Copperhead Reviews

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Matt Zoller Seitz
RogerEbert.com
July 24, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Schobert
The Playlist
July 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: B-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 17, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
June 28, 2013
Civil War drama may raise questions about history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John P. McCarthy
America Magazine
April 28, 2014
Maxwell and Kauffman merit praise for acknowledging historical complexity, but the film's moral and aesthetic limitations keep Copperhead from entering this realm.
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
April 14, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Justin Stewart
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
As both politics and entertainment, it's lacking.
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
July 19, 2013
A work every bit as turgid and baldly sentimental as the centerpiece lecture at a convention of historical reenactors.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
July 19, 2013
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.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
July 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
July 16, 2013
Sluggish drama ... defines this morality lesson about the unimpeachable virtue of loving thy neighbor.
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Matt Patches
Time Out
July 16, 2013
Less like a peering examination of the turbulent political environment than a reenactment of a Ken Burns documentary-or a museum tour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
June 27, 2013
Aside from the PBS-re-enactment music, the film's primary problem is that it lacks a clear central plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
June 27, 2013
The story offers uncommon insights on the endlessly parsed period in history, but its execution sometimes falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2013
"Copperhead" crams far too much of its action into its last 30 minutes after a rambling, drawn-out set up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine
June 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 6.2/10
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
June 26, 2013
The earnest but dry Civil War drama is for history buffs only.
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
June 25, 2013
Ron Maxwell's film, from beginning to end, exudes all the excitement of a textbook history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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