Reviews

Feb 27, 2021
At one hour and 30 minutes, every aspect of the film feels spare and graceful.
Aug 17, 2017
[Florence] Pugh is mesmerizing.
Jul 28, 2017
Lady Macbeth strikes hard and digs deep.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 27, 2017
Director William Oldroyd delivers a taut and well-paced period drama elevated by Pugh's riveting performance.
Jul 27, 2017
Each scene is shot with intensity and precision by cinematographer Ari Wegner, and the dynamic editing helps to build tension in this dank environment.
Jul 27, 2017
A fascinating portrait of empowerment gone awry.
Jul 27, 2017
There's an intriguing story to be told here, but there's a better way to tell it. To borrow from the Bard, the spots in Lady Macbeth simply won't wash away.
Jul 27, 2017
Lady Macbeth is an acquired taste, but once you get it there's no denying you want more.
Jul 26, 2017
Pugh, a young newcomer with just a tiny handful of film credits, gives a performance of rare ferocity.
Jul 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.
Jul 21, 2017
It's smart about evil, especially about the way it tends to radiate.
Jul 21, 2017
A corrosive, intelligent costume drama from first-time director William Oldroyd.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 20, 2017
Pugh and the film around her hold an audience transfixed and conflicted to the end.
Jul 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.