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The Conspirator Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 6, 2011
Atmospheric, illuminating and affecting, The Conspirator captivates like an untold story -- one that you can't believe you've never heard until now, and won't soon forget.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 29, 2011
Once the ideological cat is out of the bag, the drama is degraded to the level of a historical pageant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 28, 2011
Leaves us feeling as empty as a raided tomb.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 22, 2011
A bracing courtroom drama whose every scene seems wreathed in mist, dust motes and cigar smoke, the better to suggest a nation befogged by grief.
April 17, 2011
There's a stiffness that keeps the story from packing a punch. Still, it's handsomely mounted, and at its best moments has the patina of a Masterpiece Theater production.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2011
The nightmare of Lincoln's assassination, and its immediate aftermath, is effectively delivered, and Wright, shrouded in black, her face a mask of indomitable sorrow, gives great gravity to what might otherwise have been a waxworks historical reenactment.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 15, 2011
James McAvoy, as the Civil War veteran who defends Surratt, has an avid presence, but the movie is stiff-jointed and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
April 15, 2011
A better history lesson than it is a drama.
April 15, 2011
Once you accustom yourself to this film's unhurried rhythm and old-fashioned Hollywood stolidity, The Conspirator is not without its pleasures -- chief among them Robin Wright's quietly fierce performance.
April 15, 2011
The Conspirator fairly drips with nobility, timeliness and class. If only it were a bit more fiery.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 15, 2011
The Conspirator is a quality drama with a capital Q. We should expect no less from Robert Redford, who takes seriously (at times, earnestly) the duties of director.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2011
As the film's director, Robert Redford eases with hypnotic skill into this tale of justice in the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2011
Wright, who has been doing great and largely unrecognized work for years, is terrific as the hard, handsome, difficult defendant, as is James McAvoy as her reluctant defense counsel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2011
With her hair darkened and severely pulled back, her face a mask of stony implacability, Wright delivers a simple, unshowy performance that never begs for the audience's sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 15, 2011
Working on an obviously limited budget on locations in Savannah, Ga., Redford does a good job of evoking the era with the help of cinematographer Newton Thomas Siegel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2011
Instead of entertaining us, director Robert Redford offers us a handsome history lesson that's as dry as a hardtack biscuit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 15, 2011
You have to give credit to Redford, Wright and McAvoy, and the other filmmakers. Not many films this smart can be made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
April 14, 2011
"The Conspirator" is first, last and always a political drama, and, Wright's performance aside, it is the play of events of history that most holds our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 14, 2011
Redford persuades us, if not to grieve, to understand other people's grief and to look at the assassination of Abraham Lincoln with fresh eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2011
Redford's fictionalized chronicle of Mary Surratt's 1865 trial is high-minded and slow-moving. Some may chafe at his unsubtle sermonizing, but strong central performances will reward the patient.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 14, 2011
Robert Redford's riveting Conspirator examines the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by pursuing an unconventional path.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 14, 2011
Heavily reminiscent of Bruce Beresford's Breaker Morant, but producer-director Robert Redford also notes the parallels between the Surratt case and our current military tribunals for terror suspects.
April 14, 2011
While the courtroom proceedings compel attention initially, a certain weariness sets in due to the lack of modulation in the discourse, the obviousness of the storytelling and the absence of any real subtext.
April 14, 2011
The Conspirator is never less than thought-provoking and illuminating. It's an answer to those who moan that they don't make movies like they used to
April 14, 2011
[A] well-meaning, misbegotten movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 14, 2011
Let's just be grateful that boring old Professor Redford only afflicts audiences with his good intentions and social consciousness about twice a decade.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 14, 2011
If history lessons could always be as compelling as Robert Redford's "The Conspirator," movie theaters might be full of them.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2011
Redford always gets the best out of actors, and his cast - especially Wright, Wood, Huston, and Tom Wilkinson - is exceptional.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2011
"The Conspirator'' is an important film, on an important subject, that has had the life beaten out of it by Robert Redford, a man who should know better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 14, 2011
"The Conspirator" is a worthy historical reenactment, but not much of a movie. Eight score and seven minutes feels ever so long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
April 14, 2011
Robert Redford's depiction of the trial of Mary Surratt is, at heart, sort of a history lesson, a really interesting one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 14, 2011
Fascinating, authentic look at aftermath of Lincoln assassination.
| Original Score: 4/5
April 13, 2011
Sitting through this stage-bound, talky, stiffly-acted movie reminded me of having to endure the Hall of Presidents attraction at Walt Disney World.
April 13, 2011
It's hard not to like McAvoy, with his glancing nervous energy, but The Conspirator rarely permits him to be anything except likable, and the script smooths out any wrinkles in the figure of Aiken.
April 13, 2011
It should be tense and thrilling, full of rich, powerful performances; instead, it'll make you feel like you should be taking notes in preparation for a high-school exam.
April 13, 2011
See it, enjoy a ripping good yarn and learn something.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
April 12, 2011
Why does the dramatic power of Abraham Lincoln's assassination elude so many filmmakers?
April 12, 2011
Barely worth the extra credit, kids.
April 11, 2011
Great moral stands don't make for great drama; good intentions aren't good art.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 11, 2011
Redford does a fine, economical job re-creating the horror of the assassination, the dying president barely glimpsed but the bowls of blood carried from his deathbed all too vivid.
March 10, 2011
This retelling of a crucial, poorly-remembered chapter of American law and war has enough atmosphere, stalwart acting and suspense to appeal to the mass of moviegoers.
Top Critic
September 14, 2010
This is by no means a great movie, but in telling a gripping and little-known true story with many contemporary resonances it has time(liness) on its side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4