Little Fires Everywhere: Season 1 Reviews

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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
It's addictive and highly enjoyable, and a tad triggering - but, you know, in a healthy and cleansing kind of way.
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
March 18, 2020
It's a busy and reasonably intriguing story if you skate over its less convincing twists. And it benefits from excellent work by Washington and Underwood.
March 18, 2020
Little Fires Everywhere is one of those rare multi-generational dramas where the arcs involving the kids are every bit as good as the adults, as the conflicts gradually build.
March 17, 2020
While Little Fires is more soap opera than art, it redeems the form with its vivid characters and their outsized, reality-adjacent lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 17, 2020
Little Fires Everywhere becomes, ultimately, a referendum on motherhood filtered through middlebrow drama - the choices mothers make, the worlds they do or do not provide, the secrets they keep, the control they want and increasingly can't have.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 17, 2020
Little Fires Everywhere is an effective, well-acted drama with some moments of real depth. Those moments of real depth just made me wish it achieved such moments more consistently.
March 17, 2020
"Little Fires Everywhere" lands with confidence between the allure of prestige streaming television and a Shonda Rhimes-like propensity for soap suds.
March 16, 2020
Writer Liz Tigelaar explores a lot of interesting questions about motherhood and racial appropriation, and the supporting actors are all excellent, even as their characters are, by design, eclipsed by Elena and Mia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 13, 2020
Little Fires Everywhere offers an at-times fascinating exploration of parenting, privilege, motherhood, even womanhood, but its overall message is clear: Eventually, parents just have to let go.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
Even when Little Fires isn't at its best, it's hard to tear your eyes away from its leads.
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 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
Its exploration of why women often feel more alienated from than connected to one another is far from lean-in aspirational, but at least it's honest.
March 4, 2020
There's also a rich and satisfying teen drama nestled inside Little Fires' saga of adult ennui.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 4, 2020
"Fires" doesn't need a lot of extra trimming to make its viewers' hearts race. The series has the rare ability to make the mundane simply mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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