Lindsay Lohan's portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime's "Liz & Dick" has garnered a barrage of criticism. Following Sunday's premiere of the drama, which chronicles the tumultuous relationship between the iconic actress and Richard Burton, social media channels erupted with harsh comments regarding the starlet's lackluster performance.
Entertainment Weekly referred to the film as "an early Christmas present to Lindsay Lohan haters," and countless Twitter posts condemned Lohan's uneven and laughable performance.
"Lindsay Lohan breaks new ground and shows her versatility in 'Liz & Dick' by playing a chain-smoking emotional wreck pill-popping alcoholic." tweeted "The Bachelor" producer Elan Galen.
"New Girl" writer Liz Meriwether tweeted, "Oh my God. I think that was the funniest thing I’ve seen in TV for a while, and I write comedy for television."
The Huffington Post, which sites a "friend" of the actress, reports that Lohan is devestated by the harsh critism of her performance in the film.
But not everyone disapproved of Lindsay's performance. Her father, Michael Lohan, told the outlet that he considers the starlet an "amazing actress."
“Due to the content, I had to step away from a lot of the scenes, but regardless of what some of these so-called critics, who don't have an ounce of talent in their bones, say, Lindsay proved that she is an amazing actress," he said. "This was a different role for her at a difficult time of her life. She still has what it takes to be the Lindsay Lohan that is one of Hollywood’s top actresses.”
Lady Gaga also praised the actress, tweeting, “you did a beautiful job on Liz & Dick, Let no one bring u down, Liz didn't, they always try to knock the greats down a few pegs.”
Though Lohan has been facing increasingly harsh criticism in recent years, she began her career as a respected young actress. Her performance in the 1998 hit "The Parent Trap" and the 2003 comedy "Freaky Friday" earned her praise, as did her work in "Mean Girls" and Robert Altman's 2006 drama "A Prairie Home Companion." Yet since then, the 26-year-old has been bashed for her work in films like the unwatchable 2006 romantic comedy "Just My Luck" and the unintentionally funny 2007 horror flick "I Know Who Killed Me." Aside from her well-received attempt to parody herself in the 2011 satire "Machete," she has continuously struggled to prove herself as an actress.
"Liz & Dick" had been touted as her comeback performance, though it's puzzling why a Lifetime movie would be considered a comeback for a film star.
There's no denying that Lohan's personal struggles have contributed to the demise of her on-screen persona. Since 2006, the star has been arrested multiple times, faced a public battle with drug addiction and acquired a reputation for being difficult to work with.
It may be argued that the demise of Lohan's career began during production of the 2006 film "Georgia Rule" after James G. Robinson, the CEO of Morgan Creek Productions, sent her an open letter condemning her behavior on-set, as well as her inability to keep to the productions'a schedule.
Lohan's career shows little sign of improving. The actress is set to star in the erotic thriller "The Canyons," opposite porn star James Deen. The film has already generated a degree of negative publicity since the film's screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis tweeted his frustration with Lohan following her failure to keep to the film's post-production schedule.
In September, the New York Post reported that Lohan's poor work ethic was "scaring" producers on the upcoming "Scary Movie 5."