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"This rewriting may work better if Lizzie wasnt so remorselessly dreary and oddly unhistorical in little details."
"And theres no nailing down exactly what Nikolai, an orphan himself, is up to."
Theres nothing particularly bad about Lizzie, but it ultimately feels like a missed opportunity, especially with two great actors in the lead roles.
Sevigny has never been more bare and bold; her icy stares could freeze a bonfire; in moments of simmering rage, it looks like she could literally expl ..
The problem is the enervated pacing and ludicrous depiction after much fancy skipping back and forth in time of the murders themselves.
Besides, accuracy isnt the most significant hurdle Lizzie fails to clear.
Her subtle performance doesnt give away much about her character, but it doesnt really matter.
The Young Folks
For all the horror of her situation, Lizzie needed some larger motivation to wield her axe. Lizzie dramatically provides it.
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The movie could have been hot pulp, but instead it plays like a drastic costume drama, with characters sitting grimly in rooms while other characters ..
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Her repressed defiance is more passive than steely and doesnt completely come off, as Lizzie seems everything her doctor, father, stepmother and uncle ..
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Moments that should take seconds carry on for what feels like years, making the eventual slide to the ax murders painfully boring.
Despite all the lurid details and topical relevance, Lizzie is so chilly and inert that it belongs in a whacks museum.
Because the movie has spent so much time raising suspicions from multiple angles, it doesnt quite convince in allowing us to understand why the killer ..
Mark Reviews Movies
Adds a new twist to the Borden murder mystery, as well as another fine portrayal of its presumed guilty but acquitted perpetrator; but thats not enoug ..
One Guys Opinion
Sevigny is compelling, Stewart less so, and there are few surprises. A bit TV. But not in the good way.
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.
Characters resolutely avoid talking about whats important, but theres never a doubt about what people are thinking.
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Right away, theres an electricity between them; as Lizzie reaches out to adjust one of Bridgets hairpins, its clear that theres already a connection.
Macneill made a smart, unsettling and dark film, but it needs more expertise that will come with experience.
The movies handsome appearance is complemented by assured performances.
Chloe Sevigny views Lizzie Borden as a feminist outlaw in this sketchily written, heavy handed, highbrow horror movie.
While you wish the characters were a little more fleshed out, the light effectively traps you within that airless era.
Conclusion: Lizzie With a film such as this, that has a lot feminine empowerment beneath its violent ends, theres a lot of very pretty details.
Rather than focusing on Lizzie as a figure out of a horror movie or creepy folk tale, she is portrayed as a woman who found liberty only through the d ..
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Chlo Sevigny and Kristen Stewart shine in this sobering, unflinching depiction of an infamous cult figure.
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 want ..
Takes its title character out of folk history and rewrites her as a queer proto feminist battling against the worst excesses of patriarchal power.
Yet, Macneills direction utterly fails to bring this deadly tale of intrigue and taboo to life.
The movie tackles much more head on and explicitly than other depictions of Bordens life, including a recent Lifetime movie and series, The Lizzie Bor ..
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 cont ..
The Verdict: Lizzie isnt exactly an exciting film, but its absolutely a compelling one.
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A compelling drama of human desire, oppression, romance and regret Ill not soon forget.
So when it builds to the bloody murder scenes, the eras repressive heaviness isnt deeply felt as the axe goes whack.
Sevignys captivating incarnation is complimented by an absorbing Stewart in this mostly astounding account that stuns before stalling at the final hur ..
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...a film that moves at such a glacial pace that by the time we finally see the murders occur youre unlikely to care who is responsible.
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Andrew Borden isnt merely a disciplinarian; hes vindictive and cruel and has the entitled lecherousness of an abuser.
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Performances are the saving grace of a film which, while certainly not lacking in dramatic heft, seems more preoccupied with sexing up the scandal tha ..
Unfortunately, the film never quite crosses that line into campy territory, merely teasing what a less serious treatment of Lizzies story might look l ..
Lizzie tries to find the seemingly impossible balance between family drama, murder mystery, and queer romance. Though its a compelling idea, it doesnt ..
The movie does finally get its blood upand out, and all over the wallsin its final act, with Macneill giving us the grand, vengeful horror weve been w ..
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 ..
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Youre an abomination, Andrew tells his daughter, though since hes been systematically abusing Bridget in her bedroom he isnt altogether in command of ..
The Arts Desk
Its like Jane Austen hooking up with Stephen King, as blood and womens rights gush together in an act of uncivil liberty. Murder never felt so good.
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 an ..
Fascinating and ferocious, Lizzie takes a legend hardened by history and blows it up from the inside, forcing the viewer to pick up the pieces and rec ..
Lizzie is a refreshing new take on the Lizzie Borden story and one that will speak to a modern audience.
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The team has come up with a psychologically realistic but polite work that, like the corsets around Lizzies torso, feels too buttoned down and joyless ..
In that sense, Lizzie feels like its designed for the current cultural moment, transforming Borden from nursery rhyme psycho to a powerful, tragic fem ..
Despite the darkly alluring subject matter, it ends up as a confused psychosexual snoozer more interested in titillating its audience than weaving a c ..
As a whole, the movie may not be perfect its lifelessness can feel, at moments, as oppressive as the 19th century patriarchy but dont worry: Lizzie sh ..
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She has boiled her resentments down to a formula: Men dont have to know things.
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We wait in vain for Lizzie to do something truly surprising with this oft told tale. But its worth a look if only for the two central performances.
Putting Kristen Stewart and Chlo Sevigny on screen together was a wonderful choice one that doesnt deserve to be drowned in a torrent of confusing, im ..
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 ..
Black Girl Nerds
If you want a film with intrigue, murder, and women in love, skip Lizzie and watch Park Chan Wooks The Handmaiden.
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All thats needed is for a vacationing Hercule Poirot to show up and declare that everyone did it.
Chlo Sevigny and Kristen Stewart bring a modern feminist twist to a classic 19th century true murder tale, for better and worse.
Releasing into an environment where its story feels both relevant and very of its time, Lizzie is a curious mix of genres, and certainly more graphic ..
One Room With A View
The deaths were grisly, and Macneill doesnt shy away from the bloodshed here.
Washington City Paper
Straightforwardness, really driven home by the romance, robs these events of their most haunting, opaque quality. There should be a degree of ambiguit ..
This approach doesnt exonerate Lizzie, but lets just say the portrait of this particular ax murderer gets a sympathetic slant in the #MeToo era.
Lizzie, however, is not a sensationalist horror film or a rigorous docudrama.
When one thing doesnt go exactly as planned she is ready to adapt.
Chlo Sevigny does excellent work as Lizzie, whether bold or abashed. Kristen Stewart balances her as Bridget.
But once Macneill allows this dark flower to completely unfurl into its horrifically imagined reenactment, Lizzie becomes a sobering, complex indictme ..
There are interesting elements in the film and Sevignys acting anchors the film with a compelling portrait. But the film as a whole never builds any r ..
A lot of details are thrown out herethe death of Bridgets mother, Lizzies epileptic seizuresbut the frequently meandering script doesnt seem to know w ..
I challenge anyone watching LIZZIE, a new film about the Lizzie Borden murders of 1892 in Fall River, Mass., to NOT count the number of whacks she use ..
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In this movie at least, hes a real contemptible fellow, toxic masculinity at its most petulant.
Lizzie is an intelligent, slow burn chamber piece that also serves as a subtle nod to the #MeToo movement.
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The first half of Lizzie is, for the most part, strong. Macneill successfully builds tension slowly.
Lizzie is more memorable for its foreboding atmosphere and believable performances by the films top billed actresses, Chlo Sevigny and Kristen Stewart ..
This vision of Lizzie Borden is ultimately too timid and dispassionate to be transgressive.
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The viewer may not notice this creeping dread building, until the moviegoer notices fingernails have embedded themselves in the armrest.
Both men put in good work but their bromance never convincingly ignites in this solid but anonymous effort by Danish director Michael Noer.
The struggle facing a single woman economic and otherwise is handled throughout this film with a desperate grace that elevates most scenes.
While performance is subtle, the story is anything but, hewing for the most part to known facts but filling them in with speculative details that make ..
The overall tone of the film is very sullen, which means even the romantic element of the movie is still rather sombre.
Lizzie ultimately does more for history, women and cinema with its devotion to the muddiness of morality and the clarity, however fleeting, of love.
The biopic brings empathy to the table as Sevigny plays the role of 32 year Lizzie as a woman still under the restrictive reigns of her wealthy father ..
Kristen Stewart and Chlo Sevigny give strong performances and if period pieces are your thing, this one has fantastic production design of the era.
Lizzie is brutal, historically attuned, and committed to exploring effeminate trauma and retaliation.
Lizzie feels like a peek behind the lace curtains of an abusive and ultimately murderous household. It offers a sympathetic view towards an axe wieldi ..
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But whats more profound in Craig William Macneils atmospheric retelling of the tale (and more timely) is its somber portrait of patronizing male power ..
Levy and Chan sparkle with their sweet chemistry and sense of whimsy.
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Both Sevigny and Stewart beautifully tap into the conflicting anger and compassion felt by deeply oppressed characters.
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The element of horror is treated circumspectly, almost dispassionately, as if to douse its mythic element in as much cold reality as possible.
A two hander with actresses of this calibre should be a humdinger, but very little about this misjudged period drama works properly.
Quite frankly, the women with no illnesses dont seem to fare much better.
Lizzie is at war with its own impulses. You can sense theres a sexy overheated melodrama in there, yearning to burst free of its corset.
Were treated to some fine moments between Lizze and Bridget, a bombastic murder sequence that stands above all else, and the rest a jumble of parlour ..
Lizzie is a study in how many small cruelties, combined with a monumental imbalance of power, can lead to tragedy.
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Macneill displays a want to serve understanding and compassion to this difficult character, championing study over sensationalization.
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Despite all it has going for it, Lizzie is a stilted affair that leaves its gifted actresses adrift.
This update of a well worn tale, made for a new audience, is certainly worth watching.
You cant chop your Mama up in Massachusetts/ That sort of thing just isnt very nice.
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Its a simple story made to rouse modern hearts, and the performances and cinematography are so good, the film nearly pulls off the trick.
Ms. Sevignys intelligence and formidable control keep the melodrama grounded. Her empathy for Borden, whose fragile constitution belies a searing will ..
The New York Times
The dullness of Lizzies world is cracked open when Bridget arrives, the dark and dreary rooms that Andrew refuses to light (Father doesnt believe in l ..
Fine acting and the strong cast are a major factor in making this film work.
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 wi ..
Los Angeles Times
To see the swing of the axe as cleansing rather than grotesque was the last thing I expected. And Im grateful for it.
Their stately home is a place of creaky floorboards, antiseptic sunlight, and dark unspoken secrets.
I spent most of the running time waiting for Lizzie (Chlo Sevigny) to grab the hatchet and wrap things up already.
New York Post
Oscar Nominee Chlo Sevigny (Boys Dont Cry) who stars in as well as produces the film, provides an impeccable and sustained performance as a Lizzie.
Burdened with a score of ominous, discordant string music, foreboding thunderclaps and occasionally histrionic dialogue, Lizzie limps along, a curious ..
The Washington Post
Still, the film is almost shockingly subdued for such a sensational story, an unexpected though not unwelcome storytelling choice that dials down the ..
Rochester City Newspaper
Locally at least, Bordens grisly story swiftly became the stuff of legend, and Macneills retelling doesnt stint on its gruesome aspects.
Unfortunately, despite a couple of solid performances, the film doesnt break any new ground or offer any particular illumination on these grisly crime ..
This is a genuine pressure cooker movie in which every sound and footfall is unbearably loud; shrill or keening noises on the soundtrack keep the view ..
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Lizzie pulls you into the most intimate aspects and doesnt need moments of shock to generate intrigue.
Unfortunately, much of this ambitious film is painfully sluggish and airless.
A thriller that is never unsettling soon becomes a triviality. And thats exactly what Lizzie is.
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While dutifully feminist in its outlook, the film strips Lizzie while never laying her bare.
Aside from these vivid stylistic components and Sevignys intricate lead performance, Lizzie doesnt do much to distinguish itself, either as a morbid s ..
The effective work of photography and the virtuoso sound design accentuate the climate of oppression and turn the lugubrious house where the action ta ..
Its another unfortunate case of a good concept and great acting, badly managed, resulting in a promising but, in the end, mediocre movie.
Lizzie is sustained by Sevigny and Stewarts portrayals, antiheroes of a story of the past.
If the real Lizzie Borden would have known that her life story would be told in such a drab, lackluster vehicle like Lizzie, she might have just turne ..
Lizzie is heavily influenced by old school horror flicks, with the soundtrack emphasizing the creaks and groans of the ancient house and the soft glow ..
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In addition to that, the pacing is slow, with moments of silence that are meant to build a slow burn effect but sadly, it doesnt succeed.
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You also have to appreciate positive things like the music and photography, in addition to the art direction, that make Lizzie a good film that, witho ..
At the same time, witnessing an abuser like Andrew meet his maker in such a gorey fashion isnt without therapeutic merit, either.
Lizzie shows that even a project based on the familiar can be a cut above the rest.
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