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Big Little Lies: Miniseries (2017)



Critic Consensus: Bitingly funny and highly addictive, Big Little Lies is a twisty, thrilling, enlightening ride led by a first-rate cast.


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All is not what it seems in this dark comedy set in an idyllic seaside California town, where success, affluence and privilege are slowly but surely undone by secrets, rivalries, deception and murder. Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley star.


Nicole Kidman
as Celeste Wright
Reese Witherspoon
as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
Laura Dern
as Renata Klein
Adam Scott
as Ed Mackenzie
Zoë Kravitz
as Bonnie Carlson
James Tupper
as Nathan Carlson
Jeffrey Nordling
as Gordon Klein
Kathryn Newton
as Abigail Mackenzie
Iain Armitage
as Ziggy Chapman
P.J. Byrne
as Principal Nippal
Virginia Kull
as Ms. Barnes
Robin Weigert
as Dr. Amanda Reisman
Ivy George
as Annabella Klein
Santiago Cabrera
as Joseph Bachman
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All Critics (74) | Top Critics (35)

You've never seen child actors so beautiful, nor kitchens so vast, not on British television, at any rate. But once your vision has adjusted, it is, I must admit, almost fun.

March 17, 2017 | Full Review…
New Statesman
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This is "Very, Very Desperate Housewives," at least on the surface. But the top-notch cast keeps the mystery simmering.

February 21, 2017 | Full Review…
Detroit Free Press
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Gorgeously shot, neatly directed and beautifully acted from start to finish, Big Little Lies is an achievement in almost every way.

February 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The basic structure is compelling enough -- viewers don't even know who the identity of the murder victim is through much of the series, and the layered performances keep us in flux over who we'd like to kill off, and who we wish would do the killing.

February 21, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Big Little Lies scatters crumbs of the central mystery deftly enough that it hooks you in, demanding your return week after week to ruminate on these questions of parenthood, relationships and power.

February 20, 2017 | Full Review…
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The episode is graceful and kind of hypnotic, and its moments that seem to function in service of over-explanation or sentimentality inevitably end up subverted.

February 20, 2017 | Full Review…
New York Observer
Top Critic

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