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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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.

Cast

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
Tara Ochs
as Susan Gilbert
Jay Huguley
as William Henry Moody
Darin Cooper
as Jury Foreman
Jeremy Sykes
as Tenement Man
Jody Matzer
as Deputy Fleet
Tom Thon
as Professor Wood
Zachary Kyle Musten
as Irish Townsman
Elgin Lee
as Pedestrian
Scott R. Phillips
as Opera Attendee
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Critic Reviews for Lizzie

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (95) | Rotten (48)

  • [Chloë Sevigny's] efforts were not for naught as "Lizzie" is a not only a taut nail-biter, but a vivid character study showcasing the actress' best screen work to date.

    October 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • What lingers at the end of LIZZIE is a feeling of hope acquired at a disastrous cost that will leave its touch on the audience long after the movie is done.

    September 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • cold hard slab of American gothic murder mystery

    June 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Fine acting and the strong cast are a major factor in making this film work.

    April 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Lizzie puts a Sapphic spin on the Borden saga that ends up being far more a family drama and love story as opposed to a horror movie or thriller as it is billed on Shudder.

    April 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • ...the film weaves a new narrative of deep sympathy for Lizzie's situation...but its painfully slow pacing keeps the impactful moments too detached...That being said...Sevigny and Stewart are great...

    April 10, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | 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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