Big Love : Season 4

  • Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 12, 2006
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Those "Huh?" moments, combined with the general creepiness of religious cults, makes Big Love uncomfortable at times. But for continuous action and a multitude of subplots with a minimum of bad language, it won't disappoint.
  2. At its best, Big Love is an intricate soap opera rooted in family, but in this new season the show is spinning off into too many directions. None, taken individually, is terrible, but altogether these myriad plots create a lack of focus.
  3. As usual, it's all too busy, too tonally inconsistent (the scenes with Bill's parents seem to exist not only on a different series, but a different plane of reality) and too often obscures the terrific work being done by Tripplehorn, Sevigny, Goodwin and Seyfried.
  4. All of the wives are more interesting than their husband. Paxton's character remains a problem for me and, as the pole on which this tent depends, a crucial one.
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    40
    HBO probably wants us to regard it as brilliant layering. But viewers who have three previous seasons' investment deserve Big Love's original (and more linear) sense of twisted heart and dark metaphor. Even the actors look alternately confused and pooped, empty shells of the characters they used to play.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. LindaW.
    Jan 28, 2010
    8
    Good show, but it just pisses me off how short the seasons are, and how long you have to wait until the next one.
  2. PaulR.
    Jan 12, 2010
    6
    A disappointing season opener to a show we've grown to expect will be stellar. Overstuffed to the point of confusion--you have an entire A disappointing season opener to a show we've grown to expect will be stellar. Overstuffed to the point of confusion--you have an entire season, people, slow down!--it reaches its nadir when detailing the preparation for the grand opening of the casino in ludicrous unreality. Get this: When the night's star, Kenny Rogers, is waylaid by weather, the oldest Hendrickson son's garage band just happens to be ready to play a set of casino-themed songs, and instantly! You expect the band to sprout mouse ears and have Annette Funicello join them as a guest star... Full Review »