LINDSAY Lohan has been involved in yet another crash -- this time unrelated to drink driving.
She has crashed and burned, according to American arts critics, with her "train wreck" portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor in the movie Liz & Dick.
Lohan (26) was making her acting comeback after stints in jail and rehab by appearing in the made-for-television film about British-born Hollywood icon Taylor and her tempestuous relationship with Richard Burton.
But critics have panned Lohan, who stars opposite Kiwi actor Grant Bowler (44) in the film.
The Hollywood Reporter branded it "half train wreck, half SNL skit" and called Lohan's performance "woeful".
It said the film was "both an awful mess and an instant classic of unintentional hilarity."
The New York Daily News writes: "It's tempting to say the movie's big problem is that Lohan is no Liz Taylor. And she isn't -- though that's not entirely her fault.
"There aren't all that many actresses, or women, who can stop a room simply by walking into it," it writes.
Newsday's verdict was that Lohan "delivers lines dutifully, competently and at times woodenly" but it thought she was close to "sleepwalking" through the role.
Not all the reviews were stinkers, however.
Variety described the film as "actually pretty good, all things considered".
Much has been made by critics (and by the filmmakers) of the similar backgrounds of the two actresses Lohan and Taylor, both of whom started their careers as children and went on to have very public break-ups and live troubled lifestyles.
Lohan appeared in her first film aged 11.
Her co-star Bowler feels she was a "natural fit" to play Taylor because of this.