Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12

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  1. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jul 25, 2013
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jun 27, 2013
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jun 25, 2013
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Patches
    Jul 16, 2013
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 2, 2013
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Jun 27, 2013
    It’s a maudlin, meandering bit of moviemaking that sheds little light on the loyal opposition in the North.

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