(LOS ANGELES) -- By now it's well known that most reviewers sharpened their knives for Lindsay Lohan's turn as Elizabeth Taylor in the much-talked-about Lifetime movie Liz & Dick.
What was meant to be a career comeback for Lohan was dismissed by The Hollywood Reporter, for example, as ''a lost Saturday Night Live skit," and Lohan's performance was labeled "woeful."
Now, it seems those critical barbs have hit home for the troubled star.
"Lindsay is devastated," an unnamed friend reportedly told the Huffington Post. "She has got used to all the negative press around her personal life but this is the first time she has experienced it about her work. No matter how bad things were going for her personally, everyone would always agree that she was a great actress."
Her estranged dad Michael Lohan threw his support behind his daughter, however, telling the Post, “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. This was a different role for her at a difficult time of her life.”
The film drew a solid, albeit unspectacular, audience for its premiere on Sunday night, averaging 3.5 million viewers. Lifetime notes it was the fourth-most-watched original movie premiere on ad-supported cable in 2012, trailing three other projects the network aired earlier in the year.
Liz & Dick's ratings didn't come close to that of Lifetime's Steel Magnolias remake, which debuted last month to 6.5 million viewers.
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