Copperhead (2013)

Copperhead is unlike any Civil War movie to date. A story of the violent passions and burning feuds that set ablaze the home front during the Civil War, Copperhead is also a timeless and deeply moving examination of the price of dissent,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 28, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Zoller Seitz

I wish "Copperhead" were better, because it tells a story we haven't seen before, and creates a world that films have rarely shown us.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

If every war has more than one side, this story of one man who dares to stand against the tide of history has a contemporary relevance that remains uncontested.

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John P. McCarthy
America Magazine

Maxwell and Kauffman merit praise for acknowledging historical complexity, but the film's moral and aesthetic limitations keep Copperhead from entering this realm.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

So much taste and intelligence went into these finely wrought costumes, props and sets in order to tell a story of such tedium.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

Sluggish drama ... defines this morality lesson about the unimpeachable virtue of loving thy neighbor.

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Jeff Beck

There's a good story to be told somewhere in here, but they just couldn't get at it, choosing to stretch out and suffocate what good material they had, resulting in a bland and tedious tale that would fail to engage even the most avid history buff.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

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 message it delivers.

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Matt Patches
Time Out

Less like a peering examination of the turbulent political environment than a reenactment of a Ken Burns documentary-or a museum tour.

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Justin Stewart
Film Comment Magazine

As both politics and entertainment, it's lacking.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Panta Oz
Outstanding independent Canadian/American film directed by Ron Maxwell for one reason - finally telling the truth about a part of the U.S. history we had it… More
Cameron Johnson
I don't know if I'm more surprised by the fact that Peter Fonda is still alive, or by the fact that Ron Maxwell is not only still alive, but honestly… More