Lizzie


2018

Lizzie (2018)

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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.

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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
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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Critic Reviews for Lizzie

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (24)

For all the horror of her situation, Lizzie needed some larger motivation to wield her axe. Lizzie dramatically provides it.

September 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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 27, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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 24, 2018 | Full Review…
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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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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 21, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

While you wish the characters were a little more fleshed out, the light effectively traps you within that airless era.

September 20, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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½

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)

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