The Conspirator Reviews

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Billy Tatum
We Got This Covered
April 21, 2013
Robert Redford teams with The American Film Company for The Conspirator, a project better left to the History Channel than the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 12, 2013
Wonderfully cast and carefully shot, there's barely a hint of a great filmmaker working with a fraction of his normal budget in this period piece...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 30, 2012
If nothing else, this is certain to have a long life playing in middle school history classes for decades to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Simon Gallagher
What Culture
January 2, 2012
The Conspirator deserves a lot more praise than it got on initial release: yes it is slow in parts and even provocatively tentative, but it is intricately crafted, a wonderful example of precision and attention to detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
December 26, 2011
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 29, 2011
While the film is pretty heavy-handed in framing the story in political terms, it is a compelling historical drama that will be news to many Americans.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 9, 2011
The Conspirator conveys the heaviness of its story and its setting -- a torn nation desperate to heal the lingering wounds on both sides after the close of the Civil War.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 26, 2011
A talky and often-stodgy film that will please history buffs but leave ordinary viewers a touch cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
August 16, 2011
Not one to shy away from political themes (after all, he starred in "The Candidate," "All the President's Men" and "Lions for Lambs,"...Redford can't help but make us think about the times we live in now.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 1, 2011
The first half hour feels too much like a history lesson but from thereon in, The Conspirator is a compelling drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
July 30, 2011
Robert Redford's courtroom drama about the trial of Mary Surratt after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln is both a gripping drama and a rather stuffy flag-waving exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
July 26, 2011
This does not feel like a real movie. It is an 'epic' along the lines of Entourage's Medellin, or 30 Rock's The Rural Juror.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 23, 2011
It works on every level as an engaging drama with high stakes
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 23, 2011
A fascinating piece of history gets buried in the telling of this rather turgid courtroom drama that explores issues of principle, justice and protecting the rights of the innocent
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
July 19, 2011
Drama offers a fresh twist on an infamous episode in American history
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Superb performances from James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn alongside an increasingly focused narrative ensure that The Conspirator ultimately proves to be a rewarding experience with a powerful message.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
July 5, 2011
Redford sows the seeds of the film's downfall early on by botching the killing itself. It's confusing, badly constructed and lacking in both purpose and tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
July 4, 2011
With its dense examination of legal philosophy, it's probably going to interest law graduates more than anyone else, but for the patient viewer, The Conspirator is a treat of performance and benefits from Robert Redford's typically stately direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
July 3, 2011
What should be an exciting courtoom thriller with intriguing contemporary parallels plays likes laborious and self-important TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]
July 3, 2011
It unfurls as a stodgy courtroom drama, in which everyone looks like an early photograph.
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