The Lifetime Network must be gearing up for the highest ratings of their, er, lifetime. Sunday night, Lindsay Lohan's much tweeted about, much publicized, much scoffed at biopic Liz & Dick will be hitting airwaves, and from the sounds of it, America won't even know what hit it. Allegedly the movie will tell the tale of the great celebrity romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; but from all accounts there are many more reasons than that to tune in.
The role is being lauded by the network as Lohan's comback, but in light of what reviewers are saying, this might not be her golden ticket. That said, this movie sounds so bad, it's good. A campy must-see. Here's a sampling of what critics are saying about Liz & Dick.
Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times opens her review with about as cutting a critique as possible: "There are moments in Liz & Dick when Lindsay Lohan looks a lot like Elizabeth Taylor. There are others in which she looks like Elizabeth Taylor doing a Saturday Night Live impersonation of Lindsay Lohan."
Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter writes, "Lohan is woeful as Taylor from start to finish. 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 at 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. By the time Lohan is playing mid-'80's Taylor it looks like a lost Saturday Night Live skit, your body may be cramped in convulsions.
Over at Variety the reviews were a bit more favorable, "OK, so there's plenty of fun to be manufactured watching the movie — and even drinking games, like taking a swig every time a doctor or associate delivers bad news. Still, Bowler is quite good as Burton, and Lohan certainly is adequate, barring a few awkward moments, thanks largely to the fabulous frocks and makeup ... she gets to model."
From the looks of things, Liz & Dick is just bad enough to make it a can't miss. Tune in for the Lohan come-back Sunday night on Lifetime at 9.