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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 25, 2014
  • Season #: 1
Lizzie Borden Took an Ax Image
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55

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  • Summary: The infamous murder trial of Lizzie Borden (Christina Ricci) for the killing of her father and stepmother in 1892 is dramatized in this TV movie.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jan 23, 2014
    91
    Lizzie Borden takes an ax to many assumptions--including the one that Lifetime movies aren't worth watching.
  2. Reviewed by: Sara Smith
    Jan 24, 2014
    80
    Sometimes slasher flick, sometimes courtroom drama, this Lizzie is a cynically dark, shamefully fun account of an all-American crime.
  3. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jan 21, 2014
    75
    Christina Ricci does a haunting turn as notorious hatchet swinger Lizzie Borden.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 22, 2014
    50
    Oddly constructed, Lifetime’s latest attempt to produce TV movies with more edge isn’t exactly razor-sharp, but strictly based on its camp factor, Lizzie should get the job done.
  5. Reviewed by: Phil Dyess-Nugent
    Jan 24, 2014
    50
    It’s just a period horror story starring Wednesday Addams as the high-strung monster from the playground jumping-rope rhyme, with costumes and furnishings (and a general lack of extras) that suggest a high-school play.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jan 27, 2014
    40
    The movie itself apparently isn’t sure the murders themselves are lurid enough. So it adds a few things that didn’t happen, plus some 21st-century music.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 24, 2014
    30
    An utterly pedestrian docudrama that never lives up to its campy billing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jan 25, 2014
    6
    Pretty much a standard documentary, but an interesting one. It provides a good background story on the pre-murder Borden family. Two modern day detectives then use scientific forensic methods to re-examine the murder and the family circumstances and relationships coming to some conclusions which I had never heard before. The title sounds like sensational junk but it is actually an intelligent and informative show. Expand
  2. Feb 20, 2014
    2
    boredom. Was looking for more real horror drama, not this. I couldn't make it through more than 20 minutes without stepping away and coming back later. I learned a whole lot more and had way more fun when I visited her museum and her house. Expand