Critic Consensus: Smart and stylish, "Somebody's Dead" introduces the intoxicatingly soapy delights of life in Monterey.
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Critic reviews for Somebody's Dead
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.
Big Little Lies is the prestige drama version of a soap opera. It's Desperate Housewives mixed with The Night Of. It's this-close-to-shallow TV that you can still feel good about watching.
That combination of high-quality work surrounding a slightly dishy, soapy, and even vaguely satirical plotline is what's making this show so much fun for us right out of the gate.
Reese Witherspoon's performance as the queen of Monterey's mean girl contingent is delicious, as is Kidman's dangerously brittle Celeste. And thematically, I'm interested to see the heft it brings in future episodes.
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