shirleymclaine_cocochanelreview.jpgUh-oh... this doesn't sound terribly good. The first review of the new made-for-TV biopic, Coco Chanel, starring Shirley MacLaine, have been released and it's not good.

The two-part miniseries for Lifetime has been panned by New York Post critic, Linda Stasi, who is pretty brassed off by its disclaimer of "freely inspired by the truth".

"They should have called it 'freely uninspired' since, after three looong hours of dull, awful, embarrassing dialogue and bad acting, you'll feel that you may never get inspired by anything again," she writes.

As for MacLaine's performance as the 'older' Chanel: "One part is about the younger Chanel at the turn of the century, and everyone has thick accents. And then, every 20 minutes or so, there's an abrupt cut to 1954, where Shirley's Chanel has no accent whatsoever."

"MacLaine doesn't look like she's channeling Chanel - but she is a dead ringer for Brooke Astor in a bad mood."

Deary me... Here's hoping the next film biopic, Coco Avant Chanel, starring Audrey Tautou and Alessandro Nivola, will help to redeem things a little. At least you know that they'll get the accents right.