Review: The Conspirator

“Trembling with its own cleverness, the film crosses over from insinuation to desperation when it suggests an equivalence between the Catholic Church and Islam, in a scene where it shows Surratt’s confessor taking a message from Aiken to her son, in hiding from the manhunt for conspirators. There was indeed a popular belief in a Catholic conspiracy behind Lincoln’s murder in the years following his death, but instead of unearthing this as a symptom of the hysteria in the war’s aftermath, Redford seems content to merely revive it, in the service of shoring up what’s little more than a Huffington Post editorial in period costume.”

By Rick McGinnis