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The Conspirator Reviews

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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
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
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
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
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 23, 2011
It works on every level as an engaging drama with high stakes

National Post
July 15, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
July 1, 2011
This may be a talky court drama, competent rather than inspired, but the fact that it is based on truth lends its argument force.
| Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
July 1, 2011
A solid, if tub-thumping, courtroom drama exploring a little-known chapter of US history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
July 1, 2011
Lengthy but reasonably satisfying courtroom drama.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
June 30, 2011
A handsome costume drama graced with sensitive performances and a strong central idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 30, 2011
The story is pretty fascinating, although the film is so parched that it rarely comes alive
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
June 30, 2011
The acting from the top-notch cast is good. So, too, is the attention to period detail. The whole thing is just a little dry and ponderous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
June 29, 2011
American studies A-level students will find all this useful, and Redford's son is less likely to ask the director, as he reportedly did during the filming of The Horse Whisperer: "Why are you doing this crap?"
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 29, 2011
With impeccable production design and an obviously well researched script, this is a worthy if slightly dull period courtroom drama that's ultimately worth seeing for strong performances from its impressive cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 29, 2011
Inoffensively didactic and probably of niche appeal in the UK, this is like watching a convincing re-enactment video in history class that's unexpectedly performed by a famous cast of genuine quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
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