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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
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
Ivy George
as Annabella Klein
P.J. Byrne
as Principal Nippal
Virginia Kull
as Ms. Barnes
Robin Weigert
as Dr. Amanda Reisman
Santiago Cabrera
as Joseph Bachman
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All Critics (95) | Top Critics (38)

As Big Little Lies dazzles you with twisty, dramatic coastlines along the Pacific, it will turn your stomach with its characters' warped marriages, Zen affectations, and blind privilege.

February 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Kidman is most effective in prolonged scenes with her therapist, during which she progresses from denial to a growing self-awareness. But the most affecting performance is by Woodley as Jane, who's lovingly raised her son while also battling her demons.

February 16, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Moral superiority often hides personal insecurity. It's not a new theme or even a particularly daring one, but Big Little Lies offers a modern take that is consistently engaging and artistically rewarding.

February 16, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Yes, it can be mean, and yes, superficial, and yes, a little draggy (almost a whole episode about a kids' party, really?). But the cast is fabulous, and the script by Kelly sparkles. A winner.

February 15, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Big Little Lies is a series built to be as entertaining as it is enlightening, and they've pulled off both feats with great zeal.

February 6, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Just because it's well-acted doesn't mean Big Little Lies is worth enduring.

February 17, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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An extraordinary series whose only defect is a less than 100% satisfying conclusion. Nonetheless, this is stunning filmmaking with a cast that is beyond stellar. Highly recommended for people who like intense relationship dramas.


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