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Based on 37 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 28 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 60
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    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. show more

  • 65
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    The bad news is that The Conspirator - doesn't have enough crackle. show more

  • 100
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    No matter where your political leanings lie, the great thing about The Conspirator is that Mr. Redford is wise enough to let the audience decide what the parallels are. See it, enjoy a ripping good yarn and learn something. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Redford considers this material in an unusually literate and thoughtful historical film, working from years of research by his screenwriter, James Solomon. I found it absorbing and relevant today. show more

  • February 16, 2012 cindelenyc
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    I thought it was really good. (And nice to learn some history from a film that\'s also entertaining)

  • February 03, 2012 Rilly
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  • December 03, 2011 Denis
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    I loved it. Redford did a great job. Need more movies like this.

  • October 23, 2011 colehewett
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    damn fine movie good acting all around def worth checking out!

  • August 22, 2011 jackd1207
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    Bought the DVD. Great story, and great acting if you like period pieces. Mine came with a 2nd, special features DVD that contained a documentary that contradicted the conclusion the movie steered you towards.

  • June 22, 2011 Brent
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    It is possible that Mary Surratt may have been a conspirator of the President\'s assasination, however the over hanging feeling is that the Federal Gov. threw out the Constitution for vengance.

  • May 11, 2011 RAY
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    Excellent historical moview with superb acting and direction. Highly recommended for history buffs, students and teachers.

  • May 06, 2011 thombtc
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    THis movie held my interest the entire timre and I\'m extremely glad that we went to see this historical movie. The actors delivered very effectively and hopefully they may win some nominations for awards. I recommend this movie for the meer fact of historical value!!

  • April 27, 2011 danielbills8800
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    A 5 star movie with afamiliar History remebrance of what happened on that fateful night as Prez Lincoln watched a theaterical play and his life came to an abrupt ending with a gunshot in him. This film\'s usage of the pison of Andersonville is well used. the visuals are the asset of this gripping film.

  • April 25, 2011 lchmbg
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    This is a well written, well acted and directed movie about a little known piece of history. It pulled us in and we felt as if we were there. The settings were absolutely authenic and well done. The movie is very sad on many levels, of course for Mary Surratt and the injustice, Mr. Lincoln\'s assasination, and the pulse of our country after the war. This is a movie that needs to be seen by everyone.

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