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Lizzie (2018)



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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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 (152) | Top Critics (39)

[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 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Takes its title character out of folk history and rewrites her as a queer proto-feminist battling against the worst excesses of patriarchal power.

January 31, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

An absorbing, well-acted psychological thriller that loses its grip as it slips into sensationalism.

December 18, 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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Lizzie

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 Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


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
John C

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