Russian Doll: Season 1 Reviews

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July 18, 2020
The best part of the show is that it manages to keep us chortling, even as they address serious issues of death and mental illness.
December 17, 2019
Lyonne leads an absolutely captivating charge into the frustrations of the unknown...
December 3, 2019
This series is a positively fresh entry thanks to a cracking ensemble cast - led by an inimitable Lyonne, of course - sharp writing and great production values throughout.
December 3, 2019
Natasha Lyonne gives a terrifically layered performance that ranges from hilariously funny in the early episodes to brutally emotional.
December 3, 2019
It offers philosophy, humor, a strong cast, and sci-fi-esque twists and turns that feel intentional rather than hokey.
December 3, 2019
The series' second half is deeper, darker, and more surprising than its first, and several key details are left up for interpretation by an ending that's powerful but leaves a lot hanging.
December 3, 2019
There's much more to appreciate about this quick hit of brilliance, from the leads' soulful performances to the edgy, adventurous direction.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 3, 2019
A modern take on the classic time-loop trope, 'Russian Doll' is a show that forces you to look within and leaves you sort of in awe of the journey it took you on to get there.
December 3, 2019
A welcome narrative that upends convention, sparks its own versions of fan theorizing, and remains rooted in reality.
November 25, 2019
Russian Doll is all about making that choice, that imperative decision, to give a crap about yourself.
September 25, 2019
What makes Lyonne's performance so courageous and cuttingly funny is that she's not scared of looking her protagonist's immaturity in the face.
July 24, 2019
Tightly scripted, compassionate LOLs balance the Freudian nightmares, while every episode twists and evolves in unpredictable ways.
July 2, 2019
Russian Doll is already an early contender for show of the year.
June 20, 2019
A brilliant tale of morality and mortality that finds an expert balance between sincerity, cutting comedy, and wild genre flourish.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 21, 2019
It may not have the most original premise, but the Netflix series Russian Doll doesn't let its unoriginality get in the way of delivering an entertaining, affecting tale. Darkly amusing and touchingly poignant...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 14, 2019
The comic situations are not abundant, but it does have sharp and funny dialogues, which stand out with Nadia's dysphonic tone. [Full review in Spanish]
March 15, 2019
It's directed with some flair by Headland, who bathes Nadia's New York in a kind of nicotine haze and who manages the crowd scenes with nice comic facility.
March 14, 2019
The show bends time and space to help us think about why it is so difficult to break out of destructive loops even within linear time. And it gives us a beautiful, vivacious vision of why it is worth trying all the same.
March 12, 2019
A fresh take on a repetitive story, Russian Doll is so powerful, intriguing, and funny in all the right places, you'll wish you could go back and experience it all over again.
March 5, 2019
Russian Dollis absent of the deep thought its creators suggest.... To misquote Derrida more brutally than Jordan Peterson: there is nothing inside this text.
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