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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 19, 2017
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75

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Universal acclaim- based on 274 Ratings

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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

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Feb 21, 2017
    100
    Big Little Lies is a slow burn. The joy is watching Witherspoon, Kidman and Woodley really working Kelley’s scripts, especially Witherspoon, who just commands the small screen with her abilities.
  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: Jeff Jensen
    Feb 11, 2017
    83
    Just when you worry the show is a pageant of ugly cliches about female rivalry, it gives you a poignant, nuanced scene to deepen the whole. ... Big Little Lies invests you in mysteries and the renewal and re-liberation of its women. Hopefully it can transcend to big little truths, too. [17 Feb 2017, p.50]
  4. 80
    There are times when you get so wrapped up in the private despair and public pettiness of Madeline, Renata, Celeste, Jane & Co. that when the series reminds itself to tend to its crime-puzzle elements, it suddenly seems less special. Big Little Lies is still a must-see because of its extraordinary actors, all of whom bring either new shadings to the sorts of characters they’ve played brilliantly before or show new sides of their talent.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 16, 2017
    75
    Big Little Lies isn’t stitched tightly enough to be a truly great miniseries.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Feb 17, 2017
    70
    If not a triumphant return to form, Big Little Lies is the best new Kelley series in quite a while. It contains all of his considerable strengths (sharp and clever dialogue) and some his weaknesses (precious and labored moments). It is nothing less than fun, if never much more than that. But that's more than enough to keep you engaged and keep you watching.
  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: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Sep 4, 2018
    10
    This show is so exceptionally crafted, sticking very closely to the book, yet straying just far away that it creates an intricate world thatThis show is so exceptionally crafted, sticking very closely to the book, yet straying just far away that it creates an intricate world that seems as different from the book as it is familiar. The elements of comedy are well interwoven into the somber tone of the entire show. Jean-Marc Vallée does a great job, and it doesn’t hurt that the music is wonderful as well. Expand
  2. Apr 3, 2017
    10
    I look forward to seeing this show every week. Really surprised this show did not get better reviews. Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon andI look forward to seeing this show every week. Really surprised this show did not get better reviews. Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman all put forth great performances. Not a fan of David Kelly, but here the writing is very well thought-out. A great mystery wrapped around a fluid story line and good performances. Expand
  3. 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
  4. Sep 7, 2017
    8
    Big Little Lies is great television and its exceptional, star-studded cast makes it all the more enjoyable. Not only do they offer outstandingBig Little Lies is great television and its exceptional, star-studded cast makes it all the more enjoyable. Not only do they offer outstanding performances, with Nicole Kidman surpassing her usual standards, but they are also aware exactly where to stop. Expand
  5. Mar 28, 2017
    7
    It's a pretty decent show, but it's really addictive, with great performances all round that make it look like a small movie, i can find someIt's a pretty decent show, but it's really addictive, with great performances all round that make it look like a small movie, i can find some annoyances in some characters, but the great writing and very good mystery will keep you hooked Expand
  6. May 5, 2017
    5
    I guessed the twist reveal of the last few minutes of the last episode, in the third or fourth episode. Very obvious passe story. The story isI guessed the twist reveal of the last few minutes of the last episode, in the third or fourth episode. Very obvious passe story. The story is about 3 sets of insanely wealthy parents living in mega-homes who for unknown reasons send their kids to public school, plus one single mom who lives in a normal home. Honestly the immense wealth displayed is a distraction and makes one scratch one's head. Sure, the public school is good but if you can afford a 25 million dollar home, I think you'd spring for private school for your kid. And for some reason many of the parents can sing like megastar recording artists. They do this at a talent show of sorts in the last episode, and again their crazy talent is distracting and frankly ridiculous. Maybe they should have allowed one to sing like a star, and could have been more realistic with the rest. We learn at the very beginning of the very first episode that someone has been murdered. We don't know who; nor do we know who did it or why until the final episode. But actually it's so obvious who will be killed, that you will guess early on and then dismiss it as too obvious. But you'd be right. However, the exact killer (think True Crime season one) seems random because, I am told, they didn't include the information from the book that reveals the motivation. So, that's a bit of a problem. That said, the acting is great. Expand
  7. 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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