The Telegraph: My Brilliant Friend, episode one, review: a powerful and nuanced story of a bygone era

Jasper Rees – Nov 19, 2018
Those anxious that Ferrante’s first-person prose would go for a burton are treated to lashings of textured voice-over. Often a voice-over is a confession of storytelling failure. Not here.”
“Atmospherically it felt like an authentic descendant of the films of Italy’s postwar neo-realism, a nuanced mulch of stoical poverty and extravagant emotionalism.”
Also very complimentary to the child actors: 
“ the two young leads…have established a remarkably high standard. Their burgeoning mutual fascination is already making for an intense two-hander about a friendship fired in the kiln of childhood. As for the wider society that frames them, normally these teeming Bruegelesque canvases require you to make the acquaintance of too many characters at once, but there’s already a sharp sense of who’s who. Perhaps it helps that this is a community without secrets, where every convulsion is witnessed by all.