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Lizzie Borden Took an Ax
  • NR
  • 1h 40m
  • 2014
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A sweltering hot day in Massachusetts, 1892, is pierced by the brutal double murder of Mr. and Mrs. Borden that would stun the nation. Lizzie (Christina Ricci), a wholesome Sunday school teacher and Mr. Borden's youngest daughter, quickly becomes the prime suspect. Now, as her lawyer Andrew Jennings (Billy Campbell) proclaims her innocence, the original good-girl-gone-bad will stand trial in one of the most gripping, gruesome mysteries of all time. Her name will forever live in infamy and the eerie children's rhyme will continue to haunt those that know the story, but the truth is anything but clear.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

New York Daily News
David Hinckley

The movie itself apparently isn't sure the murders themselves are lurid enough. So it adds a few t...

June 22, 2017
Los Angeles Times
Mary McNamara

The movie ends on such a note as to cause the audience to wonder how long it will take before "A,"...

June 22, 2017
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Gail Pennington

It's slow and heavy-handed, tedious almost throughout. An average episode of Oxygen's Snapped isn'...

June 22, 2017
Diane Werts

Lizzie Borden takes an ax to many assumptions -- including the one that Lifetime movies aren't wor...

June 22, 2017
New York Post
Michael Starr

Lizzie comes across more as a whiny, moody teen than a psychotic murderess, and Ricci is much-too-...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Brutal murders, courtroom drama in historical drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lizzie Borden Took an Ax is about a famous historical murder, which is shown repeatedly onscreen. The grisly murders are shot horror-movie style, with a flashing ax, splattering blood, and scary music. The violence is particularly disturbing because it occurs within a family; this is the stuff of a young child's nightmares. The mutilated bodies of both Andrew and Abby Borden are shown repeatedly during the movie. A large portion of Lizzie Borden is also spent in the courtroom; young viewers would swiftly grow bored watching talky testimony. In short, this one is not for young watchers, but mature teens may find the subject matter compelling -- just hope it doesn't give them any ideas.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Made-for-TV Movie, Crime, Biopic, Thriller
  • Release Date:January 25, 2014
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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