Little Fires Everywhere: Season 1 Reviews

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 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
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
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
If the series had scaled back some of its theatrics to be more subtle, I think it would've packed a much harder punch. I don't need characters screaming at each other every other scene; I need them to be saying something of interest.
March 12, 2020
The adapted Little Fires Everywhere does contain enough bad behavior to make it a guilty pleasure. Even if guilt is the principal ingredient that the show is missing, and to a fatal degree.
March 11, 2020
What's frustrating about Little Fires Everywhere is that the discrepancy between the novel and the miniseries implies that A-list actors are all the show has to offer, when what should really shine is Ng's wise, haunting story.
March 6, 2020
Its proclivities towards suburban mom soap-opera-y melodrama in favor of something as thoughtful as its emotionally intelligent social topics are so undermining and blazingly frustrating at times.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 4, 2020
Its story plays out the debate, but its form is firmly on Witherspoon's side. In the main, this is a show too aware of its pedigree and its importance to drive home its arguments with anything but the most earnest sort of gravity.
March 4, 2020
Little fires will quickly merge into an overwhelming flame, and even though this is the first scene of the series, Hulu's adaptation goes right ahead and burns itself out.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 4, 2020
Hulu's adaptation is a resounding disappointment, considering the star power behind it - a flat, formulaic melodrama that hits all the wrong notes.
Full Review | Original Score: C