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235 Ratings

Lady Macbeth

Directed by William Oldroyd
United Kingdom, 2016


Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing.

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Lady Macbeth Directed by William Oldroyd

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  • chanandre's rating of the film Lady Macbeth

    This has got to be one of the year's finest films. Totally took me by surprise. I thought - going in - this was gonna be another misogyny fest à la The Salesman/Brimstone where she'd be objectified and punished because she's woman. Not at all. She turns the tables around. Becomes empowered and savante and displays a cunning (almost Fincheresque) demeanor to get everything she wants: love and caring. She winds up ▽

  • Ethan's rating of the film Lady Macbeth

    Florence Pugh gives an incredible performance in this gripping thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through and has the feeling of Hitchcock meets Lars von Trier. This film also moves so fluidly that you will feel every emotion without even realizing it.

  • José Neves's rating of the film Lady Macbeth

    Digital. Although sometimes there's a schematic "realism" à la Andrea Arnold ("Wuthering Heights" mostly, by the period and geography), the director's theatrical training allows it to overlap a collection of freaks effects and resists a staged idea of the scene, which keeps the interest of the film - as the reiteration of the protagonist's immutability with different meanings accordingly to action.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Lady Macbeth

    Sharp, austere, darkly comic and completely gripping - this is an acerbic character study and enthralling adaptation of Nikolai Leskov's 1865 novel 'Lady Mabeth of Mtensk District', which bares allusions to Shakespeare's eponymous tragedy.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Lady Macbeth

    Theatrical director William Oldroyd makes a bold feature debut here with an adaptation of Leskov's 'Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District' resetting the tale in Victorian England. Florence Pugh gives a ferocious performance here well supported by the ensemble especially Naomi Ackie (Anna) and Christopher Fairbank (the father-in-law). Oldroyd's control in his construction of images is well evident.

  • Jason's rating of the film Lady Macbeth

    There is a glimmer of something truly worthy here. Sadly (and oh so distastefully), what would appear to be a movie about the oppression and suppression of women quickly devolves into an inelegant misogynistic freakshow. Florence Pugh is a poor actress wholly ill-fitted to the period, but is hardly alone here in seeming like an awkward party guest suddenly given lines to deliver. A clumsy masquerade, deeply ugly.

  • Carlos Filipe Freitas's rating of the film Lady Macbeth

    Unusual, uncomfortable, austere, and tragic, this drama film will likely give you the bitterest taste you’ve had this year in the movie theaters.

  • Omnibus1's rating of the film Lady Macbeth

    A brutal film about power. About systemic power and personal power. I don't think this is a misogynistic film; those accusations seemingly arose from it sideswiping a lot of liberal audience member's pat expectations (judging by some of the comments I heard leaving a very middle class 'art' cinema). Come the end, consider who rises to 'the top' and why.