Lizzie Reviews

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July 25, 2020
It shoots for Charlotte Perkins by way of Chantal Akerman, but it ends up more closely resembling a thesis hobbled into a screenplay.
March 4, 2020
[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.
February 20, 2019
To be certain, Lizzie has been made with care and intelligence but it is so devoid of passion or energy that it feels more like a diorama than a drama.
January 31, 2019
A thriller that is never unsettling soon becomes a triviality. And that's exactly what Lizzie is.
December 23, 2018
A two-hander with actresses of this calibre should be a humdinger, but very little about this misjudged period drama works properly.
December 22, 2018
Despite all it has going for it, Lizzie is a stilted affair that leaves its gifted actresses adrift.
December 17, 2018
No one could watch the climax, complete with axe swishes, nudity and arterial spurts, and call the film bloodless exactly, but it is curiously wan.
December 14, 2018
Sevigny is compelling, Stewart less so, and there are few surprises. A bit TV. But not in the good way.
December 7, 2018
Lizzie doesn't do much to distinguish itself, either as a morbid slice of feminist mythmaking or as a brooding work of psychological portraiture.
November 27, 2018
Casting LIZZIE - a telling of how the Borden Ax Murders might have gone - as a gothic horror film makes a certain amount of sense. If only they had given the thing a pulse.
November 9, 2018
It's another unfortunate case of a good concept and great acting, badly managed, resulting in a promising but, in the end, mediocre movie.
November 1, 2018
The team has come up with a psychologically realistic but polite work that, like the corsets around Lizzie's torso, feels too buttoned-down and joyless for its own good.
October 10, 2018
Lizzie is at times compelling and other times listless, a look back at a grisly bit of history that has become a gag, and tries to flesh out the human lives involved.
October 8, 2018
Despite all the lurid details and topical relevance, Lizzie is so chilly and inert that it belongs in a whacks museum.
October 3, 2018
A crawling narrative pace and repetitive last act mar the film's effectiveness.
September 27, 2018
We may never know the whole truth, and Lizzie certainly doesn't move us any closer to it.
September 27, 2018
There are interesting elements in the film and Sevigny's acting anchors the film with a compelling portrait. But the film as a whole never builds any real dramatic tension.
September 27, 2018
Under-developed character relationships and a tepid approach to the material fail to do justice to Chloë Sevigny's nuanced lead performance.
September 27, 2018
Unfortunately, despite a couple of solid performances, the film doesn't break any new ground or offer any particular illumination on these grisly crimes.
September 26, 2018
Meticulously observed, well-cast but funereally paced. And being from Roadside Attractions, nobody will see it, anyway.
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