Parents' Guide to

Olive Kitteridge

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Powerful adaptation with themes of mental illness, suicide.

TV HBO Drama 2014
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Despite some minor changes, this TV adaptation successfully intertwines the book's 13 narratives into a smoothly dramatic, intense viewing experience. McDormand successfully captures Olive's unsophisticated -- but complex -- character, who longs to be appreciated and understood but is incapable of exuding any warmth or emotional attachment to those she cares about.

It's not always easy to watch, but there's an earnestness to the series that makes it worthwhile. Meanwhile, intensely powerful performances by actors such as Cory Michael Smith, (who plays Coulson's troubled adult son) are balanced with occasional lighthearted moments and a cameo appearance by Bill Murray. Viewers who read the book will not be disappointed, and those who haven't will still find something here.

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