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 October 9, 2012
Thoughts on Spielberg's #Lincoln . Where Daniel Day-Lewis is strong & the ensemble is even stronger. ow.ly/ejZoq October 9, 2012
#Lincoln review from its surprise showing at the New York Film Festival!Damn near masterpiece! #NYFF fb.me/24qULYSFs October 9, 2012
Quick awards takeaway on #Lincoln : Day-Lewis for actor, Tommy Lee Jones for supporting, Kushner for screenplay. #nyff October 9, 2012
Daniel Day-Lewis much more understated and playful than the scenery-chewing trailer suggests. #nyff #lincoln October 9, 2012
Spielberg's LINCOLN is the best film Roberto Rossellini never made. Also one of the best Spielberg did make. #notareview 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 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 October 9, 2012
LINCOLN (C). Abraham Lincoln: Vote Hunter. best movie ever made for A&E? Spielberg restrained. Musty, redundant, bearded.ddl & tlj = great October 9, 2012
LINCOLN is Spielberg's smallest film since ALWAYS. best when portraying a man isolated by incalculable burden. script divided against itself October 9, 2012
Daniel Day Lewis is excellent in Spielberg's LINCOLN, but Tommy Lee Jones steals the picture #NYFF50 October 9, 2012
Lincoln opens in the UK on 25 January 2013 (16 November 2012 in the States).