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
February 6, 2019
Russian Doll is certainly the most entertaining, brainy puzzle in ages.
February 4, 2019
Russian Doll's investment in its characters makes it a binge-worthy show that demands an immediate rewatch.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 4, 2019
A plot swerve in the third episode becomes [it's] most compelling development,... it turns the series into something more fascinating than a "Groundhog Day" premise of endless resets and raises the viewer's interest in Nadia's eventual outcome.
February 4, 2019
The greatest joy of Russian Doll is Lyonne herself, who pulls off a smart balance of poignance and slapstick.
February 1, 2019
[A] beautiful puzzle piece, a circular, multiplane, existential mystery-comedy.
February 1, 2019
With its comically erudite repartee and an edge filed to an almost Pinteresque point, Russian Doll defines its TV moment: It is recklessly paced, dealt out in small, furious bites, and its finger has found a comfortingly absurdist pulse in the culture.
Top Critic
February 1, 2019
There are a whole lot of ideas here -- a few thrown against the wall to see if they'll stick -- but the real pleasure of this four-hour head trip are the performances. Lyonne is outstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
February 1, 2019
It's a performance where the actor understands the character so well, down to every little gesture she makes, every twitch of her face, that it's startling, at times, to remember she's fictional.
February 1, 2019
When she's not making us laugh, Nadia portends her death spiral with the sort of maudlin proclamations you can only get away with when it's your 36th birthday and you have very patient friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 1, 2019
It spanks the whole bunch of "prestigious" puzzle TV shows, by never letting the puzzle swamp its characters or their psychologies.
February 1, 2019
Every second, right up until the final frame, is worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 31, 2019
As terrific as the story and performances are, perhaps the most remarkable thing about Russian Doll is the amazing balance of tone, in which humour, horror, love and inky emotional blackness supply each other with revolving counterweights.
January 31, 2019
Russian Doll is lean and snappily paced; it even managed the rare feat, in the era of streaming-TV bloat, of making me wish for a bit more.
January 31, 2019
As the series proceeds, it gets more ambitious and more complicated in a way that's gratifying to watch. It's still anchored, though, by its sense of place and time, and by the infinite possibilities that a night walking around New York City presents.
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