Martha Behind Bars

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 25, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    All told, the movie's a respectable and mostly watchable recounting of this notorious chapter in Stewart's storied career, despite being so stiff and formal that it never really comes alive.
  2. Fortunately, "Bars" doesn't take itself or its subject too terribly seriously, allowing for the material's camp value to seep through.
  3. 50
    Shepherd scores in a so-so docudrama.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tim Stack
    It comes off feeling cheap and mean. [23 Sep 2005, p.84]
  5. 40
    Where the previous movie aspired to be a camp classic, "Martha Behind Bars" takes itself more seriously, and less entertainingly.
  6. Viewers who like to snicker at cheesy TV movies will get a kick out of Shepherd's imperious and demanding take on Stewart.
  7. 20
    A boring prison-sentence of a silly biopic.
  8. Reviewed by: Bob Cook
    Disappointly uncampy, even on its own terms.

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