• Network: Lifetime
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 25, 2014
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic 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: Allison Keene
    Jan 23, 2014
    70
    Lizzie Borden Took An Ax: Christina Ricci gave some whacks; and when it all was said and done, it was in fact quite creepy fun.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 27, 2014
    67
    After hewing reasonably close to the record, at least for the trial, the film goes off the rails in its postscript.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Jan 21, 2014
    63
    [Ricci] doesn’t add much depth here to her TV portrayal of Lizzie, a rebellious sort (she steals from her stepmother and barks at her strict father) living in a stifling, emotionless house with her sister, Emma. Blame some of that on the movie’s writing.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jan 27, 2014
    30
    Both actors [Gregg Henry and Billy Campbell] do their level best, as does Clea DuVall as Lizzie's dubious but loyal sister Emma. But they all seem to be participating in a very different movie from Ricci, who flounces, flops and smiles knowingly but offers no insight against the pounding backbeat, like a CW heroine slumming it on Lifetime.
  11. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 24, 2014
    30
    Rather than interest you in Lizzie Borden’s chapter in the history of American criminal justice, the movie makes it all seem hollow and unworthy of persisting in cultural memory for as long as it has.
  12. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 24, 2014
    30
    An utterly pedestrian docudrama that never lives up to its campy billing.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. 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 comingboredom. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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 modernPretty 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. Full Review »