'Flowers in the Attic' on Lifetime Gets Poor Reviews From Critics

Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 10:25 AM

By Clyde Hughes

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Critics say Lifetime's portrayal of V.C. Andrews' best-selling novel "Flowers in the Attic," which premiered Saturday, has a poorly written screenplay and "lackluster" production.

The novel about a dysfunctional family confined to the attic by an evil grandmother that leads to incest between a teenage brother and sister flopped as a movie back in 1987, according to Variety. At the time, writers decided to tread lightly on the potentially controversial subject. 

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"Lacking either the Gothic atmosphere that could have transformed trashy material into something truly chilling or an over-the-top camp factor that would've ensured a lowbrow guilty pleasure, 'Flowers' has to rely on a mix of nostalgia and curiosity to draw in viewers, or risk seeing plans for an already-in-development sequel wither on the vine," Variety reported.

Before it came out, there was buzz surrounding the "Flowers in the Attic" adaptation, which featured "Mad Men" star Kiernan Shipka and big screen talent Heather Graham. 

"(Did) it live up to expectations? Sadly, the answer is no," The Huffington Post said in their review. "The acting is flat and the movie (directed by Deborah Chow), while aesthetically pleasing, keeps on dragging on and on until you wonder why you were so excited to watch it in the first place.

"Lifetime felt so confident that it had a winner on its hands that it has already green-lit a second movie, an adaption of the book's sequel, 'Petals on the Wind.' Perhaps they should have waited until reviews of the first came out," the review continued.

The New York Daily News' reviewer was disappointed with the script, but said the performances were pretty good, especially from Shipka. 

"The real intrigue, which the actors convey better than the scriptwriters, is the effect this has on Christopher and Cathy," the review said. "'Mad Men' fans will want to watch just for Shipka, who plays Sally Draper on the AMC show. Her performance here on the whole is quite good — excellent in some spots, serviceable in others. If she returns for the sequel, which A&E has already commissioned, here’s hoping she gets a little more script support."

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved