67

The Playlist

A sincere, slow-moving, occasionally successful film devoted to one specific homefront story. That, in itself, is noteworthy.
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63

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
My reservations about Copperhead are outweighed by the noble intentions that inspired it.
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50

Washington Post

The story offers uncommon insights on the endlessly parsed period in history, but its execution sometimes falls short. Both the production quality and the persistent, sentimental soundtrack create a made-for-TV feel.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Named for a slur used against Northerners who opposed waging war on the South, the film works best when focused on Abner Beech (Billy Campbell), whose conscience-driven minority opinion makes him a pariah in his upstate New York village.
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50

Variety

By Justin Chang
Director Ron Maxwell’s adaptation of Harold Frederic’s 1893 novel elicits a certain amount of admiration for its old-fashioned carpentry and earnest, worthy approach, but its stilted dramaturgy and endless speechifying defeat the committed efforts of a sprawling ensemble.
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40

Time Out New York

Given Maxwell’s dry style and fixation on 19th-century vernacular, the result is less like a peering examination of the turbulent political environment than a reenactment of a Ken Burns documentary—or a museum tour.
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40

Arizona Republic

By Kerry Lengel
It’s a maudlin, meandering bit of moviemaking that sheds little light on the loyal opposition in the North.
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40

Village Voice

By Nick Schager
Director Ron Maxwell (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals) shows a flair for mythologizing via beautiful panoramas of upstate New York landscapes but less so, unfortunately, through his film's inert story and flat performances.
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20

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
Though the tale, based on a novel by Harold Frederic, remains relevant to our time, the film is too self-conscious and tedious for the message it delivers.
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20

Los Angeles Times

By Mark Olsen
Painfully lugubrious, any sting Copperhead might contain for its contrarian's view of history is undone by its wayward sense of storytelling.
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34 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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