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Based on 12 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 50
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 63
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    My reservations about Copperhead are outweighed by the noble intentions that inspired it. show more

  • 38
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    Copperhead has a more accurate period look, but dramatically it’s inert. show more

  • 25
    Slant Magazine

    Ron Maxwell's film, from beginning to end, exudes all the excitement of a textbook history lesson. show more

  • 40
    Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic

    It’s a maudlin, meandering bit of moviemaking that sheds little light on the loyal opposition in the North. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 67
    The Playlist

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

  • 50
    Justin Chang Variety

    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. show more

  • 40
    Nick Schager Village Voice

    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. show more

  • 20
    Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times

    Painfully lugubrious, any sting Copperhead might contain for its contrarian's view of history is undone by its wayward sense of storytelling. show more

  • July 21, 2013 tshughart
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    The absolute worst movie I have ever seen. No stars!

  • June 29, 2013 gditroop13
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    Fantastic film. A must see!

  • June 29, 2013 acovinc
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