Lindsay Lohan Slammed by Critics for her Portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor

NEW YORK | Sunday, November 18th, 2012 8:15pm EDT

LiLo was slammed for her portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor, as critics describe it as “wooden” and “inadvertently hysterical” performance.

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Reviews certainly don’t like the actress’s comeback performance in Liz & Dick, a Lifetime TV production about Elizabeth Taylor in which she plays the eponymous role. Photo: Thompson Productions, Inc.

Lindsay Lohan’s performance as Elizabeth Taylor in ‘Liz & Dick’ has been highly slammed by the critics who have called it ‘half train wreck, half SNL skit’.

One of the gentler revies comes from her hometown newspaper of Newsday. “Lohan’s no Taylor (not that anyone is or ever could be),” notes the reviewer.

However, even he slams Lohan, writing: “But poor Linds doesn’t stand a chance. As seen here, her skills are rudimentary – made rustier by a long absence and a lot of other extra-curricular activities.”

“She delivers lines dutifully, competently, and at times woodenly, but she also looks like someone who has to think about what she has to say before she says it.”

Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter claims that the actress has only through make-up and wardrobe inspired even the slightest resemblance of Taylor.

The writer went on, adding that Lohan’s version of the legendary actress is “unbearably hilarious” and it’s an “instant classic of unintentional hilarity”.

“Lohan as Taylor was a bad idea in the dramatic sense, but it’s pure genius both for marketing and for belly laughs and drinking games,” he said.

Unconvinced by Lohan’s performance, Goodman slams producers for casting the blonde in the lead role.

“Luckily, you can’t take your eyes off of Lohan playing Taylor, which the producers clearly thought would work because they share similar backstories,” Goodman added.

Lindsay Lohan is known rather for her problems than her acting ability these days – but producers took a risk and cast her anyway, The Sun writes.

And executive producer Larry Thompson is sure that the gamble has paid off – although he may be the only one.

He told reporters last week: “Overall, my gosh, relative to the performance we got and the movie we were able to make because of her, the pain was worth the pleasure.”

Thompson added: “The audience is going to benefit from the risk we took and the reward that was gained.”

The 26-year-old had fought hard for the role after two-year break in her Hollywood carrier during which she spent three months at the Betty Ford rehab clinic and was charged with stealing a necklace and violating her probation by failing to perform her community service, informs The Telegraph.

Lohan has previously said of her role in the movie: “I fought to get the role in Liz & Dick because I related to her so much because of her position in the public eye and the media obsession with her, and the ups and downs in her relationships and life. And that’s aside from her love for diamonds!”

The actress started her carrier in childhood as a fashion model and soon she appeared in her first film at 11.

Taylor, who died last year at the age of 79, made her first film when she was nine years old. Two of her eight marriages were to Burton, the Welsh screen heart-throb with whom she also co-starred 11 times on screen.

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