The Honourable Woman Reviews & Ratings

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The Honourable Woman is a fast paced, labyrinthine thriller set against an international political backdrop. With Hugo Blick's (The Shadow Line) distinctive rhythmic style and vision as both a writer and director, he brings together a compelling drama about family inheritance, international business and world politics. Nessa Stein's (Maggie Gyllenhaal) father was a Zionist arms procurer, and as children, she and her brother witness his assassination. As an adult, inheriting her father's company, she dramatically inverts its purpose from supplying arms to laying high-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Now in her thirties, her sudden appointment apparently due to her tireless promotion of projects for reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians, creates an international political maelstrom.
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Jul 25, 2016 12:06PM EDT
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This has been on my "someday" list for a while. Well, "someday" was July 23. I'm only through the first two episodes, but I'm already (re) obsessed with the brilliant Maggie Gyllenhaal. And I am enjoying the slow rollout of Lady Stein's backstory and secrets. Well done.

This has been on my "someday" list for a while. Well, "someday" was July 23. I'm only through the first two episodes, but I'm already (re) obsessed with the brilliant Maggie Gyllenhaal. And I am enjoying the slow rollout of Lady Stein's backstory and secrets. Well done.

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Sep 18, 2015 10:16PM EDT
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I really wanted to love this show, but I just didn't.
It is sadly very forgettable. I actually watched it last year and just now thought to myself "Oh, I never got a chance to finish this one" and I clicked it and after seeing all the "watched" boxes checked I still couldn't remember watching it. I had to read the summary recaps and then I finally remembered watching. I have a good memory, this show just was not memorable. Very good acting though.

I really wanted to love this show, but I just didn't.
It is sadly very forgettable. I actually watched it last year and just now thought to myself "Oh, I never got a chance to finish this one" and I clicked it and after seeing all the "watched" boxes checked I still couldn't remember watching it. I had to read the summary recaps and then I finally remembered watching. I have a good memory, this show just was not memorable. Very good acting though.

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Sep 12, 2014 8:56AM EDT
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Very British considering Maggie is a NYC girl , good cast, so far so good ! Well after watching it all ,i think its quite a good story with a interesting twist or two or three....Stephen Rea as usual good at his job !

Very British considering Maggie is a NYC girl , good cast, so far so good ! Well after watching it all ,i think its quite a good story with a interesting twist or two or three....Stephen Rea as usual good at his job !

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Aug 17, 2014 10:55AM EDT
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this show was a real surprise. First few episodes seemed a bit slow - and a little confusing - but then they showed what happened to the women, and the story-line suddenly fleshed out and became engrossing. A well crafted drama, can't wait for the finale.

this show was a real surprise. First few episodes seemed a bit slow - and a little confusing - but then they showed what happened to the women, and the story-line suddenly fleshed out and became engrossing. A well crafted drama, can't wait for the finale.

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Aug 4, 2014 4:53PM EDT
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BORING

BORING

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Feb 4, 2018 2:24PM EST
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Good story.Sorry it got cancelled.

Good story.Sorry it got cancelled.

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Dec 2, 2016 9:46AM EST
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English production if I recall correctly with some good English and other character actors.
Very poignant theme - Arab Israel tensions.
Needs a season 2.

English production if I recall correctly with some good English and other character actors.
Very poignant theme - Arab Israel tensions.
Needs a season 2.

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Aug 3, 2016 11:46AM EDT
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It was ok but I just couldn't take to it at all. For me it was a bit cliched at time too

It was ok but I just couldn't take to it at all. For me it was a bit cliched at time too

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Oct 23, 2015 7:44PM EDT
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A very interesting mini series about a British business woman caught in middle-east conflict. I found the story itself very gripping, every time revealing more and more the extend of who is manipulating or controlling whom. The acting was also superb, very intense and often quite scary.
Now for the not so brilliant part: Unfortunately the series could been done dramaturgically much better. With such a politically and emotionally charged story the director manages lose quite often a lot of the suspense by showing lengthy scenes and underlaying them with a strangely unfitting melancholy , sometimes even wheney, music, that more than often rather pulled me out of the story instead of sucking me in. But all in all it was quite worth watching.

A very interesting mini series about a British business woman caught in middle-east conflict. I found the story itself very gripping, every time revealing more and more the extend of who is manipulating or controlling whom. The acting was also superb, very intense and often quite scary.
Now for the not so brilliant part: Unfortunately the series could been done dramaturgically much better. With such a politically and emotionally charged story the director manages lose quite often a lot of the suspense by showing lengthy scenes and underlaying them with a strangely unfitting melancholy , sometimes even wheney, music, that more than often rather pulled me out of the story instead of sucking me in. But all in all it was quite worth watching.

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Sep 9, 2015 8:43PM EDT
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A great thriller. Once you start watching it, you can't stop. High quality TV.

A great thriller. Once you start watching it, you can't stop. High quality TV.