Lizzie (2018 film)

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Lizzie poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Craig William Macneill
Produced by
Written by Bryce Kass
Music by Jeff Russo
Cinematography Noah Greenberg
Edited by Abbi Jutkowitz
  • Artina Films
  • Destro Films
  • Powder Hound Pictures
  • The Solution Entertainment Group
Distributed by
Release date
  • January 19, 2018 (2018-01-19) (Sundance)
  • September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Lizzie is a 2018 American biographical thriller film directed by Craig William Macneill and written by Bryce Kass. The film is based on the true story of Lizzie Borden, who was accused and acquitted of the ax-murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1892. The film stars Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jay Huguley, Jamey Sheridan, Fiona Shaw, Kim Dickens, Denis O'Hare, and Jeff Perry.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018. It was released on September 14, 2018, by Saban Films and Roadside Attractions.


As an unmarried woman of 32, Lizzie (Sevigny) is a social outcast trapped under her austere, domineering father’s control. When Bridget Sullivan (Stewart), a young maid desperate for work, comes to live with the family, Lizzie finds in her a kindred spirit, and a chance intimacy that blossoms into a wicked plan, and a dark, unsettling end.



On October 28, 2015, it was announced that Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart had been cast in an as yet untitled film about Lizzie Borden, with Pieter Van Hees to direct from a script by Bryce Kass.[1][2] Sevigny was cast to play Borden, with Stewart playing her live-in maid Bridget Sullivan. The film's producer would be Naomi Despres, with Playtone executive producing.[1] On May 12, 2016, Craig William Macneill came on board to direct the film.[4]

On November 10, 2016, Jay Huguley was cast in the film to play William Henry Moody, the prosecuting attorney in the case.[2] Elizabeth Destro was also producing the film through Destro Films, along with Despres through Artina Films, and Sevigny with Josh Bachove co-producing, and the film would be financed by Elizabeth Stillwell and Roxanne Anderson through Powder Hound Pictures and Ingenious Media.[3] Fiona Shaw, Jamey Sheridan, Kim Dickens, Denis O'Hare, and Jeff Perry were also cast in the film.[3]

Principal photography on the film began on November 14, 2016, in Savannah, Georgia, and it wrapped on December 16, 2016.[3][5][6]


The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018.[7][8] Saban Films, in partnership with Roadside Attractions, acquired North American rights with plans to release the film this summer. [9] It was released on September 14, 2018.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 65% based on 57 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10.[11] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 60 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[12]

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  1. ^ a b c d Khatchatourian, Maane (October 28, 2015). "Kristen Stewart, Chloe Sevigny to Star in Lizzie Borden Movie". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c N'Duka, Amanda (November 10, 2016). "Jay Huguley Joins 'Untitled Lizzie Borden Project'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Alexander, Chris (December 16, 2016). "Sevigny, Stewart and Dickens Wrap on Gothic Shocker Lizzie". CraveOnline Media. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  4. ^ Ford, Rebecca (May 12, 2016). "Cannes: 'Lizzie Borden' With Kristen Stewart, Chloe Sevigny Lands Director (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  5. ^ Nussbaum, Katie (November 14, 2016). "Lizzie Borden biopic starring Chloe Sevigny, Kristen Stewart filming in Savannah". Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  6. ^ Romano, Nick (December 16, 2016). "See Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny in the New Lizzie Borden Movie". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  7. ^ "2018 Sundance Film Festival: Feature Films Announced". Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute. November 29, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  8. ^ "Program Schedule: Sundance Film Festival '18" (PDF). Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  9. ^ Evans, Greg (January 25, 2018). "Saban Films Takes North American Rights To Chloë Sevigny Sundance Starrer 'Lizzie'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Bitran, Tara (August 3, 2018). "'Lizzie': Watch the Trailer for Chloe Sevigny, Kristen Stewart's Lizzie Borden Drama". Variety. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Lizzie (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "Lizzie Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 20, 2018.

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