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Lady Macbeth (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Lady Macbeth flashes some surprising toughness beneath its period exterior, bolstered by a mesmerizing -- and unforgiving -- central performance by Florence Pugh.

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Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband's estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

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It is so calculated that you can see every shock from 3 miles out, and if it weren't for cold cruelty, Lady Macbeth would have no life at all.

July 21, 2017 | Full Review…

It's smart about evil, especially about the way it tends to radiate.

July 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A corrosive, intelligent costume drama from first-time director William Oldroyd.

July 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Oldroyd never allows us to look away from the horror, focusing, in long, intense shots, on the faces of his characters as they suffer.

July 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Throughout "Lady Macbeth" we see Pugh's eyes, full of possibility and optimism at the outset, gradually darken. Even her breathing changes. It's a wonderful performance in a very fine film.

July 20, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The endless scenes of women being barked at, beaten, and dehumanized make this an unlikely date movie, but they lay the ground for a mighty revenge that earns the heroine her Shakespearean nickname.

July 20, 2017 | Full Review…

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Although the later parts of the film suffer from some pacing issues, Lady MacBeth is a gripping film with a very unique sense of realism.

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