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

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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
    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
    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
    Christina Ricci does a haunting turn as notorious hatchet swinger Lizzie Borden.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 22, 2014
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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