Olive Kitteridge: Miniseries (2014)

Olive Kitteridge

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



Critic Ratings: 63

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Air date: Nov 2, 2014
Air date: Nov 2, 2014
Air date: Nov 3, 2014
Air date: Nov 3, 2014

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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 Miniseries

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (42)

[Frances McDormand's] deft, marvelously matter-of-fact performance suggests she knew just what she was about.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

"I've always enjoyed your candor," a catty acquaintance tells Olive. So, likely, will anyone who watches "Olive Kitteridge," which seems sure to be a major player next TV awards season.

May 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It's not the visceral whodunnit or controversial biopic that the words "HBO miniseries" might conjure, but "Olive Kitteridge" is an absorbing, deeply intelligent drama that absolutely earns every emotion it elicits.

May 21, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The problem with "Olive Kitteridge," in which we see the tragedies of village life through Olive's jaundiced perspective, is that it reduces these varieties of disenchantment to the main character's aphoristic "wisdom."

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

But you don't have to like her (though I do, a lot) to get into this series. You just have to appreciate how rare it is that you're getting a glimpse into her world.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Oct 29, 2014 | Full Review…

The slack pace and offbeat structure might try some people's patience, but the characters are intriguing and McDormand is superb.

Apr 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Olive's compassion can be as blunt-force as her truth-telling... and McDormand's sardonic yet noble performance is a tour de force, easily among her best.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

The production's extra length allows it to do justice to Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 novel.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Ultimately, though, the dialogue is quick and snappy, the acting is on another level, and there are some strange, almost Lynchian moments that make Olive Kitteridge a fascinating, if not a particularly upbeat watch.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Olive Kitteridge gently insists that even a life as quietly, bitterly lived as Olive's is a big life, and [Director Lisa] Cholodenko's film is a wistful triumph in that regard.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

I wish this kind of elevated TV experience with its keen insights into American life could be seen by everyone next week instead of only subscribers to premium TV.

Oct 24, 2014 | Full Review…

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