The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (2014)

Season 1
The Honorable Woman

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The Honorable Woman is a captivating spy thriller with a slow-burning narrative and an enthralling performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal.



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The daughter of an assassinated Zionist arms dealer seeks to legitimise the family business while righting the wrongs done to them in the past.


Maggie Gyllenhaal
as Nessa Stein
Stephen Rea
as Hugh Hayden-Hoyle
Janet McTeer
as Julia Walsh
Lindsay Duncan
as Anjelica
Andrew Buchan
as Ephra Stein
Katherine Parkinson
as Rachel Stein
Eve Best
as Monica Chatwin
Lubna Azabal
as Atika Halibi
Tobias Menzies
as Nathaniel Bloom
Igal Naor
as Shlomo Zahary
Uriel Emil
as Shimon Ben Reuven
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Critic Reviews for The Honorable Woman Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (21)

The Honorable Woman is first and foremost an engrossing thriller, with its status as a notable feminist genre deconstruction coming in a distant second.

Jul 31, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Whatever your viewing regimen, Honorable Woman is highly recommended for its distinctive approach, bravura performances, overall digestibility and, yes, degree of difficulty.

Jul 30, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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The Honorable Woman has become rich drama by the end of episode one, and the eight-part spy story only gets more complex, tense and rich as it moves forward.

Jul 30, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A beauty that requires time and patience, but at least strongly hints at a payoff that will reward both.

Jul 30, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The unbelievable aspects of The Honorable Woman never overwhelm the grounded characters or fascinating narrative-they just pepper it with a bit of spy movie flair.

Jul 29, 2014 | Full Review…

It's refreshing to encounter an entertainment so unsqueamish about the messiness of reality.

Aug 21, 2014 | Full Review…

The Honorable Woman is comprised of only eight episodes, each tightly written by Hugo Blick. The intricate plot never feels rushed or forced and concludes without ever sacrificing the complexity of its premise for a season-ending cliffhanger.

Mar 7, 2017 | Full Review…

The Honorable Woman is the kind of fiction that speaks to deeper truths.

Jul 31, 2014 | Full Review…

In a summer of TV abundance, this demanding and deliberately paced thriller 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.

Jul 31, 2014 | Full Review…

The self-conscious weightiness overshadows the thrills, leaving the audience as drained and numb as the characters.

Jul 31, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Very stylish, very moreish. I think I like.

Jul 28, 2014 | Full Review…

Intelligent British political spy drama is intense, violent.

Dec 23, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Honorable Woman: Season 1

  • Sep 04, 2018
    Intelligent, witty, mysterious. Great show! Binge watched all 8 in 2 days!
  • Aug 31, 2018
    Well, watched the whole series and looking back don't know why I wasted so much time. Wouldn't do it again. Convoluted beyond belief and overly Anti-American. Maggie's performance was great but it isn't enough to carry the story line and all its one dimensional cast of characters.
  • Apr 09, 2018
    This is one of the most compelling, most riveting mini series I've seen in a long time -- quality is on the order of a le carre novel. critiques have cited that it is too complicated and slow in parts -- which may be true. However, these are minor shortcomings that are far outweighed by the quality of the story and the acting. This is brilliant writing, and a series well worth the time.
  • Jul 26, 2016
    Daring and edgy. Taking a jab at politics.
  • May 02, 2016
    This movie should have been called the The Stupid Rich Woman. If your intent was to once again make America the fall guy and to make women appear to be stupid, devious and vicious, to further their career, you have succeeded
  • Mar 20, 2016
    Engrossing with amazing acting. Well worth your time.
  • Jan 11, 2016
    When slowburn, espionage and geopolitical quagmire converge, you got The Honourable Woman, one of 2014's bests with a fresh narrative to tackle a complex and sensitive topic and a riveting climax to reward those who are patient. Gyllenhaal leads a cast of characters all solidly written, their stories can spin off into more episodes or seasons (sadly, this will not be the case).
  • Sep 21, 2015
    Exceptional writing. Unbearably tense, sometimes hard to follow but ultimately very rewarding.
  • Jul 31, 2015
    Wow - just so incredibly well written, well performed, and well photographed. The characters and the story are really engaging. Brilliantly done.
  • Jun 02, 2015
    Damm near perfect spy series . Much better than Homeland or The Americans combined!

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