Nine Perfect Strangers, making its Hulu debut on August 18, is the story of nine people who arrive at the mystical Tranquillum House hoping for a transformative experience. The adaptation of Liane Moriarty's bestselling novel features an ensemble of A-list actors within its gorgeous Australian setting, where mysteries abound among both the guests and the staff running the retreat, all under the supervision of the ethereal Masha, played by Nicole Kidman.
The series reunites Nicole Kidman with Liane Moriarty, who wrote both Nine Perfect Strangers and Big Little Lies, and with David E. Kelley, who created the adaptations for the aforementioned novels. With the success of HBO’s Big Little Lies — as well as The Undoing, which was also created by Kelley and starred Kidman — there’s much anticipation for this latest project. So what are critics saying, now that they’ve had a glimpse inside Tranquillum House? Let’s take a look, starting with our own mini-review.
CinemaBlend’s Nick Venable praised the cast, notably Bobby Cannavale and Regina Hall, and the masterful way all of the actors blend the suspense with the comedy. He also recognized the series for adapting Liane Moriarty's book into a more screen-friendly format.
The Hollywood Reporter also thought the Hulu series lacked any deep dive into its multiple characters in the episodes screened for critics, and questioned which aspect of the show viewers are supposed to be invested in.
Variety pointed out that Nicole Kidman’s somewhat limited screentime — which allows viewers to get to know the nine strangers at the retreat and the baggage they’ve come in with — prohibits her from taking a firm grasp on the series.
While other reviews were troubled by the different tones each character brought, Collider found delight in the ensemble's mix of genres, calling the Hulu series “one of the most intriguing shows of the year.”
Most critics seem to agree on one thing, at least. While Nine Perfect Strangers debatably misses the mark in places with its narrative and tone, the talent of the collective cast makes this series worth checking out for anyone on the fence.
The first three episodes of Nine Perfect Strangers will be released August 18 on Hulu, with new episodes dropping each Wednesday. While we wait, be sure to check out our 2021 Fall TV schedule to see what else is coming soon.
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