Critic Consensus: There are no easy answers in "You Get What You Need," but the finale does right by its talented ensemble in more ways than one.
as Celeste Wright
as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
as Perry Wright
as Renata Klein
as Ed Mackenzie
as Bonnie Carlson
as Nathan Carlson
as Gordon Klein
as Amabella Klein
as Chloe Mackenzie
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Critic reviews for You Get What You Need
It's too messy to be a mega-happy ending, and a super-dark ending would have been mean to the audience. You can't always get what you want.
In a tense, thrilling final episode that's so all-around good that it can be forgiven for crafting an ending that, at times, feels a little too neat.
Big Little Lies succeeded so well as a series because of the commitment to telling these stories and because of the astonishingly good work by the actresses telling it.
All in all, the finale was packed with the appropriate tension and fun red herrings that fit the show perfectly and made for an incredibly satisfying conclusion.
The hour was designed to scare you, to gnaw at your emotions, to keep you in a heightened, tense state; after watching it, I was emotionally spent.
Big Little Lies had the audacity to examine mothering, divorce, infidelity, domestic violence, and the fractious divide between working and stay-at-home moms. And it did it with a generosity and kindness not usually afforded characters like this.
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