• PG-13, 2 hr. 2 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Robert Redford
    In Theaters:
    Apr 15, 2011 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 16, 2011
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The Conspirator Reviews

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Billy Tatum
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 5/10

April 21, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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 Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3/4

January 12, 2013
Michael Dequina

If nothing else, this is certain to have a long life playing in middle school history classes for decades to come.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2/4

January 30, 2012
Simon Gallagher
What Culture

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 Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3/5

January 2, 2012
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 26, 2011
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

November 29, 2011
Neil Pond
American Profile

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 Source: American Profile | Original Score: 3/5

September 9, 2011
Mike Scott

A talky and often-stodgy film that will please history buffs but leave ordinary viewers a touch cold.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 26, 2011
Michael A. Smith

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 Source: MediaMikes | Original Score: 5/5

August 16, 2011
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

The first half hour feels too much like a history lesson but from thereon in, The Conspirator is a compelling drama.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: A-

August 1, 2011
Simon Weaving

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 Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 30, 2011
Simon Miraudo

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2/5

July 26, 2011
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

It works on every level as an engaging drama with high stakes

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

July 23, 2011
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

July 23, 2011
Don Groves

Drama offers a fresh twist on an infamous episode in American history

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

July 19, 2011
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

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 Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

July 14, 2011
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

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 Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 2/5

July 5, 2011
Shaun Munro
What Culture

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 Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 4, 2011
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

What should be an exciting courtoom thriller with intriguing contemporary parallels plays likes laborious and self-important TV movie.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

July 3, 2011
Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]

It unfurls as a stodgy courtroom drama, in which everyone looks like an early photograph.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

July 3, 2011
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