Critic Consensus: Olive Kitteridge's narrative slow burn enhances fascinating performances -- and a story worthy of its source material.
Olive Kitteridge: Season One Photos
Tv Season Info
as Olive Kitteridge
as Henry Kitteridge
as Jack Kennison
as Christopher Kitteridge
as Mrs. Kennison
as Jim O'Casey
as Rachel Coulson
as Kevin Coulson
as Denise Thibodeau
as Henry Thibodeau
as Jerry McCarthy
News & Interviews for Olive Kitteridge: Season One
[McDormand's] Olive Kitteridge, all flinty, sarcastic and sadly damaged, is something to behold.
Olive Kitteridge is realist in the best way: not merely as a decoration scheme, or cinema's equivalent of the vintage Instagram filter, but as an organic element of the story.
Olive Kitteridge tells a poignant, slow-burn story that is too long for a movie theater and too subtle for a typical TV series - the kind of creative storytelling outlets like HBO were made to showcase. And in four hours, it manages something amazing.
Olive the book was hailed as an incisive piece of literature, a nuanced study of human nature and relationships. But on the screen, somehow, it's hard to appreciate the insights because the whole thing just feels so gosh-darned depressing.
These four transporting hours tell a touching, funny, heartbreaking story that underscores how complex life is, how fragile human interactions are.
Audience Reviews for Olive Kitteridge: Season One
Henry Kitteridge(Richard Jenkins) is a small town pharmcist in Maine where an opening for an assistant due to a sudden death has just occurred. He hires Denise(Zoe Kazan) who his wife Olive(Frances McDormand) takes an instant dislike to, even though Denise has some good ideas to bring in new business. Olive is a schoolteacher who accepts occasional rides to work from her friend and colleague Jim O'Casey(Peter Mullan). "Olive Kitteridge" may be about lives and dreams thwarted(sometimes involving mental illness) and isolation that creates over a period of decades but thankfully the miniseries never becomes a chore to sit through and is actually very engaging throughout. A lot of that has to do with Frances McDormand who is so good in the title role of a difficult if never totally unsympathetic character that it hardly seems like she is acting at times. And then there is Lisa Cholodenko's fluid direction and a running joke involving a lounge pianist. In any case, between this and Steven King novels, Maine does seem like rather a bleak place to live.
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