Big Little Lies : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 19, 2017
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  • Summary: The David E. Kelley adaptation of Liane Moriarity's novel of the same name about how seemingly perfect lives of three mothers of seven-years-old children--Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Jane (Shailene Woodley)--end with someone committing murder.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Feb 17, 2017
    100
    Thanks to the stellar work of Vallee, Kelley and the top-flight cast, Big Little Lies, like its characters, delivers a high-sheen surface. But, unlike some self-consciously glum prestige TV dramas, Big Little Lies isn't afraid to be entertaining, mixing intimate, dark drama with sly social commentary. It's one of the best shows of this still-young year.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Feb 6, 2017
    91
    The lessons learned from Big Little Lies won’t be as easily shaken. They lie not in discovering the truth, but in searching for it. And this is one damn addictive search.
  3. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Feb 17, 2017
    83
    The basic structure is compelling enough--viewers don't even know who the identity of the murder victim is through much of the series, and the layered performances keep us in flux over who we'd like to kill off, and who we wish would do the killing.
  4. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Feb 16, 2017
    80
    Each story is equally compelling in very different ways, and makes Big Little Lies succeed at being satire about the privileged that doesn’t end up cartoonish like Desperate Housewives, even if that’s how most of the women of the series might define themselves.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Feb 17, 2017
    75
    HBO made the first six episodes available for review, and they’re all entertaining.
  6. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Feb 17, 2017
    70
    The murder looms over the entire series, which spends most of its time establishing motives. ... All of which will, presumably, be eclipsed by the unveiling of who committed murder most foul, and who got fouled. Thank goodness it's all based on a book, or it might have gone on forever.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 7, 2017
    40
    The series might have worked better if it let the strong cast make the most of the troubled writing--good actors can elevate tired scripts and, in reverse, tamp down overly dramatic ones. But that Greek chorus of witnesses that props up the construction of the series undermines their work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. Feb 20, 2017
    10
    Great cast, writing and entertainment. Not sure what all of the fuss is about. This is centered around competing moms and made into a murderGreat cast, writing and entertainment. Not sure what all of the fuss is about. This is centered around competing moms and made into a murder mystery drama. So many complaints around the weak men and it's not a show for guys; if you're to "masculine" for the show then don't watch it. Simple. Expand
  2. Feb 20, 2017
    10
    'Big Little Lies' knows how to create mystery and keep us hooked on such interesting characters. The ladies steal the show and dominate with'Big Little Lies' knows how to create mystery and keep us hooked on such interesting characters. The ladies steal the show and dominate with grace, behaving like the camera is their passerelle. This is one of those examples of how to provoke the audience revealing just the necessary amount of information and make us wanting for more. Expand
  3. Feb 20, 2017
    2
    Note: this is from a guy's PoV. This show is about mommies of young 'uns, so I'm not the target demo. Still, it's so steeped in "momminess"Note: this is from a guy's PoV. This show is about mommies of young 'uns, so I'm not the target demo. Still, it's so steeped in "momminess" that it can't even qualify as a guilty pleasure. As such, it's just repulsive, for guys, so don't waste your time. Expand
  4. Feb 20, 2017
    1
    too much mommy BS. Could have been so much better...weak men...cast them aside you have nothing but biachy women. Had to fast forward it gottoo much mommy BS. Could have been so much better...weak men...cast them aside you have nothing but biachy women. Had to fast forward it got too dull and regular Expand
  5. Feb 19, 2017
    0
    David Kelley has written some terrific scripts in the past, but this is really weak. Every moment feels clinched and recycled. And theDavid Kelley has written some terrific scripts in the past, but this is really weak. Every moment feels clinched and recycled. And the direction is abominable. With a cast full of remarkable actors, almost every moment feels self conscious and artificial. My condolences to the cast and the capable cinematographer. Expand

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