Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic 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: Matt Roush
    Jul 31, 2014
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 28, 2014
    The miniseries weaves a spectacularly well-constructed story--intricate, dense, demanding and rewarding--about loyalty, deception, forgiveness and revenge.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jul 17, 2014
    The Honorable Woman is a slow-building but gripping story, regardless of where you stand on Mideast politics; Gyllenhaal delivers a remarkably measured and moving performance.
  6. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jul 30, 2014
    While there are some deeply disturbing images, The Honorable Woman is an astute, sensitive and at times delicate psychological drama that is evenhanded in the nonincendiary sense of the word: No side is entirely to blame, and there are villains, innocent victims and foolish dupes on both sides.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jul 31, 2014
    A beauty that requires time and patience, but at least strongly hints at a payoff that will reward both.
  9. Reviewed by: Ray Rahman
    Jul 18, 2014
    We can confirm that it boasts a string of crackerjack performances from the likes of Stephen Rea as a hangdog spy, Janet McTeer as his spook boss, Lubna Azabal as the housekeeper of Nessa's brother (Andrew Buchan), and Gyllenhaal herself. [25 Jul/1 Aug 2014, p.105]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 67 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Aug 15, 2014
    Maggie, as always, is lovely. And one of the world's best, Stephen Rea, seems well cast.

    It seems to have everything, except:

    Lighting for the scenes, and

    2. A frikkin' PLOT

    It works out to be leCarre on Seconal

    I was TIVO-ing it to avoid Sundance's horrid intrusions.....but find it best suited as an insomnia cure. bet. Artsy....I guess. Pretentious....abso-foookin'- lootely.

    But watchable.....nah........
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