Critic Consensus: Olive Kitteridge's narrative slow burn enhances fascinating performances -- and a story worthy of its source material.
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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: Miniseries
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, and directed by Lisa Cholodenko... [Olive Kitteridge] is at once bleak and uplifting, entertaining and troubling.
[Frances McDormand's] deft, marvelously matter-of-fact performance suggests she knew just what she was about.
"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.
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.
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."
Audience Reviews for Olive Kitteridge: Miniseries
Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins give their best as usual, but it can't be a good sign that the most (only) fascinating character in this uneven, confused miniseries (played by Cory Michael Smith) simply disappears without any explanation after serving no well-defined purpose.
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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