Big Little Lies: Season 2 Reviews

April 19, 2021
Characterization trumps plot twists every time, and the series is better for it. Above all else, the show explores the pain that families inflict on one another.
March 15, 2021
Big Little Lies' depiction of domestic violence and trauma is so powerful precisely because it allows its leads to be more than victims, more than wives, more than mothers.
March 15, 2021
Yet for all the series' careful, at times heartrending attention to the nuances of trauma, misogyny, and emotional dissatisfaction, the distinctive pleasure of Big Little Lies also resides in its soapiness.
July 18, 2020
Creating a second season was risky business. But fortunately, it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 26, 2020
The flattening of previously full characters may be the biggest loss of this season.
December 13, 2019
The final episode seems to emerge from a lack of ideas about how to get these five women together again in the same room. It just doesn't work. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 23, 2019
A lot feels unrealistic here. Celeste is in therapy, but her kids, who are fighting all the time, are not. And characters drop lines that underline their every feeling, as if the audience wouldn't get it otherwise.
August 26, 2019
It's a great revisit to these gang of powerful women undergoing scrutiny for something necessary. Wonderful additions and a light story are enough for a new season. [Full review in Spanish].
August 6, 2019
As the fans thirst for a THIRD season of this show, I beg them (and the powers that be at HBO) to please let it end. One season was amazing, two seasons was questionable, a third would be a downright terrible idea.
July 26, 2019
HBO, determined to win some more Emmys, and replicate the lighting-in-a-bottle brilliance that was season one, made a season that fails to justify its existence.
July 25, 2019
Forget Mies van der Rohe. Sometimes you have to listen to Cecil B. DeMille. In other words, less isn't always more; sometimes only more is more.
July 24, 2019
If a little disappointing in terms of story, the second season of Big Little Lies was consistently invigorating through the power of its cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 23, 2019
Season two's biggest shortcoming is the way it prioritized Mary-Louise at the expense of Bonnie.
July 23, 2019
A melodrama that didn't have the courage to go the full camp; that puttered and faltered and finally fell over the Californian cliffs and into the sea.
July 22, 2019
It was the mother of all TV blockbuster finales, with one explosive secret revealed after another.
July 22, 2019
Though the actresses on the series did a tremendous job with the often underwritten material they were given, the series did not deliver on the promises it set up in Season One.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.6/10
July 22, 2019
"If we do a season two, we'll break that beautiful thing and spoil it." - Jean-Marc Vallée, director, Big Little Lies season 1.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 20, 2019
Season two wasn't unwatchable; in fact, despite many nonsensical developments, it was compelling because of the returning cast plus Streep... [But] it did need saving.
July 18, 2019
With more empathetic writing, Bonnie could have been the emotional anchor of season two.
July 15, 2019
You don't hire a director like Arnold, with a distinct visual style, say that's what you want, and then edit it to be unrecognizable.