Just live in depressing morasses going nowhere and doing nothing positive. Forgot your password? Critic Reviews (63), Fall TV First Look: Find Out What’s Coming, The Best Peacock Original Shows and Movies, All Upcoming Disney Movies: New Disney Live-Action, Animation, Pixar, Marvel, and More, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3. Well worth a read and some reflection. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2016. Olive Kitteridge's story is one of the best portrayed narratives of the human condition. Olive Kitteridge is not quite a novel and not quite a collection of short stories. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Olive Kitteridge (HBO Miniseries Tie-in Edition): Fiction, See all details for Olive Kitteridge (HBO Miniseries Tie-in Edition): Fiction, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. The original version of this post misstated the dates that HBO will premiere Olive Kitteridge. The production's extra length allows it to do justice to Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 novel. In the first of this four-part adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel spanning 25 years in a small Maine town, math teacher Olive Kitteridge helps Kevin, a smart but timid student whose mom is suffering from depression, a gesture that annoys her son, Christopher. & Features, More Everyone is unhappy, lonely, boring, angry. Why do I want to read about such miserable lives? |, Oct 24, 2014 5,488 global ratings | 2,885 global reviews, One brilliant character study after another, Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2017. Finely Wrought Vignettes of Small Town Life, Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2016. Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2018. Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2017. Olive visits Christopher and his second wife in New York, but abruptly returns to Maine, where she gets some bad news about Henry, and ultimately befriends a lonely widower she meets while out for a walk. … We also see how she changes over time. "I've always enjoyed your candor," a catty acquaintance tells Olive. I gave up halfway through this depressing book. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2019. So, likely, will anyone who watches "Olive Kitteridge," which seems sure to be a major player next TV awards season. Elizabeth Strout’s narrative and dialogue flows naturally; this is the way we actually converse, I kept thinking. They're kind of folks you wouldn't want to meet for coffee. and the Terms and Policies, 1. | Well, about three quarters of the way through this labyrinth of a book, I realized the stories were going nowhere just like the myriad of hard to keep track of characters. Olive Kitteridge's story is one of the best portrayed narratives of the human condition. Can you imagine a gallery of beautifully crafted portraits of ordinary and unappealing people? I didn't read the negative reviews before trying to read this boring/depresing book. Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2017. Critics (63) Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. 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.". If you like slogging through overly detailed setting descriptions and thought processes of miserable, lonely, angry, vindictive people who all come from the same small, miserable place, this is the book for you. and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango. I'll make this brief. I should have! Brilliantly crafted and stunning in their ability to expose deep feelings of love, loss, abandonment and the complexity of life, the scope and breadth of this novel is far greater than the sum of its 13 parts. Strout's writing is lovely and I wanted to see what she had done to win the Pulitzer. Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. These 13 stories revolving around a small group of people living in a coastal Maine town is deeply moving and thought provoking. | More News | Rating: A- |, Oct 29, 2014 At the ceremony, Olive clashes with the bride's mother and scares the flower girl. There are no featured audience reviews yet. Meanwhile, Henry goes on a hunting trip that ends in tragedy. Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2018. Olive Kitteridge's narrative slow burn enhances fascinating performances -- and a story worthy of its source material. The percentage of users who rated this 3.5 stars or higher. Some of these vignettes focus on Olive Kitteridge and others barely mention her, but as we read them, we learn more about Olive and how she affects others, particularly family members and how they affect her. From the start, I kept wondering what the plot was and where the sad stories were going. |, May 21, 2018 Olive Kitteridge: Miniseries News, All We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your account. [McDormand's] Olive Kitteridge, all flinty, sarcastic and sadly damaged, is something to behold. But you don't have to like her (though I do, a lot) to get into this series. Part 3 of 4. Rotten (3). I found the book difficult to put down. 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. After my third reading of OLIVE KITTERIDGE, I am still unable to write a conventional review. All I had to just give up and not go on to waste my time. | 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. Psychological snapshots of the moments of our lives. We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email. A twentysomething Kevin returns to Maine, and Olive ropes him into staying over and attending Christopher's wedding-rehearsal dinner. Don't have an account? Olive Kitteridge Critics Consensus. 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. Writers Guild of America 2015 Award Nominations, May 21, 2018 Olive is the common thread that holds the stories of other families together throughout this compilation of events in the lives of country folk in small town America. Christopher suggests counseling to Olive after she and Henry have a scary episode following dinner with friends. All rights reserved. At over 1,500 reviews, I know my review won't make a difference, but I just wrote a negative review, so I felt the need to balance things out. But this book was even more of a downer than the previous 2. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. It is Nov. 2nd and 3rd. From the sound of many of the negative reviews, this was the right decision for me. All the characters are so miserable, just as they are in the other 2 books I read (Amy & Isabelle, My Name is Lucy Barton). Most Popular on TIME. Olive is the common thread that holds the stories of other families together throughout this compilation of events in the lives of country folk in small town America. Critics (63), View All 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. Later, Christopher confronts his mother about how she treated him as a child. Olive Kitteridge Few films have tapped into the seemingly conflicting emotions that exist in the human soul at exactly the same moment as HBO’s stellar “Olive Kitteridge,” a delicate, beautiful mini-series starring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, … Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! The slack pace and offbeat structure might try some people's patience, but the characters are intriguing and McDormand is superb. I found the book difficult to put down. [Frances McDormand's] deft, marvelously matter-of-fact performance suggests she knew just what she was about. These tales are finely wrought and expertly honed into little gems of introspection.