By Kat Giantis
A natural disaster swept across America on Sunday night, laying waste to everything in its path. And by "everything," we mean Lindsay Lohan's career comeback, the memory of Elizabeth Taylor, the fine art of acting and the nation's alcohol reserves, which were seriously depleted by the many drinking games inspired by the small-screen catastrophe known as "Liz & Dick."
Now, as the Red Cross hands out coffee to survivors of the Lifetime flick, it seems Lindsay is stunned by the blistering reaction to her performance, which critics called "woeful" and "terrible" (and those were the nice ones).
"Lindsay is devastated by the response to the film," a "close friend" tells 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."
Then again, the last time she received across-the-board rave reviews was for "The Parent Trap," in which she had a far more believable English accent than in "Liz & Dick," but continuing on ...
"Lindsay has already read her own press," chimes in another source. "She knew the script wasn't strong but thought she would bring the role of Elizabeth to life. This is particularly heartbreaking as her acting was the only thing in her life that she knew was real. Now she is doubting that, too."
And with good reason. "The recreated scene from 'Virginia Woolf' is absurd," dinged the San Francisco Chronicle. "It's as though Burton is trading barbs with a 14-year-old boy in drag." The New York Times was equally harsh, describing Lohan as "oddly passive, sleepwalking through scenes that call for passion and caprice. She can't do Taylor's famously candied voice, and doesn't try."
"Lindsay isn't fazed at all by the criticism," maintains a confidant. "She thinks everyone is insanely jealous of her, and like it or not, she was trending on Twitter last night."
What's more, LiLo is supposedly taking advice from -- oy -- Charlie Sheen, who reportedly just bailed her out of a tax jam.
"Lindsay has asked her manager and agent to look into getting her her own television sitcom," an insider tells Radar. "Lindsay feels that the small screen would be a great way for her to revitalize her acting career and that a comedy would be the best bet."
Adds the snitch, "Lindsay feels most comfortable doing comedy, and it was Charlie Sheen that told her she should do it. Charlie told Lindsay that it was an easy way to make very good money and help her to get her movie career back on track. Lindsay is loving the idea of having her own sitcom and would love to play someone in a story based on her crazy life."
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