Big Little Lies: Season 1 Reviews

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July 31, 2019
A disturbingly clear-sighted satire of aspiration, competitive parenting and social perfectionism.
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.
December 27, 2017
David E Kelley's new series might seem like a lifestyle soap at times, casually flaunting the interior designs and deluxe wood-fire patio heaters, but there's a dead body too and, unlike Housewives, a truthful ring of quiet desperation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 29, 2017
However saccharine the images of the women and their kids playing on the beach may be, they are fully earned.
June 28, 2017
Let me ask you a question. Would you like a series that has everything? Good. Because it is, emphatically, HERE.
April 7, 2017
This one bucks the trend. So yes, give us lies. Give us Big Little Lies.
April 4, 2017
Writer David E. Kelley and director Jean-Marc Valle turn up the dial on the tension with such careful deliberateness that it's impossible to feel any way other than on edge while watching.
April 4, 2017
A solution to a mystery is easy enough; depicting the coming-together of an unlikely community, and making us feel for each member, is hard and worthwhile.
April 3, 2017
The murder mystery itself was the weakest element of Big Little Lies, though it was probably necessary to get the show made. Even on HBO, even in the age of Peak TV, you still need an excuse, a hook, in order to tell dramatic stories about domestic life.
March 31, 2017
An intriguing mystery, a stonking cast and a poignant performance by Reese Witherspoon look like making Big Little Lies appointment viewing for the next couple of months.
March 30, 2017
Kelley's scripts are excellent ... But director Jean-Marc Valle elevates the material even further with cinematic artistry.
March 24, 2017
Kelley continually pens revelatory scenes for his actresses, who wring them for all the pain and truth they're worth.
March 20, 2017
In a busy, overstuffed, frankly irritating opening episode, general puzzlement wasn't abated by the fact that the murder mystery included the mystery of who'd actually been murdered.
March 14, 2017
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman star in this fabulous adaptation of Liane Moriarty's bestseller, which goes beyond Desperate Housewives territory with a satisfying darkness.
February 27, 2017
Generous to its characters, even those who begin as clichs, the series becomes a reflection on trauma; at its best moments, it makes risky observations, especially about the dynamics of domestic abuse.
February 21, 2017
This is "Very, Very Desperate Housewives," at least on the surface. But the top-notch cast keeps the mystery simmering.
February 21, 2017
Gorgeously shot, neatly directed and beautifully acted from start to finish, Big Little Lies is an achievement in almost every way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 21, 2017
Too bad its uptightness gets in the way of its potential for pleasure - even that of the guilty variety.
February 21, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 17, 2017
The characters inspire first our envy, then our pity, at intervals so precise you could time them with a stopwatch.
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