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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 to get what she wants.
Roger EbertFull Review Good "Lady Macbeth” has the refined, pleasing trappings of a tasteful period piece with the vicious, beating heart of a brutal psychological thriller. You can't stop watching its beauty, even as you long to look away from its cruelty.
Rolling StoneFull Review Very Good ...even when Oldroyd loses his directorial grip, Pugh is there to make things right. Not many young actress have that sort of power to command the screen as if by divine right. She dives deep into this terrifically twisted, erotic thriller and makes it matter.
Rex ReedFull Review Average The burning passions and idle mind of a 19th century kept woman can, when unchallenged, turn dangerous— in this case, profoundly homicidal. Between sips of tea, Lady Macbeth upshifts from a bleak portrait of an unhappy place to an odd hybrid of Downton Abbey and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
Slant MagazineFull Review Poor It isn't, however, until its final moments that Lady Macbeth turns into the kind of meaningless, mean-spirited, and proudly irredeemable non-character study...
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