Metascore
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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Christopher Schobert
    Jul 17, 2013
    67
    A sincere, slow-moving, occasionally successful film devoted to one specific homefront story. That, in itself, is noteworthy.
  2. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 16, 2013
    63
    My reservations about Copperhead are outweighed by the noble intentions that inspired it.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jul 25, 2013
    50
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jun 27, 2013
    50
    The story offers uncommon insights on the endlessly parsed period in history, but its execution sometimes falls short. Both the production quality and the persistent, sentimental soundtrack create a made-for-TV feel.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jun 25, 2013
    50
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Patches
    Jul 16, 2013
    40
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 2, 2013
    40
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Jun 27, 2013
    40
    It’s a maudlin, meandering bit of moviemaking that sheds little light on the loyal opposition in the North.
  9. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 18, 2013
    38
    Copperhead has a more accurate period look, but dramatically it’s inert.
  10. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Jun 25, 2013
    25
    Ron Maxwell's film, from beginning to end, exudes all the excitement of a textbook history lesson.
  11. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jul 18, 2013
    20
    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.
  12. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jun 27, 2013
    20
    Painfully lugubrious, any sting Copperhead might contain for its contrarian's view of history is undone by its wayward sense of storytelling.

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