Lizzie Reviews

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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.
January 31, 2019
Takes its title character out of folk history and rewrites her as a queer proto-feminist battling against the worst excesses of patriarchal power.
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 18, 2018
An absorbing, well-acted psychological thriller that loses its grip as it slips into sensationalism.
December 14, 2018
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
Sevigny is compelling, Stewart less so, and there are few surprises. A bit TV. But not in the good way.
December 13, 2018
The element of horror is treated circumspectly, almost dispassionately, as if to douse its mythic element in as much cold reality as possible.
September 28, 2018
For all the horror of her situation, Lizzie needed some larger motivation to wield her axe. Lizzie dramatically provides it.
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 24, 2018
The movie tackles [Lizzie's sexual awakening] much more head-on -- and explicitly -- than other depictions of Borden's life, including a recent Lifetime movie and series, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.
September 21, 2018
When the time comes for the famous axe and whacks, Lizzie reveals itself as more Greek tragedy than murder mystery - a depiction of feminine ferocity and ingenuity in the face of injustice.
September 21, 2018
A compelling drama of human desire, oppression, romance and regret I'll not soon forget.
September 21, 2018
Borden was a cold-blooded killer, and the handsomely crafted, at times laborious Lizzie takes a step back and examines her story in a semi-modern context.
September 20, 2018
While you wish the characters were a little more fleshed out, the light effectively traps you within that airless era.
September 20, 2018
Macneill made a smart, unsettling and dark film, but it needs more expertise that will come with experience.
September 20, 2018
It remains an entirely watchable drama thanks in no small part to the charisma of its two lead women.
September 20, 2018
The performances keep you invested... as do the speculations laid out by screenwriter Bryce Kass, who sticks to those facts that suit the tale he wants to tell.
September 20, 2018
We wait in vain for "Lizzie" to do something truly surprising with this oft-told tale. But it's worth a look if only for the two central performances.
September 19, 2018
Macneill and Kass weaken their message of female empowerment by pushing it past politics to pulp fiction.
September 15, 2018
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.
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