• Network: Lifetime
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 25, 2012
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
26

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 27
  2. Negative: 21 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 16, 2012
    70
    While Liz & Dick is wobbly at times, the movie ultimately stands on its own.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Nov 16, 2012
    40
    It's a story of triumph with a strong vein of tragedy, and in the larger picture, Liz & Dick never captures that scope. Nor, down at the detail level, does the script do neither Lohan or Bowler any favors.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Nov 26, 2012
    10
    Whatever her faults, Ms. Lohan is not the film's biggest problem. That would be the script, which fails to introduce characters or even explain plot developments.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Nov 21, 2012
    0
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Nov 26, 2012
    20
    Bowler and Lohan never approach the kind of magnetism that a movie about Burton and Taylor must conjure in order to be convincing.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Nov 26, 2012
    25
    In short, she [Lohan] and her film are too awful to watch.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Nov 16, 2012
    10
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Nov 16, 2012
    42
    Liz & Dick is not a complete disaster, nor entirely is Lohan.
  9. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Nov 21, 2012
    63
    Lohan attacks the part with a relentless, huffing-and-puffing determination that rivets attention.... While Bowler is a flawless Burton, Lohan's single-minded fierceness obliterates him. [3 Dec 2012, p.43]
  10. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Nov 21, 2012
    10
    Liz and Dick is badly paced, cheap-looking and encrusted with a tinkly, preposterous soundtrack that is designed to make viewers go insane.
  11. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Nov 26, 2012
    33
    But because Lohan seems to be going to a costume party dressed as Taylor while Bowler's giving a performance, the whole thing is an imbalanced mess.
  12. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Nov 16, 2012
    75
    There are so many things in this movie that are just so damned juicy that it is sure is more fun to watch than the exploits of today's orchestrated star pairings.
  13. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Nov 21, 2012
    10
    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.
  14. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Nov 20, 2012
    16
    Those looking for depth will find none. Liz & Dick triumphs, however, as an amusement park for fans of the deeply dreadful.
  15. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Nov 26, 2012
    25
    Calling this a train wreck makes the movie sound more fascinating than it is.
  16. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Nov 21, 2012
    25
    The film compartmentalizes the public and presumed private lives of Taylor and Burton with little sense of the whole and little sense of who these people really were.
  17. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Nov 20, 2012
    42
    Taylor and Burton deserved better, and Lohan should have shed her protective shell and stepped up her game.
  18. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Nov 26, 2012
    30
    The film's real failure is that it's not terrible enough. Instead it is a respectful and oddly cramped tribute to the legendary love affair between Taylor and Richard Burton that isn't vulgar enough to be entertainingly campy and is too wedded to the myth to riff imaginatively on the couple's gaudy, outsize celebrity.
  19. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Nov 26, 2012
    20
    A wildly graceless biopic that careens through the decades-long relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton with more petulance than passion, knocking down gin bottles and rumpling silk sheets for no better reason than that's what it says to do in the script.
  20. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Nov 26, 2012
    10
    Liz & Dick alternates between imbecile fatuity (particularly in its device of intercutting scenes of a black-clad Taylor and Burton musing on their relationship like characters who've wandered in from an East German experimental film) and stupefying literalness.
  21. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Nov 26, 2012
    10
    Lindsay Lohan cannot make a movie this bad by herself. There's an ample assist from the screenwriting, which strings together soap-opera lines ("I won't live without you!" "No more LIES!" "You haven't lost me, I've lost you") into a production you might expect to see Jenna Maroney in on 30 Rock.
  22. 0
    It's just bad-bad. Specifically, it's retro-bad.
  23. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Nov 26, 2012
    38
    [Liz & Dick] isn't offensively bad. But it is by no means good.
  24. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Nov 26, 2012
    25
    Liz & Dick is, simply, a joke.
  25. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Nov 21, 2012
    30
    You can hate Lifetime movies, and still see that Liz and Dick is exactly what a Lifetime movie is supposed to be, instantly hootable, usually ludicrous, rarely dull.
  26. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Nov 26, 2012
    30
    The film attempts to frame the couple as the harbingers of modern fame, but its ambitions are steamrolled by the impatience of a rushed chronological plot.
  27. 10
    Liz & Dick, Lindsay Lohan's corny "comeback vehicle," is so awful it makes the entire slate of Lifetime guilty-pleasure TV movies look like Masterpiece Theatre.
User Score
3.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 6 out of 10
  1. Dec 2, 2012
    10
    one the best movies Lifetime has made this year. Lindsay Lohan does her best as Elizabeth Taylor and gives it her all. she is ready to comeone the best movies Lifetime has made this year. Lindsay Lohan does her best as Elizabeth Taylor and gives it her all. she is ready to come back to the screen and this was the perfect way for her comeback. Full Review »
  2. Nov 25, 2012
    2
    Dear Liz or Lohan, whatever your name is, I can't believe Liz & Dick is gonna be a Lifetime movie right now. It's too bad that I don't careDear Liz or Lohan, whatever your name is, I can't believe Liz & Dick is gonna be a Lifetime movie right now. It's too bad that I don't care and I don't wanna watch it because Lindsay Lohan is still a trainwreck. Wasn't she aware that she's on probation for some kind of burglary? I wonder if she's still high while shooting the movie. Anyway, how dare Lindsay to portray the late great Elizabeth Taylor and re-do the scandal that shocked Hollywood about 50 something years ago along with her ex-husband Richard Burton since their Cleopatra days. That was one of the greatest and most controversial love affairs turned scandals of all time. And now Lifetime is responsible to air Liz & Dick? Bring back America's Most Wanted for pete's sake. I got two words to describe Liz & Dick the movie: Craplicous and filth. And that's the reason you must avoid watching this trash. Full Review »
  3. Feb 6, 2013
    10
    Haters gonna hate, everything Lindsay Lohan is such a great actress and go find out something to do in your life, because we're all tired ofHaters gonna hate, everything Lindsay Lohan is such a great actress and go find out something to do in your life, because we're all tired of rumours starting Full Review »