Time Out says
But thematically we’re back in the mess of Watergate as James McAvoy’s lawyer knocks on judges’ doors for desperate stays of execution, and the truth dangles just out of reach. There’s no Deep Throat, but Tom Wilkinson does his best Ben Bradlee as a hawkish legal mentor, while Kevin Kline coos menacingly as Lincoln’s Nixonian war secretary, Edwin Stanton. It’s all a little forced.
The movie lacks a compelling defendant: the real-life Mary Surratt, mother to one of the plotters, was most likely railroaded into guilt by association. But as played by a wan Robin Wright, she’s too cryptic and quiet – an empty vessel for Redford to fill with his lefty sympathy. James Solomon’s script plays it coy, even as a hazy, angelic light bathes Mary in the witness box. Redford wants to make the angry movie of his glory days. The effort is admirable, even if his whole team isn’t with him.
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