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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 18, 2018
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  • Summary: The Italian-language adaptation of Elena Ferrante's novels begins a coming-of-age story about childhood friends Elena (Elisa Del Genio) and Lila (Ludovica Nasti) in 1950s Naples.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Nov 19, 2018
    100
    My Brilliant Friend is presented in Italian with subtitles. Don’t let that scare you off. Take the journey. Amid the brutality, an intimacy and honesty unlike any other flourishes.
  2. 100
    The casting is exceptional. Every face and body is credible as one that might actually have lived in that period. The performances are alert and sensitive without seeming studied. ... This is a late-breaking candidate for show of the year, a drama about the place where aspiration and reality intersect.
  3. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Nov 15, 2018
    91
    Around the lead characters, we start to see a whole generation come of age. I mean it as a compliment when I say that My Brilliant Friend is the year’s best teen drama, drawing you into the lives, loves, and struggles of a group of children cusping on adulthood.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Nov 14, 2018
    90
    Throughout, we see the world the way the girls see it, knowing what they know. The world seems bigger to them, and thus their emotions always feel bigger, in ways that can make My Brilliant Friend acutely thrilling or devastating. ... This is a great show with a huge heart. Just be prepared for it to break yours every now and then.
  5. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Nov 16, 2018
    80
    The story is easy to get swept up into, in regards to the rhythms of its language and the cyclical nature of its challenges. Their struggles feel both relatable and totally foreign all at once.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Nov 14, 2018
    80
    The adaptation has a sharp sense of time and place without nostalgia or sentimentality. Costanzo’s attention to period detail helps; it can feel as if you’re watching a lost postwar Italian film about postwar Italy.
  7. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Nov 15, 2018
    67
    So many individual pieces are intriguing, and some even prove rewarding over hours of consideration. Still, even the most introspective series doesn’t need to be such a slog.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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  1. Nov 18, 2018
    10
    What an incredible beginning to a series.... it just feels incredibly authentic. It's remarkable that 2 of my 3 or 4 favorite shows areWhat an incredible beginning to a series.... it just feels incredibly authentic. It's remarkable that 2 of my 3 or 4 favorite shows are Italian (this and Gomorrah). Expand