Believe it or not, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a film about Abraham Lincoln hunting vampires. And that's about all there is to it, critics say:
- "The trouble with the so-called high-concept film is that too often the concept is the best thing about it and the actual movie essentially a series of rather rote, progressively more tiresome variations on its premise," writes James Adams in the Globe and Mail. "The biggest high comes from the images evoked by the title alone."
- Indeed, it's "such a smashing title it’s too bad someone had to spoil things by making a movie to go with it," notes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. "For a while it plays like head-exploding gangbusters on screen," but "the movie quickly deflates."
- "Don’t let the stupid title dissuade you from seeing Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," warns Kyle Smith in the New York Post. "Let the stupid plot, the stupid history, the stupid action scenes, the stupid trivializing of slavery..."
- Let's face it, "a movie consisting of multiple vampire attacks quickly gets repetitive and exhausting," Kenneth Turan points out in the Los Angeles Times. It needs "more wit and less whacking."