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The Conspirator Review

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Claudette Barius

The Conspirator

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
122 minutes
Wide Release Date:
04/15/11
performer:
Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Tom Wilkinson
director:
Robert Redford
distributor:
Lionsgate
author:
James Solomon
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C

It’s hard to say what’s more creaky: the dutiful, muffled tone that director Robert Redford brings to this courtroom drama set after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, or the way he uses the trial of Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), a boarding-house proprietor wrongly accused of conspiracy (her son was a plotter in the Lincoln hit), as a metaphor for the vengeful excesses of the post-9/11 age. James McAvoy, as the Civil War veteran who defends Surratt, has an avid presence, but the movie is stiff-jointed and dull. C

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