Big Little Lies: Season 1 Reviews

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October 22, 2019
It's brash, funny, subversive, bittersweet, and heartbreaking, like a season of The Real Housewives rewritten by Todd Haynes and then performed by a cadre of talented actresses each, in their distinctive way, holding nothing back.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 27, 2019
It's a well-acted and mostly well-written production though, and at a brisk 7 episodes, there's little time for things to drag. Just be prepared to roll your eyes a handful of times in between marvelling at most of the good stuff.
August 6, 2019
The first season of Big Little Lies was maybe the best thing to happen to television in the past five years.
July 31, 2019
A disturbingly clear-sighted satire of aspiration, competitive parenting and social perfectionism.
June 3, 2019
It's a smart take on the whodunit classic.
June 3, 2019
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.
June 3, 2019
Happily ever after? That turned out to be the biggest little lie of them all.
June 3, 2019
What I took away from the finale is that there are some lies that must be shared, some burdens that can only be relieved by a mutually-understanding community.
June 2, 2019
Big Little Lies will have you making up crazy theories from the very start. A great crime drama that will keep you on your toes throughout the whole season!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 31, 2019
[Big Little Lies] appears to be a sharper, smarter version of American Beauty, one that's a little lighter on its feet and filmed with a wider lens.
May 31, 2019
Big Little Lies features far too many shortcuts and too little self-awareness to pull off this tale of Sad Rich White People Gazing Sadly At The Ocean.
May 31, 2019
Before dismissing this as simply a melodrama about poor rich women, pay attention to the strength of the cast and the non-linear storytelling.
May 31, 2019
The series has a head-turningly heavyweight cast, led by Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. However, this Stepford-esque suburban noir felt a tad derivative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 31, 2019
The remarkable thing about Big Little Lies' final episodes is that it reveals the strength of character of all of these women.
April 12, 2019
An interesting deconstruction of an oceanside dreamscape revolving around strong female characters portrayed by an outstanding group of actresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 25, 2019
It's not often a drama comes along that combines humour and complexity, is filmed like a sun-kissed dream and stars an immense cast of A-listers.
November 3, 2018
True, the story thrives on the petty fights of manners between rich, white women. However, it is best at examining the sinister nature behind all of their feisty zingers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 24, 2018
We view it with a sense of impending doom, our antennae ever on alert for clues. But it also makes for an intoxicating journey.
August 24, 2018
Jean-Marc Vallee the talented Quebec director's keen observational skills and rock and roll sensibility merge with David E. Kelley's script in a complex melodrama.
August 21, 2018
The care and generosity shown to the characters, and the skilled acting that renders them in full flesh, pulled me in.
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