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
Grae Drake
Movies.com
May 27, 2011
It's like someone handed screenwriter James D. Solomon and director Robert Redford a gong marked "Guantanamo Bay" so they could strike it over and over for two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
April 18, 2011
It's really heavy handed.
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
April 15, 2011
Redford guides the film with the heaviest of hands, inserting over-dramatic visual cues at every turn, and reserving the clumsiest manipulations for the labored allegory of the film's obvious post-9/11 subtexts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.6/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 14, 2011
Redford stages it in the blandest way possible, with history-textbook dialogue spouted by a cast of talented but wasted actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
June 30, 2011
An opportunity to learn more about Lincoln's life is lost for all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Alonso Duralde
Movies.com
April 15, 2011
It's like someone handed screenwriter James D. Solomon and director Robert Redford a gong marked 'Guantanamo Bay' so they could strike it over and over for two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 14, 2011
Heartbreakingly average, director Robert Redford's "The Conspirator" errs in the way so many films do, especially films about unsung pieces of American history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 14, 2011
What it most suggests ... is the sort of classroom film that has kept generations of students off the edge of their seats.
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
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
Top Critic
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
April 11, 2011
Great moral stands don't make for great drama; good intentions aren't good art.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
April 15, 2011
What could and should have been an unforgettable historic drama gets a bit lost along the way due to convoluted storytelling and a number of questionable directorial decisions.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 15, 2011
It's a shame. This is a terrific story, and I bet there's a terrific movie in it. Just not this particular movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd Gilchrist
Cinematical
November 4, 2010
because all of the thinking is already done for the audience, there's very little reason to care, and the end result feels like an elegant reenactment - at best.
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
April 14, 2011
Musty and stagy in a way that guarantees it will bore generations of high school students on movie day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 14, 2011
Happy 146th anniversary, Abraham Lincoln's assassination! In your honor we have prepared a didactic but not entirely unenjoyable historical drama!
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
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