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The Lonely Lady

R 1983 1h 32m Drama List
0% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 25% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
A successful screenwriter shocks everyone by telling exactly how she reached the top during a televised award ceremony. Read More Read Less

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Time Out [A] sleazy little yarn. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times If The Lonely Lady had even a shred of style and humor, it could qualify as the worst movie of the year. Unfortunately, it's not that good. Rated: 0.5/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Janet Maslin New York Times You've got to say this much for Miss Zadora: she's got spunk. Aug 30, 2004 Full Review David Keyes This may be the most shamelessly evasive drama ever written. Rated: 0.5/4 Apr 23, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A true candidate for one of the worst films ever. Rated: D Apr 1, 2015 Full Review Joe Leydon The Moving Picture Show A relentlessly stupid, consistently unconvincing piece of hack work. Worse still, it's not even good, overproduced trash. Jul 21, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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Jeff M This is an absolutely impossible movie for me to review in any reasonable manner. It is horrendous on every conceivable level. I mean shockingly, shockingly bad. Laughable dialogue, inept direction, the unsexiest sex scenes in the history of cinema. AND YET, watching it again recently for the first time in at least a decade, I had the absolute time of my life. And it brought back memories of my pre-teen self sneaking out in the living room after bedtime to catch it on HBO. Zadora's performance is immortal - you can tell the poor thing is giving it all she's got, but how this got past the editing room is a miracle to end all miracles. It really must be seen to be believed. (If you're easily offended, the Blu-Ray also offers a tamer network television version that was obviously recorded off of someone's VCR.) Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/24 Full Review Audience Member The Lonely Lady is pretty bad in all ways imaginable. The editing by Keith Palmer was pretty pathetic. The make-up was absurd. Especially since Jerilee Randall (Pia Zadora) was still in the hospital covered up in blood after being attacked (at no point did anyone bother to wipe away the blood). The directing by Peter Sasdy was questionable. The acting from Pia Zadora, Lloyd Bochner, Anthony Holland were wooden. To top it all off, the writing was absolutely horrendous from the beginning to the end and you can blame John Kershaw and Shawn Randall on that one. Even in one scene where Jerilee decides to re-write a script to improved dialogue for a certain scene and that scene had a widow cry out "Why". That's just nauseating and lazy writing. Here's a coincidence, I cried out "why" as well after seeing this nonstop barrage of visual, verbal, and cinematic garbage that people call The Lonely Lady. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member It is ehh at best. Shockingly not the worst movie I ever saw. Now that would be the dukes of hazard movie from the 2000s... THAT was bad. Casting Pia wasn't the best idea and maybe a script rewrite could improve the movie. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member To sum up this movie calmly and appropriately, The Lonely Lady is by far the crowning achievement of absolute horridness. However, as horrendous as the movie is, it was a blast to see how ludicrously laughably bonkers it got. Jerilee (Pia Zadora) is an aspiring screenwriter wanting to make it big in Hollywood, but her leap to success requires her to hop from bed to bed with producers, writers, and directors. Forgetting the fact that we never see what her literature or screenplays are about, this lady has some serious psychological issues. First of all, Jerilee gets raped and assaulted by Joe (Ray Liotta) with a garden hose and quickly marries Walter (Lloyd Bochner), which inspires some screwed up Lolita business, considering she must be at least in her teenage years (and the movie never mentions her age). Second, her husband freaks out over a tiny rewrite for a movie, so they divorce and she sleeps with another man (Anthony Holland) for revenge. Third, she gets pregnant and gets an abortion, which by the way, bitch delivery, lady. Fourth, instead of running home to San Fernando Valley and staying with her mother (Bibi Besch), this dumbass continues to prostitute herself for her quest to fame. Lastly, Jerilee has a mental breakdown, which sends her to a mental hospital, but that doesn't stop her from happily rewriting her screenplay and winning an award for it. Talk about suspension of disbelief, I disbelieved her journey into the entertainment business and howled with laughter at the absurd feminist contrivance and inconsistent character flaws. (1 Ray Liotta's Garden Hose out of 5) Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Pia Zadora built a career on her singing talents. Lucky she didn't rely solely on her acting. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Such a sleazy, tasteless piece of crap that is so bad it's beautiful. It's hard to make a film that is just wrong on every level but Peter Sasdy pulls it off. f you are bored with Showgirls, track this down on VHS and pray for a blu ray release with commentary someday. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A successful screenwriter shocks everyone by telling exactly how she reached the top during a televised award ceremony.
Peter Sasdy
Robert R. Weston
Original Language
Release Date (DVD)
Jun 13, 2017
1h 32m