Lifetime‘s new movie ‘Liz & Dick’ premieres this weekend on the channel, and while Lindsey Lohan has been trying her best to promote it, the biopic is getting torn apart like a turkey wishbone by critics. The movie details the relationship between screen legends Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, played by Lohan and Grant Bowler. His portrayal of Burton has been getting decent reviews, but Lindsay’s performance as Taylor, who it seems she might think she is in real life, is getting panned.
Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter calls Lohan’s performance “woeful from start to finish,” and says that her late 80’s appearance of Taylor looks like a “lost ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit.” Maybe they should have gotten Mike Meyers for these scenes. He adds,
“For a short film on two long lives, Liz & Dick truly drags. 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. Not even a star bright enough to transport you at least halfway to believing she’s Elizabeth Taylor.”
Linda Stasi of The New York Post was a bit more kind, “Lohan, in character as Taylor, is often so believable you might think you’re seeing the real thing, but then every once in a while she’ll backslide and deliver lines that sound DOA.”
Brian Lowry of Variety suggested a Drinking Game while watching the movie, “like taking a swig every time a doctor or associate delivers bad news.” He says the movie is “wobbly at times, but the movie ultimately stands on its own.”
So will you be watching ‘Liz & Dick‘ when it premieres Sunday night at 9 p.m.? It sounds like it could be a lot of fun…or just really bad.
In “Made For TVMovies I Won’t Be Watching” news, the first trailer for Lifetime‘s “Liz & Dick” premiered, starring Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor and Grant Bowler as her two-time husband Richard Burton. While Lohan looks NOTHING like Taylor, Bowler makes an okay Burton, but even towards the end of his life, Richard was an attractive guy and I’m seeing none of that here.
You barely hear her in this sneak peek, but she sounds nothing like Liz. Maybe I’m just not old enough to remember that time Taylor had a constant cigarette induced cold. It does highlight Burton and Taylor’s many fights, some of which had to have taken place in a movie trailer or two. That’s the only excuse Lindsay could use as to why she decided to leave a caravan owned by Elizabeth a mess. Maybe the trailer got in her way and didn’t pay attention to her flashing lights. Maybe the trailer told Lindsay that it liked Amanda Bynes‘ movies better.
I’ve been meaning to post this photo for a few days. I just remembered–sorry. I gotta say, Lindsay looks bloody gorgeous. I don’t know who this Grant fella is, but I’m sure he’s fine.
If all we had to do was go by this photo alone, we could hope for a decent little made-for-TV movie. Who knows? Maybe Lindsay will go all method on us and let her crazy-rage-filled psyche come out and play. Lord know, Liz had it in her personality.
Here’s another photo Lifetime has released that is quite pretty, as well.
Oh, and just in case you’re too young (or have forgotten), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne in ‘Twin Peaks’) made quite a lovely Liz in the early 90’s.