Big Little Lies: Season 2 Reviews

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August 26, 2019
It's a great revisit to these gang of powerful women undergoing scrutiny for something necessary. Wonderful additions and a light story are enough for a new season. [Full review in Spanish].
August 6, 2019
As the fans thirst for a THIRD season of this show, I beg them (and the powers that be at HBO) to please let it end. One season was amazing, two seasons was questionable, a third would be a downright terrible idea.
July 26, 2019
HBO, determined to win some more Emmys, and replicate the lighting-in-a-bottle brilliance that was season one, made a season that fails to justify its existence.
July 25, 2019
Forget Mies van der Rohe. Sometimes you have to listen to Cecil B. DeMille. In other words, less isn't always more; sometimes only more is more.
July 24, 2019
If a little disappointing in terms of story, the second season of Big Little Lies was consistently invigorating through the power of its cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 23, 2019
Season two's biggest shortcoming is the way it prioritized Mary-Louise at the expense of Bonnie.
July 23, 2019
A melodrama that didn't have the courage to go the full camp; that puttered and faltered and finally fell over the Californian cliffs and into the sea.
July 22, 2019
It was the mother of all TV blockbuster finales, with one explosive secret revealed after another.
July 22, 2019
Though the actresses on the series did a tremendous job with the often underwritten material they were given, the series did not deliver on the promises it set up in Season One.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.6/10
July 22, 2019
"If we do a season two, we'll break that beautiful thing and spoil it." - Jean-Marc Vallée, director, Big Little Lies season 1.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 20, 2019
Season two wasn't unwatchable; in fact, despite many nonsensical developments, it was compelling because of the returning cast plus Streep... [But] it did need saving.
July 18, 2019
With more empathetic writing, Bonnie could have been the emotional anchor of season two.
July 15, 2019
You don't hire a director like Arnold, with a distinct visual style, say that's what you want, and then edit it to be unrecognizable.
July 10, 2019
Big Little Lies is a must-see - again.
July 3, 2019
Big Little Lies will never be without its pleasures. But this season, those pleasures feel divided.
July 1, 2019
By introducing a detective into an already-solved mystery, the show subverts the genre itself, eating away at the happy ending "solution" with the gnawing hunger of a grief that will not be satisfied.
July 1, 2019
What I appreciate about this season of Big Little Lies is its messiness; it feels undone somehow, and ragged. It's harder on its characters; it doesn't coddle them in cashmere but shoves them right into the deep end.
June 28, 2019
There are more secrets and more shame. It should be fun to see how it all plays out.
June 25, 2019
Its nuanced look at the ways that domestic violence can remain hidden from public view is one of the series' most important additions to the cultural conversation.
June 24, 2019
By leaning into exaggeration this season, though, Big Little Lies has made its more sober elements feel like afterthoughts to jokes about the ridiculousness of Californians and self-absorbed stay-at-home moms.
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