Tell Tale Hearts
Big Little Lies Season 2



Critic Ratings: 25
Critics Consensus

Familial ties slowly unbind in this exceptionally well-written episode.

Episode Info

Renata faces an uncertain future when Gordon lands in legal trouble. Corey asks Jane out on a "practice" date. After a challenging therapy session with Dr. Reisman, Celeste opens up to Mary Louise about her relationship with Perry. Bonnie's mom Elizabeth arrives. Ed confronts Madeline about her secrets.


Reese Witherspoon
as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
Nicole Kidman
as Celeste Wright
James Tupper
as Nathan Carlson
Zoë Kravitz
as Bonnie Carlson
Jeffrey Nordling
as Gordon Klein
Ivy George
as Amabella Klein
Laura Dern
as Renata Klein
Adam Scott
as Ed Mackenzie
Darby Camp
as Chloe Mackenzie
Meryl Streep
as Mary Louise Wright
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Critic Reviews for Tell Tale Hearts

Big Little Lies is at once a soap opera and a sitcom and a gimlet-gazed commentary on capitalism and its consequences. But the show is also, humming at its lower registers, a work of horror.

Jun 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Even as the characters are looking back on the mistakes they made in Season One, it feels more like the show is moving forward, and it offers one dynamite scene after another.

Jun 17, 2019 | Full Review…

This tale of rich American housewives and the boulders beneath the apparently tranquil surfaces of their comfortable lives is just superbly written.

Jun 18, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Episode 2, Tell-Tale Hearts, makes it very clear their guilty consciences or other distressing emotional issues will manifest in problems both little and big.

Jun 17, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Now that the plot is shining light after light on the secrets and lies that held everyone's lives together, the final scene of Season 1 feels like a naive fantasy compared to the consequences and fallout.

Jun 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Big Little Lies is bringing us so many different portrayals of motherhood, both good and bad, and I can't wait for more.

Jun 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

...delightful melodrama...

Jun 28, 2019 | Full Review…

While the overarching season lie gets more difficult to hold onto the longer Mary Louise is within the orbit of any of the Monterey Five, it's the less significant fibs that are threatening to tear everyone apart.

Jun 17, 2019 | Rating: 4.0/5.0 | Full Review…

This second season is thankfully not a rinse and repeat of the first outing and is becoming much more of a thoughtful look at the lasting effects of trauma.

Dec 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Laura Dern is simply amazing to behold; the human embodiment of barely suppressed rage.

Jun 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Secrets, it turns out, are a hard thing to keep, particularly when they're in the hands of 9-year-olds who know, ambitiously, 40 total people. But, like a dead man's heart thumping beneath the floorboards-ah, c'mon, you get it.

Jun 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Apparently Big Little Lies' Season 2 premiere episode was simply an amuse bouche of the life and times of the Monterey Five, because Episode 2 is giving us the whole meal.

Jun 17, 2019 | Full Review…