5 brutal reviewer quotes for ‘Liz & Dick’ starring Lindsay Lohan
          

Last night Lifetime finally revealed to the world their film about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton starring Lindsay Lohan. The reviews have been rolling in and by almost all accounts I think I’m glad I missed Liz & Dick.

The actress was hoping that the film, which gained a tremendous amount of media attention because of Lohan’s involvement, would spark a reignition of her career but so far it’s looking like it might have the opposite effect. A source close to Lindsay told Huffington Post‘s Rob Shuter:

“Lindsay has already read her own press. She knew the script wasn’t strong but thought she would bring the role of Elizabeth to life. This is particularly heartbreaking as her acting was the only thing in her life that she knew was real. Now she is doubting that, too.”

As of this post, aggregate review site Metacritic has the film scored at a 33 out of 100. Here are 5 quotes from some of the, shall we say, “unfavorable” reviews.

TV Guide / Matt Roush: “an epic of stunningly cynical and pathetic miscasting, a TV-movie so laughably inept it doesn’t deserve to be on a first-name basis with anything resembling humanity.”

The Hollywood Reporter / Tim Goodman: “Lohan is woeful as Taylor from start to finish…. The best part is that it gets worse as it goes on, so in the right company with the right beverages, Liz & Dick could be unbearably hilarious toward the tail end of the 90-minute running time.”

Philadelphia Daily News / Ellen Gray: A Saturday Night Live-worthy performance by Lindsay Lohan makes this much-anticipated/dreaded Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton biopic even worse than I, at least, had imagined.

The Huffington Post / Maureen Ryan: “Liz and Dick is badly paced, cheap-looking and encrusted with a tinkly, preposterous soundtrack that is designed to make viewers go insane.”

San Francisco Chronicle / David Wiegand: “The film, starring Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler and airing Sunday night, is terrible. It could have been terrible in a fun way, but is, alas, terrible in the other way: It’s so terrible, you’ll need to ice your face when it’s over to ease the pain of wincing for two hours.”

Pretty harsh stuff. Out of fairness I should mention that there are a sprinkling of favorable reviews out there including one via Variety from Brian Lowry in which he writes, “While Liz & Dick is wobbly at times, the movie ultimately stands on its own.”

Lindsay’s father Michael Lohan, one never to shy away from a camera or microphone, came out in defense of his daughter’s performance too:

“Due to the content, I had to step away from a lot of the scenes, but regardless of what some of these so-called critics, who don’t have an ounce of talent in their bones say, Lindsay proved that she is an amazing actress. This was a different role for her at a difficult time of her life.”

Did you see Liz & Dick and if so what were your thoughts?

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    • VinnieDD

      THIS WAS THE WORST DUMBEST MOVIE IVE EVER SEEN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. I WATCHED IT FOR A GOOD LAUGH BUT MY HEART WENT OUT TO ELIZABETH TAYLOR WHO WOULD TURN OVER IN HER GRAVE IF SHE HAD SEEN THIS PORTRAYAL OF HER AND HER LIFE LOL

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1029554699 Alyssa Downing

      What’s sad is people actually cast Lindsay in film roles.

    • http://twitter.com/Hayzii_1 Hayzii

      I got through about 20 minutes. It was just sad. Lindsay is so bloated, her new teeth and inflated lips have totally killed her smile. Her eyes are dead. Her voice is terrible. She definitely cannot pull off the heavy eyeliner and dark hair look of Liz.

    • ohmygeez

      Gee, where did they go wrong? Could it be casting dead-behind-the-eyes Lohan? Ding ding ding!

    • jassay

      I watched it and I loved it. Lindsay lohan did a great job!!!! If youd didnt like you a hater. I couldnt stop watching it. She was great

    • Jenn

      Elizabeth Taylor would try her hardest to cost anyone involved in this movie their career if she was still alive. It was such an embarassment of a movie depicting someone like Taylor. These people should never make another film.

    • http://www.facebook.com/LaurenHawkins811 Lauren Hawkins

      It’s such a shame… I did watch the movie in its entirety, and must admit did so to see just how bad it was going to be. I truly enjoyed Bowler’s performance, Lindsay’s not so much. I think she really wanted this to be THE performance to re-establish her career and it didn’t. She was dull and boring to watch and the way the movie was done was horrible also.

    • Maria M.

      Honestly, I feel kind of bad for her. She must feel terrible after reading these reviews about her. Although she is a nutjob, this could have been a good comeback for her. I feel like critics were judging her on her life choices rather than her acting but what do I know…

    • stunned

      I was in shock the whole time watching this. Not only did they misconstruefacts, the actors(mainly Lindsay) was the worst ever. I agree Elizabeth Taylor must be rolling in her grave last night

    • Sweet Venom

      Well…she’ll always have The Parent Trap…

    • sanoga

      It really wasn’t THAT bad… I mean, it’s a Lifetime movie, what do ya expect? Also, does anyone else think Linds is starting to resemble Aubrey O Day? (especially in the pout)

    • Soshiloveable

      it is a tv movie..what do you expect? LOL lifetime is not like those big productions in hollywood

 

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