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Universal acclaim- based on 79 Ratings

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  • Summary: Long-held secrets threaten to be spilled as Israeli-British CEO Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal) finds her company under investigation by MI5 after the suspicious death of a Palestinian business associates.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 31, 2014
    100
    This demanding and deliberately paced thriller (written and directed with ruthless intelligence by Hugo Blick) stands apart and above the glut of original programming. With its urgently compelling mysteries and shocking reveals, it's the equal of last summer's brilliant Broadchurch.
  2. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Jul 31, 2014
    91
    The series is ambitious and shaggy--those two go hand-in-hand--but despite its blurry spots, The Honorable Woman is hard not to watch all the way through. The story sucks viewers in farther and farther down a rabbit hole that does not end.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Aug 1, 2014
    83
    The Honorable Woman is really a thriller and, at its best, it's on a level with something like "Homeland" at its best.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 30, 2014
    80
    Writer/director Hugo Blick skillfully walks the hairline between a well-paced adventure thriller and a psychological study that gives us enough time to appreciate the nuances of the character we're watching.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jul 31, 2014
    80
    The almost contemplative tone of the piece makes the suspenseful moments jump off the screen. But the pace, which is decidedly deliberate to begin with, slows about halfway through, as the political becomes deeply personal.
  6. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jul 31, 2014
    75
    The Honorable Woman is intriguing from the start, but almost in spite of itself, as everyone seems to have a dark secret and nothing is what it seems.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 29, 2014
    60
    The Honorable Woman certainly doesn’t evoke any enmity. The problem, rather, is that it doesn’t provide enough thrills or momentum to completely reward the viewing commitment of its friends.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Oct 13, 2014
    10
    This is the type of show DVD collections were made for. And also for PVR'ing. Languid yet lush cinematography where nearly almost every sceneThis is the type of show DVD collections were made for. And also for PVR'ing. Languid yet lush cinematography where nearly almost every scene is bathed in a type of eerie silence that seems coiled to burst with violence at almost any time. Dangerous relationships, secret passions and the unraveling of a mystery is perfect for "power watching" on DVD. In fact, recording is recommended as the tension is taut, and you may want to watch a scene over again as a single inaudible word might be the difference in following the plot portents or losing it. Plus some parts just demand to be seen again, with excellent camera work, luxurious lighting and dramatic scenery and flawed characters with secrets to maintain while trying to 'keep it all together' in the midst of crisis and remaining warm and human meaning they come across as human and real. One gets the feeling one is in the middle of a feature length film by the time the ending of each episode arrives with a crashing cymbal sound inducing halt. Enough to stoke you for the next episode. It is a very well done series. Original, mysterious and sexy. TV never had it so good until 'The Honorable Woman' arrived on scene. Expand
  2. Aug 1, 2014
    10
    Faustian pacts, Shakespearean tradgedy and a Game of Thrones-sized cast of characters all wrapped in a conspiracy that will have the NSAFaustian pacts, Shakespearean tradgedy and a Game of Thrones-sized cast of characters all wrapped in a conspiracy that will have the NSA reaching for their notebooks. You have to wonder at the horrible symmetry of the storyline and ongoing events in Gaza. I don't know how it will will twist and turn next but you can be sure the small man/woman probably won't come out on top. A classic in the making. Expand
  3. Sep 10, 2014
    10
    By far my favorite show -- mini series, excuse me -- this season. Thoughtful, dense, complex plotting, fabulous acting, thoroughly enjoyable.By far my favorite show -- mini series, excuse me -- this season. Thoughtful, dense, complex plotting, fabulous acting, thoroughly enjoyable. Best thing on TV at the moment. Expand
  4. Aug 8, 2014
    9
    The series keeps you on the edge with all the pilling mysteries and little but tactical revelation of half truths.
    I particularly like it
    The series keeps you on the edge with all the pilling mysteries and little but tactical revelation of half truths.
    I particularly like it since it's touching on the sensitive issue of the politics in Israel, Gaza and West Bank which makes it relevant.
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  5. Aug 11, 2014
    9
    An enthrallingly dense and topical political thriller which rewards attentive viewers. The writing is intelligently complex and doesn't showAn enthrallingly dense and topical political thriller which rewards attentive viewers. The writing is intelligently complex and doesn't show its hand too soon enabling the 8 part drama to sustain interest right up to the end. Occasionally one has to pause to make sense of key scenes but generally this is quality adult entertainment. The Performances are great, but if Maggie Gyllenhaall doesn't win a cabinet full of awards for her career best turn then there will be no justice. She has never before given such a dynamic performance and this will certainly put her on the map. With an impeccable English accent she is FANTASTIC!! If this was a film the Oscar would be hers. Expand
  6. Aug 5, 2014
    8
    Maggie Gyllenhall and cast execute their roles perfectly in this political/spy thriller. The unfolding of events happen very quickly, almostMaggie Gyllenhall and cast execute their roles perfectly in this political/spy thriller. The unfolding of events happen very quickly, almost too quickly, so you will want to be paying attention. The writing is masterfully done as not to be over-the-head of the average TV viewer, but still appealing to the more high-brow. Cinematically, this is one of the best shows airing at the moment. Expand
  7. Sep 15, 2014
    0
    Boring. That's the best word to describe this show. There's not much going on except a personal secret s involving the two main characters whoBoring. That's the best word to describe this show. There's not much going on except a personal secret s involving the two main characters who are siblings. If you want to watch a show about cheating, affairs, lies, and illegitimate children that moves at a snails pace, here's your show. I made it through 6 hour long episodes of which there were probably 20 minutes worth of watchable material in total. Won't be surprised to see it cancelled. Expand

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