75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's precisely that fear that Redford sets out to explore. The Conspirator is all about the un-American things Americans can do when feeling collectively threatened.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
This provocative account of a war-weary administration that denied Surratt her right to a fair trial starts slow but builds momentum in the scenes with Wright and Evan Rachel Wood as Surratt's flinty daughter, Anna.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film pivots on McAvoy's powerfully implosive performance as a man trying to grow beyond his own prejudices. His scenes with Wright, under Redford's nuanced guidance, give this film its timely resonance and its grieving heart.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Redford methodically presents the injustices piled on Surratt and suggests what might have prompted her stoicism. But James D. Solomon's script is often flat, perhaps in a misguided effort to be stately.
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65

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
The bad news is that The Conspirator - doesn't have enough crackle.
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60

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Historical records being what they are, the filmmakers are forced to speculate about certain things, but where facts are known they generally adhere to them.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Like his 2007 political drama, "Lions for Lambs," Robert 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.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie is stiff-jointed and dull.
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20

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Like most other members of an excellent cast that includes James McAvoy, Kevin Kline and Tom Wilkinson, she (Robin Wright) has come under the deadening directorial hand of Robert Redford.
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55 out of 100
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