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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, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 31, 2014
    Whatever your viewing regimen, Honorable Woman is highly recommended for its distinctive approach, bravura performances, overall digestibility and, yes, degree of difficulty.
  2. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Jul 31, 2014
    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
    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
    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: Willa Paskin
    Jul 31, 2014
    The Honorable Woman is in many ways, most of them cerebral, an extremely impressive piece of work.
  6. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jul 31, 2014
    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
    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 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Jul 31, 2014
    I really like this miniseries. The direction is very interesting and beautiful to watch. Its mood and atmosphere are very sophisticated and edgy. I also think it is the best work of Maggie Gyllenhaal (Golden Globe, Bafta and Emmy?) A role she was born to play. The rest of the cast is also outstanding. Furthermore, I loved when they played Radiohead in the first episode, I think that says something special about this miniseries (at least for me : ) On the other hand, the story is very engaging and updated, specially these days with the conflict between Israel and Palestine. This is high class TV. Expand
  2. Sep 10, 2014
    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
  3. Oct 13, 2014
    This 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
  4. Aug 11, 2014
    An 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
  5. Sep 18, 2014
    Excellent show. Great story, and it's a tad puzzling that a few naysayers claimed THW is plotless. It's a rich story line, smarter than 99% of tv shows these days, and the acting is top notch. Definitely a slow burn sort of show, but well worth devoting your couch potato time to. Expand
  6. Aug 12, 2014
    High end stuff all the way. The pilot is a little slow on action, gets a little confusing, but I have every confidence it will sort itself out. I'll be watching. Expand
  7. Sep 15, 2014
    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 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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