Little Fires Everywhere: Season 1 Reviews

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March 25, 2020
Elena is thinly drawn as an obviously villainous "white savior" and Witherspoon is repeating her performance from Big Little Lies with less nuance and shading.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 23, 2020
Megan Stott's portrayal of Izzy is dynamic and provoking. Stott brings about a vulnerable and yet fierce side to the character that is intriguing to watch and feels completely believable for teenage rebellion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 23, 2020
While Little Fires Everywhere has its sights set squarely on being a withering takedown of petty suburban class dynamics, it's also remarkably understanding of the people within it.
March 23, 2020
The series isn't as stellar as the best-selling novel it adapts, and Reese was even better in Big Little Lies. Still, it's worth a watch.
March 20, 2020
It's one iconic actress acting against type, and another shading what she does best. For all the imperfections and missteps in adapting the source material, these lead performances are what light the match. It's the fire you tune in to see burn.
March 20, 2020
Hulu trotted out Little Fires Everywhere, an eight-part limited series that attempts to capture the sprawling nature of the source material, but ultimately fails.
March 20, 2020
[It] doesn't seem able to trust Witherspoon to convince viewers to appreciate or like Elena on her own strengths, even though watching [her] paste a sunny smile over a casually terrible statement is the deepest and purest pleasure [It] has to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 19, 2020
"On the nose" casting or not...there's something to be said in very good actresses taking a pitch, right in their wheelhouse, and belting it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 19, 2020
More than Little Fires Everywhere's soapy and somewhat predictable twists and turns, it is the interplay between its two leads that generates the most worthwhile heat.
March 19, 2020
This could have been the second genuinely remarkable series for Hulu. Instead it remains stuck in second gear, with many episodes feeling longer than they are as Elena's upsetting choices endlessly pile on.
March 19, 2020
Fires is basically a two-actress showcase for Witherspoon and Scandal's Kerry Washington. In other words, think of this eight-episode series as Medium Little Lies. But its stars make it very watchable.
March 19, 2020
It's all very well acted by a superb cast that makes the material engaging. Just because it's familiar doesn't mean it loses relevancy or purpose.
March 19, 2020
It's addictive and highly enjoyable, and a tad triggering - but, you know, in a healthy and cleansing kind of way.
March 19, 2020
What do you get when you mix bold storytelling, uncomfortable truths, and vital life lessons with equal parts Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon? Magic. Pure magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.7/5
March 19, 2020
[A] show that deftly dissects which women are afforded the luxury to make choices and to make compromises, and how their lives are shaped by that luxury or the lack of it.
March 19, 2020
It focuses too much on tiresome suburban ennui to be anything more than fleetingly interesting, despite excellent performances from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.
March 18, 2020
Little Fires Everywhere is still compulsively watchable and reasonably well-made. It's only frustrating to see the assembled potential and know it could have been better.
Top Critic
March 18, 2020
This one feels just unsteady enough that if it doesn't land on a coherent final chord, it won't hold together as a whole. The caliber of performers and the strength of the source material makes me optimistic.
March 18, 2020
Clumsy dialogue aside, "Little Fires Everywhere" is entertaining as a high-end soap opera driven by star power, a little bit of mystery and lots of '90s pop culture references.
March 18, 2020
Subtle and not-so-subtle themes of institutional racism and class warfare are in the forefront throughout "Little Fires Everywhere."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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