What critics say about My Life as Abraham Lincoln:

“Quirky, disarming movie about a woman looking for answers to her troubled life has much to recommend…Shari Berman, who produced, directed, wrote and edited My Life as Abraham Lincoln, shows considerable talent for taking a simple concept and investing it with a wealth of knowledge and personal feeling…Berman “answers” Woody Allen’s male-centered angst-in-the-big-city stories with a feminist twist.”

– Eric Monder, Film Journal International (Click
here for full review)


“Ms. Berman keeps us guessing. The accessible and appealing Ms. Luft is a strong anchor. And Ms. Berman can be funny (especially with a black-and-white Ingmar Bergman send-up). It’s intriguing to imagine what she could do with a more linear script.”

– Andy Webster, The New York Times (Click here for full review)


“…unfolds in a dream state, a slippery, surreal stream-of-consciousness where past and present coexist…this curio marks a promising if marginal directorial bow.”

– Ronnie Scheib, Variety (Click here for full review)


“Confident and briskly paced…by fracturing reality so completely in her film, Berman presents Cindy’s stream of consciousness as a dizzying array of unrealized possibilities and reveals the resulting loneliness. In one scene, she brilliantly skewers the act of going to an institution for help with finding relationships and transitions effortlessly from a film noir scene to a modern medical conversation to a Jewish dating organization without breaking the conversation or switching out the actors or actresses. As a result, Berman’s film is never boring and never static…the film has a confidence in its own structure that allows it to move fluidly backwards and forwards…show me more of director Shari Berman’s unique narrative techniques and bold filmmaking.”

– James T. Sheridan, Cinespect (Click here for full review)


“A jarring dark comedy…with inventiveness that’s hard not to admire.”

– New York Magazine


“Dense and beautifully shot…the battle between desire and social acceptability limns a world where neither Cindy, nor the audience, is sure what’s real and what is fictitious. Cindy constantly attempts to reframe her life through different film genres: musical, noir, stage-play, foreign film, murder mystery. The journeys we take are entertaining but mordantly clever in that each representation casts Cindy as the minor supporting actress.”

– Dustin Freeley, Online Film Critics Society (Click here for full review)


“Film Director Shari Berman has created a feature length film that I absolutely adore.”

– Eric Norcross (Norcross Media)