Entertainment

Lindsay Lohan's hyped TV film about Elizabeth Taylor panned

Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan Bang Showbiz

A HYPED film starring Lindsay Lohan in her comeback role and Kiwi actor Grant Bowler has been written off as "woeful" and a "train wreck" in early reviews.

Liz & Dick charts the turbulent love story of Hollywood superstar Liz Taylor and the actor she married and divorced twice, Richard Burton.

Lohan stars as Taylor while Bowler, who also starred in the Kiwi drama Outrageous Fortune, plays Burton.

>>TV Guide and Movie News

The film was billed a comeback for Lohan, who has been plagued by legal trouble and drug and alcohol problems in recent years.

However, early reviews have been scathing, with The Hollywood Reporter calling it "half train wreck, half SNL skit".

It panned Lohan's performance as "woeful".

"There is not one minute in this film where she's believable."

The film was written off as "spectacularly bad", overly hysterical and badly directed.

"It's an instant classic of unintentional hilarity. Drinking games were made for movies like this."

Bowler escapes comparatively unscathed, getting some praise for delivering most of the film's "small" supply of good dialogue.

"He at least gets to play drunk half the time, deliciously mean a quarter of the time and, well, you'll be staring at Lohan all the time anyway."

Other reviews were more charitable, saying the film had some good moments but ended up feeling lifeless and flat.

The New York Daily News said Liz & Dick failed to capture the true over-the-top theatricality of Burton and Taylor's real-life romance.

"Elizabeth Taylor loved diamonds. This new movie about her life feels more like rhinestones."

Newsday said Lohan could not capture Taylor's larger-than-life character.

"Lohan's no Taylor (not that anyone is or ever could be). But poor Linds doesn't stand a chance. As seen here, her skills are rudimentary - made rustier by a long absence and a lot of other extracurricular activities."

Topics:  elizabeth taylor, lindsay lohan, movie reviews, telemovie




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Armed men in Halloween masks hold up taxi at Cooloola Cove

Taxi

Taxi driver refuses to hand over cash to masked men

Truss: Aquatic centre and Pavilion upgrade make Budget

A artist impression of Gympie’s proposed Aquatic Centre

Significant funding allocated to Section C, Cooroy to Curra upgrade

Latest deals and offers

Dash cam as car rolls dodging rabbit

A car rolls over after dodging a rabbit.

This is why they say don't swerve for wildlife.

ACF take Minister to Court

ACF chief executive Kelly O'Shanassy

The Australian Conservation Foundation go to court to stop Carmichael mine.

Dash Cam: Roo takes on car

Kangaroo leaps car.

Kangaroo could have kept going, jumps car instead.

Gympie trumps Fraser Coast in new housing developments

The scorecard is out - Gympie has come up trumps compared to Wide Bay in terms of new housing development.

Gympie trumps Fraser Coast in new housing developments

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog