The early reviews for Lindsay Lohan’s comeback performance in Liz & Dick are in – and they’re not pretty.
The 26-year-old has been more famous for her antics off camera than on it in recent years and had hoped to resurrect her career in the made-for-TV movie, which charts the relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and her husband Richard Burton. However early reviews have been less than promising.
The Hollywood Reporter described the movie as “half train wreck, half SNL skit.”
“Lohan is woeful as Taylor from start to finish,” said reviewer Tim Goodman. “But, whatever you do, don’t miss Liz & Dick. It’s an instant classic of unintentional hilarity. Drinking games were made for movies like this. And the best part is that it gets worse as it goes on, so in the right company with the right beverages, Liz & Dick could be unbearably hilarious toward the tail end of the 90-minute running time.”
An early review on the New York Daily News was similarly damning, though it did go easier on Lohan herself. "It's tempting to say the movie's big problem is that Lohan is no Liz Taylor,” it read. “And she isn't - though that's not entirely her fault. There aren't all that many actresses, or women, who can stop a room simply by walking into it.”
The reviews come just days after the filmmakers themselves spoke out about the difficulty of making a movie alongside the tabloid favourite. “Producing a movie with Lindsay Lohan is not for the faint of heart,” said Larry Thompson, one of the team behind the Lifetime movie.
There has been no shortage of media attention surrounding the movie, nor the casting of Lohan whose career has nosedived since finding fame at a young age in films like Freaky Friday and Mean Girls.
The movie airs on 25 November in the US and there is no news yet on whether it will be broadcast on British television.