Lizzie

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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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In 1892 Lizzie Borden lives a quiet life in Massachusetts under the strict rules established by her father. Lizzie finds a kindred spirit in the live-in maid, Bridget, and friendship soon blossoms into a secret romance. But tension mounts in the Borden household, leading to a violent breaking point.

Cast & Crew

Chloë Sevigny
Lizzie Borden
Kristen Stewart
Bridget Sullivan
Jamey Sheridan
Andrew Borden
Fiona Shaw
Abby Borden
Denis O'Hare
John Morse
Jeff Perry
Andrew Jennings
Jay Huguley
William Henry Moody
Bryce Kass
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Myles Nestel
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Bryce Kass
Executive Producer
Carolyn Hunt
Executive Producer
Noah Greenberg
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Abbi Jutkowitz
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Critic Reviews for Lizzie

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (99) | Rotten (50)

  • [Craig William] Macneill's approach might be described as a so-so impression of art-house understatement, with lots of wide-screen compositions that make obvious use of negative space and a flat tone that might be mistaken for dramatic restraint.

    March 4, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A two-hander with actresses of this calibre should be a humdinger, but very little about this misjudged period drama works properly.

    December 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Performances are the saving grace of a film which, while certainly not lacking in dramatic heft, seems more preoccupied with sexing up the scandal than getting to grips with those at the centre of it.

    December 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Sevigny is compelling, Stewart less so, and there are few surprises. A bit TV. But not in the good way.

    December 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • The element of horror is treated circumspectly, almost dispassionately, as if to douse its mythic element in as much cold reality as possible.

    December 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • For all the horror of her situation, Lizzie needed some larger motivation to wield her axe. Lizzie dramatically provides it.

    September 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lizzie

  • May 02, 2019
    Incredibly boring, Lizzie is a bizarre and monotonous "true life" crime drama. The story follows Lizzie Borden, an oppressed and victimized young woman who forms a friendship with the new housemaid and conspires with her to murder her parents. Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart lead the cast and they give fairly decent performances. However, the plot is absurd; proposing that Mr. Borden was raping the maid and that Lizzie was secretly a lesbian. But worse yet is the slow, languished pacing and dullness of the directing style. Lizzie is a lackluster biopic that's more fiction than fact.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2018
    The story behind the nursery rhyme in all of its naked violence. Slow in parts but is salvaged in the long run with very fine performances most notably Kristen Stewart who is a most improved actress. (9-29-18)
    John C Super Reviewer

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