So much taste and intelligence went into these finely wrought costumes, props and sets in order to tell a story of such tedium.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sluggish drama ... defines this morality lesson about the unimpeachable virtue of loving thy neighbor.
Less like a peering examination of the turbulent political environment than a reenactment of a Ken Burns documentary-or a museum tour.
Aside from the PBS-re-enactment music, the film's primary problem is that it lacks a clear central plot.
The story offers uncommon insights on the endlessly parsed period in history, but its execution sometimes falls short.
| Original Score: 2/4
"Copperhead" crams far too much of its action into its last 30 minutes after a rambling, drawn-out set up.
The earnest but dry Civil War drama is for history buffs only.