Conclusion: I'm guessing there's a lot of people out there who haven't seen 'Killing Lincoln,' either because they thought it would pale in comparison to Steven Spielberg's movie or because their politics are diametrically opposed to Bill O'Reilly and assumed the movie would be injected with some sort of right-wing message.
Summary: The story of Lincoln’s life and tragic death has been told countless times over the last 150 years. It’s one of the best known historical stories in American, perhaps in world history. It’s almost unthinkable that a new production could find anything new to tell us. Yet the wealth of new information here is quite astounding. For the first time we get a true sense of how a single man’s personality could drive such an event.
Excerpt: In the past twelve months we’ve been inundated with movies about Lincoln. Granted Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter isn’t exactly the biopic that Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln was, but the 16th President’s name was in the title. We now have Killing Lincoln , a made for television movie that premiered on the National Geographic channel to the highest ratings the channel has ever seen. It’s narrated by Tom Hanks and was based on the book by television newsman Bill O’Reilly.
Conclusion: Killing Lincoln tries to capitalize on the lingering interest in the sixteenth president after Steven Spielberg's Lincoln —and it did draw huge ratings for the National Geographic Channel when it aired in February—but this is a dry-as-cotton docudrama. Though it promises to give some depth to the historically two-dimensional John Wilkes Booth, you leave Killing Lincoln with no greater grasp of the infamous assassin's mind or motivations.