Posted on Sun Nov 25, 2012 02:00 PM PDT
Lindsay Lohan's Elizabeth Taylor inspired flick Liz & Dick premieres tonight on Lifetime, but critics have already weighed in on the biopic with some harsh words for the film and Lindsay's performance as well.
The movie, which tells the tale of Taylor's relationship with Richard Burton, was widely seen as a vehicle for Lindsay's comeback by drawing comparisons between her and the late actress, a feat that appears to have fallen short of expectations.
L.A. Times film critic Mary McNamara weighed in with her thoughts on Lindsay's performance in the film when she stated:
- "Lohan is certainly lovely, but she has never really played a full-grown woman on film and they don't come any more full-grown than Taylor. It would be tough for many contemporary actresses to pull off that mink hat, but even in the trademark slip, Lohan too often seems like a teenager playing dress up."
McNamara also likened the sexual chemistry between Lindsay and co-star Grant Bowler to that of Kermit and Miss Piggy minus the tenderness, but the most scathing comments came from The Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman, who didn't hold back with his harsh criticism.
- "Lohan is woeful as Taylor from start to finish. But, whatever you do, don’t miss Liz & Dick. It’s an instant classic of unintentional hilarity. Drinking games were made for movies like this. And 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."
"For a short film on two long lives, Liz & Dick truly drags," Goodman adds. "Luckily, you can’t take your eyes off of Lohan playing Taylor, which the producers clearly thought would work because they share similar backstories. Except for the part about Taylor being a gigantic movie star and Lohan not being one."
Is Lindsay as bad as these critics would suggest? See for yourself when Liz & Dick premieres tonight on Lifetime.
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