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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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...
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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...
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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...
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40

Time Out New York

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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated PG-13 | For For an unsettling sequence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ Civil War drama may raise questions about history.
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