Los Angeles - Lindsay Lohan has earned decidedly mixed reviews for her latest role - her bid to turn a page on legal troubles - with one critic calling her turn as Elizabeth Taylor "spectacularly bad."
The respected Hollywood Reporter pulled no punches in its review of TV movie Liz and Dick about the film legend's stormy relationship with actor Richard Burton, Lohan's first project since a string of court appearances.
"Both an awful mess and an instant classic of unintentional hilarity," it said in summarising a 1 200-word hatchet job by its critic, who opined: "Lohan is woeful as Taylor from start to finish."
"It should come as no great surprise that (Liz and Dick) movie starring Lindsay Lohan is spectacularly bad. After all, it's Lohan, more memorable in the tabloids than she ever was as an actress," he added.
"But whatever you do don't miss Liz and Dick. Drinking games were made for movies like this. The best part is that it gets worse as it goes on, so in the right company with the right beverages, (it) could be unbearably hilarious."
Other outlets were less scathing: industry daily Variety said the film "is actually pretty good, all things considered," although curiously it too suggested drinking games to accompany it.
"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," its critic wrote.
The Washington Post cited an executive on the film, Larry Thompson, as "stating the obvious: in saying: "Producing a movie with Lindsay Lohan is not for the faint of heart."
The 26-year-old actress - who was barred earlier this year from Hollywood's storied Chateau Marmont, where she stayed while filming Liz and Dick -- has been trying to rebuild her life after a series of run-ins with the law.
After a promising career as a child star in The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday, she has become more famous for drug problems that have led to several prison stays.
In March, a Los Angeles judge formally ended Lohan's probation after a long string of court appearances, but told her to "stop the nightclubbing" and behave more maturely.
Liz and Dick is due to air on 25 November on the Lifetime channel in the United States.
24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.
A nurse found hanging after a prank call from two Australian radio presenters about Kate Middleton's first pregnancy blamed herself for the embarrassing release of intimate details of the duchess's condition. Read More »
Outlaw Pete singer Bruce Springsteen has written a children's book based on the opening ballad of his 2009 album Working on a Dream. Read More »
Ready for the Daisies!
Sunnies and beer!
Rocking the Daisies!
A candid quickie!
Pretoria City CentreNew East Consulting Services (Pty) LtdR5 000 - R35 000 Per Month
Pretoria NorthNew East Consulting Services (Pty) LtdR5 000 - R28 000 Per Month
SandtonNew East Consulting Services (Pty) LtdR5 000 - R28 000 Per Month
TownhousesR 1 290 000
HousesR 4 400 000
HousesR 1 485 000