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Lady Macbeth

  • Starring: Cosmo Jarvis, Florence Pugh, Naomi Ackie, Paul Hilton
  • Director: William Oldroyd
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 89 min.

Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. 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.

"One of the best, and most surprising, films of the year."
- David Sims, The Atlantic
"A fascinating portrait of empowerment gone awry."
- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A haunting, angry vision of feminine rebellion."
- Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
"Oldroyd captures our gaze with every frame and doesn’t balk at the story’s more shocking sections. He means to shake us and does. "
- Jordan Ruimy, The Film Stage
"Superbly acted and executed, this spare piece of storytelling marks an assertive feature debut for theatre and opera director William Oldroyd."
- Jonathan Romney, Screen International
"Florence Pugh announces herself as a major talent to watch in William Oldroyd's impressively tough-minded Victorian tragedy."
- Variety
"With no score and zero levity, Lady Macbeth maintains a constant atmospheric dread. Oldroyd crafts a masterful sense of uncertainty about how far Katherine will go to preserve her dominance. "
- Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"Newcomer Florence Pugh is like a lightning bolt, totally electric as Katherine, who’s up there with Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina in the literary heroine stakes. "
- Cath Clarke, Time Out London
"The strength of the performances and the audacity of the subject matter are enough to keep Lady Macbeth riveting, with increasingly claustrophobic mise en scène and a breathlessly still soundtrack ."
- Katie Rife, AV Club
"Newcomer Florence Pugh, in a performance that will soon be legendary, dives deep into this terrifically twisted, erotic thriller and makes it matter."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Shot with unsparing coldness, 'Lady Macbeth' is a disturbing character study and dark moral meditation. And like the blood on its namesake's hands, it's not easily washed out."
- Top Critic Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
"An impressively stark, narratively ruthless Victorian chamber piece that feels about as modern as its crinolines will permit, William Oldroyd’s pristine debut feature slowly reveals a violent moral ambiguity that needles the mind far longer than its polite period-piece trappings suggest. "
- Guy Lodge, Variety