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  • Summary: Based on the novel by Harold Frederic, Copperhead tells the story of Abner Beech, a stubborn and righteous farmer of Upstate New York, who defies his neighbors and his government in the bloody and contentious autumn of 1862.
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: 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 18, 2013
    38
    Copperhead has a more accurate period look, but dramatically it’s inert.
  7. 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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