Copperhead Synopsis
Abner Beech exercises his right to free speech in a time when families are divided by the Civil War.
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A sincere, slow-moving, occasionally successful film devoted to one specific homefront story. That, in itself, is noteworthy.
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New York Observer

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

The story offers uncommon insights on the endlessly parsed period in history, but its execution sometimes falls short. Both the production...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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Great Message

By forpeepsakes
This movie delivered a clear message, of which our family embraces. Even though it was rated PG13, (I am unclear why), it was a good clean family movie. It did not deliver the typical Hollywood ****...

Copperhead - Well Worth Seeing

By pschaeffer0
My daughter and i saw this movie a few days ago. We loved it. It is a great period piece exploring Northern opinion during the Civil War. One town in the North (updates New York) is divided between...

Great movie - Beautifully filmed and scored. I loved it.

By greg764
I attended the premiere in Gettysburg and am going again tonight with all the friends and family I could gather. This is a wonderful movie that is beautifully made and lusciously scored. It drew me...


By flick-er
A beautufully filmed, well acted, interesting story relating to American history (shot in Canada 's spectacular, beautiful New Brunswick)...

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Thought Provoking

By sumnergoodman
I don't agree with the critics' reviews. I found the movie to be visually stunning, with first rate acting and script. It examined moral and political issues not only between North and South but...


By Regular Pioneer
This is a slow movie, political & a lot of preaching where scripture is taken out of context. That being said, this film does a great job at portraying how people have been and continue to be divided...

Critics have it wrong.

By bcrow
Truth is hard to accept....

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Copperhead is a must-see

By 222racer
COPPERHEAD is an historical drama set during the Civil War, about a feud between two men in Upstate New York who don’t see eye to eye on the need for war. Despite a slow, sometimes talky first half,...

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Rated PG-13 | For For an unsettling sequence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Civil War drama may raise questions about history.
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