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Olive Kitteridge: Season One (2014)



Critic Consensus: Olive Kitteridge's narrative slow burn enhances fascinating performances -- and a story worthy of its source material.


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Adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pultizer Prize-winning novel about life in a small Maine town over the course of 25 years as seen through the eyes of Olive Kitteridge, a surly math teacher who is married to the local pharmacist.


Frances McDormand
as Olive Kitteridge
Richard Jenkins
as Henry Kitteridge
Bill Murray
as Jack Kennison
John Gallagher Jr.
as Christopher Kitteridge
Maryann Urbano
as Mrs. Kennison
Peter Mullan
as Jim O'Casey
Rosemarie DeWitt
as Rachel Coulson
Cory Michael Smith
as Kevin Coulson
Zoe Kazan
as Denise Thibodeau
Brady Corbet
as Henry Thibodeau
Jesse Plemons
as Jerry McCarthy
Ann Dowd
as Bonnie
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Critic Reviews for Olive Kitteridge: Season One

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (30)

[McDormand's] Olive Kitteridge, all flinty, sarcastic and sadly damaged, is something to behold.

October 29, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

November 3, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

November 3, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

November 3, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

These four transporting hours tell a touching, funny, heartbreaking story that underscores how complex life is, how fragile human interactions are.

November 3, 2014 | Full Review…

By focusing on the little things over a long period of time, Olive Kitteridge reminds us that the little things add up, in the end, to the biggest things of all.

October 31, 2014 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Olive Kitteridge: Season One



Super Reviewer

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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