The Conspirator
The Conspirator (2011)

In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt (Wright) owns a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 15, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Conspirator is well cast and tells a worthy story, but many viewers will lack the patience for Redford's deliberate, stagebound approach.

Christine Champ

Atmospheric, illuminating and affecting, The Conspirator captivates like an untold story -- one that you can't believe you've never heard until now, and won't soon forget.

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John Anderson

A bracing courtroom drama whose every scene seems wreathed in mist, dust motes and cigar smoke, the better to suggest a nation befogged by grief.

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Billy Tatum
We Got This Covered

Robert Redford teams with The American Film Company for The Conspirator, a project better left to the History Channel than the big screen.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Once the ideological cat is out of the bag, the drama is degraded to the level of a historical pageant.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

There's a stiffness that keeps the story from packing a punch. Still, it's handsomely mounted, and at its best moments has the patina of a Masterpiece Theater production.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

Wonderfully cast and carefully shot, there's barely a hint of a great filmmaker working with a fraction of his normal budget in this period piece...

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Leaves us feeling as empty as a raided tomb.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The nightmare of Lincoln's assassination, and its immediate aftermath, is effectively delivered, and Wright, shrouded in black, her face a mask of indomitable sorrow, gives great gravity to what might otherwise have been a waxworks historical reenactment.

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Michael Dequina

If nothing else, this is certain to have a long life playing in middle school history classes for decades to come.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Destined for American high school level history classrooms, this concerns the rushed trial the assassins of Abraham Lincoln, and asks if some Constitutional… More
familiar stranger
The film portrays the aftermath of Lincolns murder; the trial of those who were caught in the act. However, the focus here is on the defense of Mary Surratt,… More
Clintus Maximus
The Conspirator is one of the best true story/historical films I've seen. Nothing needed to have been added or taken from this accurate accounting of… More
Devon Bott
Robert Redford directs this film about the trial of Mary Surrat, one of the conspirators in the Lincoln assassination, and it's parallels to our own modern… More
Jens S.
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Summer W.
I was really impressed. Despite the lack of explosions, it manages to remain riveting. It's a really interesting slice of American history that gets… More