Christina Ricci returned to her epic role of Lizzie Borden for the new Lifetime mini-series, ‘The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.’ However, did it measure up? Should you set your DVR for next week? Here’s what the critics are saying.
In her follow up to the Lifetime movie, Lizzie Borden Took An Axe, the cast is back for a brand new miniseries. Christina Ricci plays a terrifying Lizzie, and Clea DuVall returns has Lizzie’s sister, Emma, in the miniseries, which shows us a recap of the actual events that went down after the horrific double murder of 1892. So,are the eight episodes worth watching?
‘The Lizzie Borden Chronicles’ Reviews
This is not groundbreaking, literary drama. The costumes are over the top, the characters recognizable, and the camp as dense as the night fog through which Ricci’s sinister face appears, from behind a tree, to spy on her next victim, before disappearing again. It’s candy. It tastes good as long as you don’t eat too many in a row and make yourself sick. And it’s at least a fun spin on a classic tale. There have been more than a dozen retellings in popular culture of the Lizzie Borden trial. It’s an American story that won’t die—but in this version many people will.
Lifetime’s sequel miniseries to its hit Lizzie Borden TV movie is a bloody mess beyond its two terrific leads. What happens after Lizzie Borden takes an axe to her father and stepmother? Lifetime follows up its popular television movie from 2014 about the notorious accused murderess with an eight-episode miniseries sequel that, based on the two installments sent out for review, is content to be unexceptional trash.
It’s painful to witness an attempt at clever counter-programming go badly, but the Easter Sunday debut of “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles” unfortunately lands with a thud.
The series has a good deal of fun with what such notoriety might have been like in the late-19th century, with children jumping rope to Lizzie’s name, and all the locals casting sideways glances at her in church. Really, though, it’s all an excuse to do a gothic-style tale while setting up a cat-and-mouse game pitting the detective against the sweetly smiling Lizzie, who, as played by Ricci, mixes her homicidal tendencies with a hint of seduction.
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— Emily Longeretta