• PG-13, 1 hr. 57 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ronald F. Maxwell
    In Theaters:
    Jun 28, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Apr 15, 2014
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Copperhead Reviews

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Matt Zoller Seitz

I wish "Copperhead" were better, because it tells a story we haven't seen before, and creates a world that films have rarely shown us.

Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 24, 2013
Christopher Schobert
The Playlist

For this audience, Ron Maxwell's film will prove entertaining and though-provoking, at the very least. For the rest, it is unlikely to provide much dramatic sustenance.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B-

July 19, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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If every war has more than one side, this story of one man who dares to stand against the tide of history has a contemporary relevance that remains uncontested.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 17, 2013
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Civil War drama may raise questions about history.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

June 28, 2013
John P. McCarthy
America Magazine

Maxwell and Kauffman merit praise for acknowledging historical complexity, but the film's moral and aesthetic limitations keep Copperhead from entering this realm.

Full Review Source: America Magazine

April 28, 2014
Jeff Beck

There's a good story to be told somewhere in here, but they just couldn't get at it, choosing to stretch out and suffocate what good material they had, resulting in a bland and tedious tale that would fail to engage even the most avid history buff.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 14, 2014
Justin Stewart
Film Comment Magazine

As both politics and entertainment, it's lacking.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 4, 2013
Brent Simon

A work every bit as turgid and baldly sentimental as the centerpiece lecture at a convention of historical reenactors.

Full Review Source: Shockya.com | Original Score: C-

July 19, 2013
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

Its budgetary limitations show. Many scenes could have used additional takes to polish the performances, and the often-poor sound recording is a shortcoming, particularly with stylized period dialogue. The leads show surprisingly little range.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 19, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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So much taste and intelligence went into these finely wrought costumes, props and sets in order to tell a story of such tedium.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 18, 2013
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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Though the tale, based on a novel by Harold Frederic, remains relevant to our time, the film is too self-conscious and tedious for the message it delivers.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 18, 2013
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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Sluggish drama ... defines this morality lesson about the unimpeachable virtue of loving thy neighbor.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 16, 2013
Matt Patches
Time Out New York
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Less like a peering examination of the turbulent political environment than a reenactment of a Ken Burns documentary-or a museum tour.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

July 16, 2013
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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Aside from the PBS-re-enactment music, the film's primary problem is that it lacks a clear central plot.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

June 27, 2013
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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The story offers uncommon insights on the endlessly parsed period in history, but its execution sometimes falls short.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

June 27, 2013
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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"Copperhead" crams far too much of its action into its last 30 minutes after a rambling, drawn-out set up.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 27, 2013
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine

Despite good performances throughout the film, the pacing of Copperhead is slow, with many long takes and establishing shots that seem a bit over-indulgent.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6.2/10

June 27, 2013
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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The earnest but dry Civil War drama is for history buffs only.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 26, 2013
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

Ron Maxwell's film, from beginning to end, exudes all the excitement of a textbook history lesson.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

June 25, 2013
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