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Maggie Gyllenhaal: Critics Love Her As ‘The Honorable Woman’ — Reviews

Wed, July 30, 2014 5:06pm EDT by HL Intern 1 Comment

Sundance and the BBC’s newest drama-thriller ‘The Honorable Woman’ shines — Hugo Blick’s new series covering the conflict in the Middle East premieres July 31st at 10pm, but the critics have already spoken out!

The Honorable Woman, written and directed by the Up in Town movie producer Hugo Blick, is centered on the story of Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal), 36, a woman who inherits her father’s arms business and finds herself in international chaos. The intense film is fascinating yet current, critics are saying!

Maggie Gyllenhaal Is ‘The Honorable Woman’ — Reviews

Heiress Nessa Stein, haunted by her father’s death is inspired to find a way the Stein Group (her fathers arms business) can bring reconciliation in the Middle East.

Even though Hugo Blick emphasizes that the storyline has nothing to do with recent events in the Gaza strip, one can’t help but associate this show with those current affairs. However, the show does beginsin a dining room in London with a young Nessa Stein eating dinner with her [now dead] father.

So can Maggie pull off such a dark role? Here’s what the experts have to say.

Lafayette Journal and Courier:

The Honorable Woman is a meditative thriller that investigates a woman’s inner life and a global hot spot. Poised between dream-state and tough reality, it exposes timeless truths while remaining as current as the next Israeli-Palestinian clash.

ABC News

Politically charged, laden with foreign intrigue and family secrets, the series is, in short, magnificent.

The Hollywood Reporter:

Maggie Gyllenhaal dazzles in a must-see miniseries set against the Middle East Conflict. As if one of the great surprises of the television season, The Honorable Woman on Sundance TV, needed any advantage beyond its own complex brilliance and a career-defining performance by Maggie Gyllenhaal, it also happens to be incredibly timely.

LA Times:

The film star and flawless international cast, the eight-episode, international co-production (Sundance and the BBC), the high-production location shots and gorgeous cinematography, the slow-reveal pace and political aspirations. They combine to make The Honorable Woman a thing of beauty that would not have existed 10, or even five years ago. And a thing of beauty it is. With her wide mystic’s eyes and Siren-like voice, Gyllenhaal’s performance all but defies description. By turns sweet and steely, humane and meta-human, her Nessa burns with a cold self-imposed stillness born of anguish and fury, and is like no modern woman we have ever seen before on any screen. Elizabeth I as corporate peacemaker; Medea, without the marital issues.

New York Daily News: 

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.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.

HollywoodLifers, will you catch The Honorable Woman this weekend? Do you want to see it? Let us know!

–Cara Munn

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