Russian Doll: Season 1 Reviews

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July 24, 2019
Tightly scripted, compassionate LOLs balance the Freudian nightmares, while every episode twists and evolves in unpredictable ways.
February 22, 2019
Not many series would take almost half of a season to introduce a key co-star, but the moment this one does, the plot immediately tightens.
February 19, 2019
With the same humanity and attention to detail that it vests in all its intricacies, Russian Doll unwinds how the incoherent, shame-laden cultural image of mental illness diverges from -- and worsens -- the real thing.
February 11, 2019
It's hammy, but quite atmospheric, in a "middle-aged people getting drunk in New York" sort of way.
February 8, 2019
True to Russian Doll's preference for multivalent meanings, mirrors on the show never mean just one thing.
February 6, 2019
Russian Doll is an acquired taste. But do persist: there is such a fine, idiosyncratic, impressive show nested within.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
February 26, 2019
Captivating, original and perfectly executed. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 24, 2019
Profoundly sophisticated and repeatedly surprising...it reveals a shrewdly modern vision of the city, its eccentric nooks, and its complicated creatures of the night.
February 22, 2019
Russian Doll is Netflix at its best...the series is a heady, addictive binge that avoids the bloat of other streaming shows and delights with its many subversions of tropes and expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
February 22, 2019
What starts out as a brilliantly bleak existential black comedy becomes a heady examination of mental illness, deep-seated trauma, and what we owe to one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 20, 2019
The rules of that game are, of course, made up. But they do not make sense even by the end of the show, when it becomes clear they were contorted to fit the plot
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 18, 2019
With its creative script, acerbic humor, and fantastic performances (especially Lyonne), Russian Doll is a hit... now if only "Gotta Get Up" would GET OUT of my head.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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