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Lizzie (2018)



Critic Consensus: Lizzie forces audiences to take a new look at a widely known true-crime story -- even if the well-acted end result is never quite as gripping as it could be.

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Academy Award (R) nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don't Cry, "Big Love") stars as Lizzie Borden, the notorious woman at the heart of one of the most enduring mysteries in American history. After a lifetime of loneliness, Lizzie finds a kindred spirit in housemaid Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart) and their secret intimacy sparks an unthinkable act. Director Craig William Macneill (The Boy (2015), "Channel Zero: Candle Cove") explores the days leading up to the savage crimes in a dark tale of repression, exploitation and thwarted dreams.


Chloë Sevigny
as Lizzie Borden
Kristen Stewart
as Bridget Sullivan
Jamey Sheridan
as Andrew Borden
Fiona Shaw
as Abby Borden
Kim Dickens
as Emma Borden
Denis O'Hare
as John Morse
Jeff Perry
as Andrew Jennings
Jay Huguley
as William Henry Moody
Tara Ochs
as Susan Gilbert
Jeremy Sykes
as Tenement Man
Jody Matzer
as Deputy Fleet
Darin Cooper
as Jury Foreman
Tom Thon
as Professor Wood
Zachary Kyle Musten
as Irish Townsman
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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (14)

Macneill and Kass weaken their message of female empowerment by pushing it past politics to pulp fiction.

September 19, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It could use an operatic high note, or even a truly deep dark night of the soul, some oscillation in the levels. But the film reflects the evenness with which Sevigny portrays the unflappable Lizzie, cool as a cucumber all the way to court.

September 15, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The movie's handsome appearance is complemented by assured performances.

September 14, 2018 | Full Review…
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Lizzie is at war with its own impulses. You can sense there's a sexy overheated melodrama in there, yearning to burst free of its corset.

September 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Putting Kristen Stewart and Chloë Sevigny on screen together was a wonderful choice-one that doesn't deserve to be drowned in a torrent of confusing, implausible, and just downright dull ones.

September 13, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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As lurid as the tale is, sitting through Macneill's somber movie version is like watching ye olde paint dry.

September 13, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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