Netflix review Russian Doll

The concept is not new but it still makes for great entertainment when done right and this Netflix series has done it right.

A cynical young woman in New York City keeps dying and returning to the party that’s being thrown in her honor on that same evening. She tries to find a way out of this strange time loop.

Leslye Headland (“Sleeping with Other People, “About last night”), Natasha Lyonne (star of the series), Amy Poehler (famous for her acting in series like “Saturday Night Live” and “Parks and Recreation”) are the three creators behind the series. They created a very intelligent, surprising and very funny show that keeps you guessing till the end. The psychology, the witty dialogues and dark humor behind every episode is masterfully written and the characters are recurrent but changing and growing.

Natasha Lyonne shines as the main character who gets more and more frustrated after every death but somehow always keeps it together. A fantastic performance by Lyonne. Charlie Barnett is a great discovery and Elizabeth Ashley is perfect as the surrogate mother of Lyonne’s character.

Stanley Berenboom

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