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 29

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has visual style to spare, but its overly serious tone doesn't jibe with its decidedly silly central premise, leaving filmgoers with an unfulfilling blend of clashing ingredients.

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Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov reinvent the time-honored genre and present the terrifying creatures of the night as they were meant to be experienced -- as fierce, visceral, intense and bloodthristy. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter brings to the screen the secret life of our nation's favorite president...as history's greatest hunter of the undead. -- (C) Official Site

Oct 23, 2012

$37.5M

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The violence quickly becomes numbing, and Benjamin Walker plays Lincoln without the sense of irony needed to keep the historical and supernatural sides of the story consistently entertaining.

July 2, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (2)
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The movie plays safe by cutting every theme down the middle - a swing that's effective when splitting wood or vampire skulls, but dull when applied to filmmaking.

June 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (6)
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Of course it's ridiculous and tasteless and grotesque. It's ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (32)
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The disconnect between intention and final product is a head scratcher.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comment (1)
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Bekmambetov doesn't expect us to take the premise seriously, exactly. But he doesn't seem to want us to laugh at it, either.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (2)
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Bekmambetov ... stages hilarious, imaginative, almost free-form action sequences like nobody in the business.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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Somehow, you can't help but feel vampires deserve better.

August 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
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Rather than create an innovative style to complement the horror-history hybrid, he employs superhero clichés and hackneyed action scenes that only help distract from the ineffectiveness of the film's scant 3-D effects.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

If you thought the American Civil War was about ending slavery, you're in for a rude surprise.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Succeeds in being an entertaining, exciting, and chilling genre hybrid

February 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

As a tongue-in-cheek action mashup, Grahame-Smith and Bekmambetov have, for the most part, delivered an entertaining (albeit campy) historical retelling.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

A rancid hot pot of over-caffeinated action, choppy editing, self-importance and retarded scripting, Lincoln is the worst blockbuster in recent memory...

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

Frankly, if it gets kids talking about history again, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter succeeds where a lot of other films stumble-and even if it's kind of a lame duck, there's still a lot of dignity in that.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Shotgun Critic
Shotgun Critic

What you get with "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is an interesting concept that has a number of structural problems.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter doesn't even come close to living up to the fun, silly nature of its premise. The film is a dull, humorless, ugly-looking slog.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

With the most preposterous of plots, one would expect "Lincoln" to be funny, but it's not. It takes itself as seriously as a disease, and therein lies the biggest problem with this film.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source: FoxNews.com
FoxNews.com

completely ludicrous but fun.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: The National
The National

While the film eventually feels a little exhausting, particularly in the protracted but impressive finale, it works as well as this material possibly could.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

If The Matrix turned the humble spoon into an enduring visual motif for the cinematic dinner table, Vampire Hunter attempts to do the same with a fork.

August 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Crikey | Comment (1)

Bekmambetov knows his way around supernatural movies very well but he just doesn't seem to have the sense of humour needed for this one.

August 5, 2012 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

The most important thing about enjoyably trashy, title-says-it-all action films such as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is to keep everything moving so fast and on such a huge scale that nobody will care too much about how monumentally silly it all is.

August 5, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

Uses cues from the life of the former US President and builds an unwieldy supernatural story on top of it.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

AL:VH is easy to dismiss and equally as easy to forget, but it does what it does well.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

Sounds like it was pitched at the tail-end of a particularly cynical, three-day, coke-fuelled marketing strategy session in between Transformers with Boobs and The Voice: The Movie...

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

What makes Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter so enjoyable is the extent it abandons so many established rules not just in terms of history and genre, but also physics.

July 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

There is just not enough substance to it. Lots of graphic, slo-mo blood spills, big battle scenes and gunfire, axe-wielding Abe chopping down the vampires, albeit often in a blur of action we can't really relish

July 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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Audience Reviews for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

I admit, when I first heard about this movie I was really sceptical. Who wouldn't? It sounds completely absurd even as a work of fiction. Who'd think of putting Lincoln and Vampires together in one movie? But after seeing the first trailer I was really looking forward to this as it had the dark mood and right amount of action you'd expect from such a film.

The movie itself is amazing. It wasn't complete fiction where everything was just a story. The important parts of history where in this. Obviously not as they happened, with the Vampires, but always with a touch of real happenings. The deaths of Lincolns mother Nancy and son William, the marriage with Mary Todd, travelling on the Mississippi to New Orleans, his view on slavery and the war, just to mention a view. I as a Vampire fan from child days on thought the way they were portrayed was just right. They might not have been burnt by the sunlight and have two main fangs rather than only fangs but other than that the way they were shown was great. I think seeing this in 3D would've been even better. The action scenes were just right, maybe not as harsh as some thought but to me it didn't have to be all brutal. In fact if it would've been the rest of the story might have been pushed to the background. As I said in other reviews I always like to mention the music as a movie would be nothing without it. It either complements the film or disturbs it with unnecessary songs and sounds. The music was just right, adding the dark mood more intense than a picture only. 4 1/2 Stars 12=15-13
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Silly premise aside, this film is a mess of torrid pacing and charisma vacuumed non-acting.
December 6, 2013
aliceinpunderland

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is not good enough to be taken seriously and a bit too good to label as a b-movie. It should be regarded as a really good big budget b-movie. Take it for what it is and what it always set out to do and you cannot fault it. If the idea got you excited then I think you'll probably enjoy it. It's better than Van Helsing anyway. The only thing I didn't like was the inclusion of Lincoln's son dying of a Vampire bite instead of the truth that he actually died of typhoid. It just didn't sit well with me, his other son's aren't in the film, why include the first one that died? Anyway, I liked it for all its B-movie goodness.
August 13, 2013
SirPant

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Since reading the book, written by the same person who did this screenplay, I have wanted to love this wholly. Alas, that was never to be, because though I love playful interpretation of history, and I love the supernatural for all it's worth, this film does not mash the two ideas into a coherent and enjoyable story. Really, this has all the elements of a very badly made indie horror film, but with historical accuracy and a big budget. That's my first main problem actually: the historical accuracy. Like the book this film follows the actual timeline of Lincoln's life, which means that everything he does, whether fighting vampires, or getting tutored by the character of Henry (Cooper), it's in a setting that Lincoln actually lived in. That means that most of the movie takes place in a small Illinois town, and mostly revolves around Lincoln slaying vampires, unnamed and mostly unarmed. Even with the endless action, there aren't any real stakes, except brutal revenge on Lincoln's part, and that doesn't really fuel anything. Even when he has the enemy of two very evil and assassinating vampires take the reins and start the Civil War, we know he's going to win against them. There's a shoehorned climax involving a train, which doesn't propel anything forward. The effects weren't even that great; if we're being perfectly frank, and most of the time the characters are surrounded by so many effects that we can barely even see them let alone get into it. The movie also uses vampires as the reason for the Civil War, which is taken from the book, but unlike the book Lincoln is given a black friend and from the start wants an end to slavery. Why could that truth be broken and yet he has to be in a certain place when certain vampire slaying takes place? That and Mary Todd isn't crazy but a caring and diligent wife, which is just too far from the truth. The only part of this film that can even be described as awesome would be the ending, which really feeds well into the credits, and is a better ending than in the book. This film doesn't even get to be silly stupid action fun, because most of the action is shrouded in CGI, and there aren't many stakes, even at the end. For a film that has elements that everybody loves, nobody explicitly loves this film.
May 15, 2013
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    1. Henry Sturges: If the silver wasn't on the train, then where is it?
    2. Will Johnson: This isn't the only railway. [referring to the Under Ground Railway]
    – Submitted by Shandelle K (18 months ago)
    1. Henry Sturges: There is darkness EVERYWHERE! You are not the only one who has lost everything!
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (20 months ago)
    1. Henry Sturges: If vengeance is all you seek, you will never be able to save mankind. Fight this war with me, not for one man but for the whole world... Mr President.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (20 months ago)
    1. Abraham Lincoln: Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (20 months ago)
    1. Abraham Lincoln: I'm sorry, Mary. I'm sorry I've kept you in the dark all these years... I need you, Mary.
    2. Mary Todd Lincoln: I've waited a long time to hear you say those words.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (20 months ago)
    1. Mary Todd Lincoln: Well, I wouldn't back away from what's right just because it's hard. My father used to say: plant your feet and stand firm. The only question is where to put your feet.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (20 months ago)
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