I Want to Know
Big Little Lies Season 2



Critic Ratings: 18
Critics Consensus

Sensational performances aside, "I Want to Know" struggles to stick the landing with questionable writing and a lackluster ending.

Episode Info

Season 2 finale. Celeste questions Mary Louise about a tragic event from Perry's childhood; Madeline worries their lie is tearing the Monterey Five apart.


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Critic Reviews for I Want to Know

But the drama's attempt to portray the messiness of marriages, the strange wisdom of children, the personal disasters hidden behind life's daily detritus is still sophisticated, curiously non-judgmental and, ultimately, powerfully moving.

Jul 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite everything, Season 2 of Big Little Lies gave me much pleasure. And not only for its superficial aesthetic qualities. Mostly, it's because I love the characters, who are messy, flawed, damaged, and still frequently sympathetic.

Jul 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Ultimately, the contentious follow-up season offered plenty of spectacle, but it couldn't deliver a cohesive story with believable, compelling development.

Jul 22, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Knowing that the Monterey Five decided to just show up -- to face their lie, and face it together -- can provide some much needed closure for such a big event in our lives.

Jul 22, 2019 | Full Review…

The lies were weak, a little pointless, and not particularly compelling. What's the point of Big Little Lies if it's not all about fascinating, dramatic lies?

Jul 22, 2019 | Full Review…

While the performances were as solid as ever, the writing in this finale continually turned into a slog that often seemed like self-congratulatory circle-jerking on [David E] Kelley's part.

Jul 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Bless Renata Klein [Laura Dern], the MVP of this finale episode and all of Season 2.

Jul 22, 2019 | Full Review…

The electricity of the performances pumped into existence a thousand memes, but the currents were not strong enough to distract us from the weak plot.

Jul 24, 2019 | Full Review…

I'd classify season 2 as a solid B compared to season 1's A high bar. It got to do some valuable things: flesh out the character of Ed, show the ramifications of life after abuse with Celeste and the boys, give us many more Renata memes.

Jul 22, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Thankfully, the team behind Big Little Lies knew that less is more, and instead of going big or insisting on spelling out unnecessary details, we got an ending that remained true to the characters and didn't insult our intelligence.

Jul 22, 2019 | Rating: 4.0/5.0 | Full Review…