- Liza Soberano makes her Hollywood debut with the horror-comedy film “Lisa Frankenstein”
- Hollywood critics gave the movie mixed reviews but were unanimous in praising Liza’s performance as Taffy Swallows
- They commended Liza’s sense of humor and the way she portrayed goodness in an entertaining way
- Furthermore, some of the critics also commented that Liza’s future in Hollywood is bright
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Filipino-American actress Liza Soberano, famous in the Philippines, made her Hollywood debut with the horror-comedy movie “Lisa Frankenstein,” starring Kathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse and directed by Zelda Williams.
The movie has been receiving mixed reviews on Rotten Tomatoes from Hollywood critics with a 53% critic score as of this writing. However, the top critics are unanimous in singing praises for Liza Soberano’s performance as Taffy Swallows, a cheerleader and the stepsister of the main character.
The critics praised Liza’s sense of humor and the way she portrayed goodness in an entertaining way. They also commented that Liza’s future in Hollywood is bright.
Here are some of the Hollywood critics’ reviews:
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From Deadline: “Soberano, as Taffy delivers her lines with a humor that, whether by design or by accident, adds a quirky charm to the story. Her portrayal injects a dose of levity, highlighting the film’s campy sensibilities amidst its darker moments.”
From LA Times: “But the breakout star and true discovery of “Lisa Frankenstein” is Soberano, who has a real gift for imbuing Cody’s famously clever and convoluted dialogue with a sincerity that elevates the character beyond an ironic archetype as she morphs from mean teen to scream queen. In fact, Soberano might be too good in the role — she’s so charming and sympathetic that there’s an emotional domino effect that exposes some problems with the script.”
From USA Today: “though the movie’s breakout gem is Soberano, who brings scene-stealing verve as the protective Taffy gets caught up in her sibling’s shady business.”
From Mashable: “Then there’s Soberano, who nearly steals the show. Because Taffy is pretty, peppy, and popular, teen movies have trained us to hate her. But Soberano complicates matters by making Taffy a undeniable delight. Though the character seem like a throwback bimbo, Cody's script has a sexpositive and empathetic approach that embraces this smiling stepsister into the sisterhood of misfit teens. She may not be a weirdo, but generously offering her wardrobe, her optimism, and her tanning bed, Taffy is more than just an ally or plot device. While the romance between Lisa and the Creature gets daffy and deranged, it is unexpectedly this big-hearted cheerleader who keeps the film's stakes grounded. As Lisa Frankenstein frolics into a truly bonkers third act, a single long shot of Taffy's reaction lingers on, as do some of Cody's sharpest one-liners.”
From Bloody Disgusting: “Liza Soberano is also a standout. Taffy is a far cry from the stereotypical popular mean girl and winds up becoming a secondary protagonist thanks to Soberano’s winsome portrayal.”
From Collider: “Soberano is the perfect foil for Newton. She’s been thriving in Filipino cinema for years, and it’s not hard to see why. Her comedic timing and delivery are phenomenal, and she’s able to bring vulnerability and sincerity to every scene, even when the material she has to say would look completely out-of-pocket and callous on paper. The sisterhood between Lisa and Taffy is a highlight of the film, running the gambit from sibling rivalry to forming an unexpected but affecting bond. In lesser hands, Taffy could be a stereotype — a one-dimensional character we’ve seen hundreds of times — but Soberano puts a refreshing spin on her, giving her real depth and scene-stealing moments.
From San Francisco Chronicle: “The only thing to take from the wreckage of “Lisa Frankenstein” is the performance of Soberano, in her Hollywood debut. She finds comedy in a weak script and radiates goodness without being boring. Let’s hope she has better movies in her future.”
Liza Soberano is a Fil-Am actress, singer, endorser, and model. She has starred in various TV series and movies, which include 'Forevermore,' 'Dolce Amore,' and 'Bagani,' among others. The actress left her home talent center, ABS-CBN’s Star Magic, to pursue a career in Hollywood.
Recently, Liza came out as an absolute stunner as she attended Lisa Frankenstein's premiere in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. She joined the movie's lead stars Kathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse, director Zelda Williams, and screenwriter Diablo Cody at the event. Several videos and photos of Liza attending the premiere night also made the rounds on social media. Numerous netizens then gushed over the Filipino-American actress's look while gracing the red carpet.
In another interview published on the social media channel of Universal Pictures Philippines, admitted that one of her inspirations is international star Dolly de Leon. It was Dolly herself who asked the question about Liza's excitement over her break into Hollywood. She explained that when the trailer of the movie dropped, she felt as though a thorn had been taken off her chest. The actress also said that she is proud that she is part of a community trying to represent the Philippines in the international movie scene.
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