Lady Macbeth Reviews

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September 6, 2017
To say that the film left me cold isn't a criticism, as that's clearly the intent. And Florence Pugh, who was only 20 when the film was shot, holds your attention as firmly as all the great women of film noir were able to.
Top Critic
August 17, 2017
[Florence] Pugh is mesmerizing.
July 28, 2017
The brazenness of her actions and opacity of her emotions suggest a tragic heroine in the grand tradition ... but the film lacks the propulsive drive to make her fate moving.
July 28, 2017
Pugh is a wrecking crew, communicating pure malevolence with a simple glance, but always keeping her composure. She may be evil, but she's first and foremost a lady.
July 27, 2017
Director William Oldroyd delivers a taut and well-paced period drama elevated by Pugh's riveting performance.
July 27, 2017
A fascinating portrait of empowerment gone awry.
July 26, 2017
Pugh, a young newcomer with just a tiny handful of film credits, gives a performance of rare ferocity.
July 21, 2017
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
It's smart about evil, especially about the way it tends to radiate.
July 21, 2017
A corrosive, intelligent costume drama from first-time director William Oldroyd.
July 20, 2017
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
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
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
Oldroyd's approach to "Lady Macbeth" guarantees some longueurs as the film wears on. But the clarity with which Pugh and Oldroyd communicate Katherine's thoughts and motives maintains a sold interest throughout.
July 20, 2017
Pugh and the film around her hold an audience transfixed and conflicted to the end.
July 20, 2017
Shot with unsparing coldness, "Lady Macbeth" is a disturbing character study and dark moral meditation. And like the blood on its namesake's hands, it's not easily washed out.
July 17, 2017
Pugh's and Ackie's performances here are electric and expressive, the former portraying ultimate power, the latter ultimate fear.
July 17, 2017
Few movies this year will be more likely to molest your sleep.
July 14, 2017
One of the best, and most surprising, films of the year.
July 14, 2017
You can't stop watching its beauty, even as you long to look away from its cruelty.
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