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Lizzie Borden Took an Ax2014

Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014)

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The true story of Lizzie Borden, a young woman tried and acquitted in the 1892 murders of her father and stepmother.

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Cast

Christina Ricci
as Lizzie Borden
Billy Campbell
as Andrew Jennings
Gregg Henry
as Hosea Knowlton
Stephen McHattie
as Andrew Borden
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Critic Reviews for Lizzie Borden Took an Ax

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

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.

January 27, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The movie ends on such a note as to cause the audience to wonder how long it will take before "A," of Pretty Little Liars fame, starts leaving Lizzie Borden an incriminating text or two.

January 27, 2014 | Full Review…

It's slow and heavy-handed, tedious almost throughout. An average episode of Oxygen's Snapped isn't this dull, and has more interesting things to say about women who kill.

January 27, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Lizzie Borden takes an ax to many assumptions -- including the one that Lifetime movies aren't worth watching.

January 24, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Lizzie comes across more as a whiny, moody teen than a psychotic murderess, and Ricci is much-too-attractive to play the dowdy, crazy-eyed Lizzie familiar from those faded black-and-white photos (just sayin').

January 21, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Christina Ricci does a haunting turn as notorious hatchet swinger Lizzie Borden.

January 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Lizzie Borden Took an Ax

We streamed this on Netflix. Great period detail and chemistry between the Borden sisters (Ricci and DuVall). Christina Ricci has the perfect Gothic sensibilities to play this role, a rebel feminist pushing back against her society's constraints. Of course she pushes so far that her role turns to liar and murderer. This leads to a bit of confusion about the character. How much hero is in this anti-heroine? Or is it a cautionary tale about a clearly guilty sociopath? Ricci was a fan of continuing in this role and became an executive producer on a series, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, the next year (we also streamed the series). Strange, but not really unexpected in Hollywood constantly rebooting or reimagining projects, that three years later Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart starred in another Lizzie movie.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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From Lifetime comes the TV movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, a chilling drama about the notorious killer. Christina Ricci stars as Lizzie Borden, a New England socialite who feels oppressed and resentful toward her parents, and when they are brutally murdered she finds herself as the prime suspect. Told as a murder mystery, there are hints at a possible third party committing the murders, or that Lizzie had a psychotic break and was unaware of what she had done. However, the writing can be a little weak at times as the courtroom drama isn't exactly riveting. Yet the costumes and sets are especially well-done and look authentic to the time period. And the soundtrack, which is made up of modern alternative rock, offers an interesting juxtaposition to the visual aesthetic. Lizzie Borden Took an Ax meanders a bit, but overall it's a suspenseful psychological thriller.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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