Lady Macbeth Reviews

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July 20, 2019
Lady Macbeth feels like gussied-up exploitation incapable of wringing any actual substance out of its lurid trappings.
June 4, 2019
A beautifully produced and atmospheric work through which Oldroyd shows great promise. But thematically it's a bit of a mess.
March 13, 2019
This movie was glossy garbage.
November 3, 2018
The film is all style and no substance. Many of the frames seem to exist solely for their aesthetic purpose, and the sexual and racial politics appear ever so juvenile.
August 22, 2017
Lady Macbeth is an odd jumble of Gothic romance conventions, a storyline transplanted from a bleak Russian novella, and an attempt to address racial inequity that's too shallow to go beyond tokenism.
August 21, 2017
Lady Macbeth's positive attributes are ultimately cancelled out by a middle that just doesn't, for the most part, work at all.
August 10, 2017
The result is cold and unconvincing, by turns dull and repellent.
July 28, 2017
It's not my cup of bile.
July 28, 2017
The brazenness of her actions and opacity of her emotions suggest a tragic heroine in the grand tradition ... but the film lacks the propulsive drive to make her fate moving.
July 27, 2017
There's an intriguing story to be told here, but there's a better way to tell it. To borrow from the Bard, the spots in Lady Macbeth simply won't wash away.
July 26, 2017
Despite director William Oldroyd's vengeful flair and admirable exploration of the tale's racial fissures, Lady Macbeth is memorable mainly for attempting to drown its audience in misery.
July 26, 2017
It's impossible to root for Katherine. She fights back, for sure, but then she behaves more appallingly than her oppressors.
July 21, 2017
It is so calculated that you can see every shock from 3 miles out, and if it weren't for cold cruelty, Lady Macbeth would have no life at all.
July 13, 2017
The utter lack of tragic affect in its ostensibly disturbing final shot of Katherine sitting on a couch with an unrepentantly blank expression on her face exposes Lady Macbeth for the emptily portentous fraud it is.
July 13, 2017
Katherine grows less plausible, and her motivations seem murkier as her cruelty escalates. She stars out as an avenging angel and then devolves into almost campy serial-killer criminality, the mixed tones leaving us insufficiently moved.
July 13, 2017
Those expecting another date with Banquo, Macduff, and the gang are sure to be disappointed.
July 11, 2017
Katherine feels disorientingly more modern than anyone around her, and the cold-blooded finale feels less like a true reckoning with moral character than the filmmakers seem to intend.
July 10, 2017
There is an emptiness to Lady Macbeth, part of it on purpose and part of it not.
April 20, 2017
The actors are good enough to convince even when the plot doesn't. A larger problem is that Lady Macbeth grows less psychologically plausible the higher the body count rises.
March 15, 2017
Lady Macbeth eventually turns into a meaningless, mean-spirited, and proudly irredeemable non-character study.
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