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Unorthodox: Miniseries (2020)



Critic Consensus: Unorthodox adapts its source material with extreme care, crafting a series that is at once intimate and urgent, all centered around Shira Haas' captivating performance.


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Based on the New York Times bestselling memoir of the same name by Deborah Feldman, Unorthodox is a story about a girl who rejects her radicalized upbringing and leaves to start a new life. One part coming of age story, and one part thriller, set in the fun world of Berlin, we watch as a girl discovers all parts of life, of herself and as she follows the dark trails to uncover the dangerous mysteries of her family's past.


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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (15)

Through a glance, or a gesture, or a swell of emotions seen in her eyes, we see that her Esty is proud and scared, self-assured and filled with doubt, but always defiantly and powerfully herself.

March 27, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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If only the miniseries that sets [Esty] free had more to say about the community she's fleeing, or the new world she throws herself into.

March 27, 2020 | Full Review…

"Unorthodox" feels like a modest revelation: It uses familiar language to explore what it means to push beyond the strictures of ritual and community guidelines by digging into the mindset of a woman battling to think for herself.

March 27, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Director Maria Schrader doesn't hold back on the tortures Esty has endured and includes staging what must be one of the most unerotic sex scenes in screen history. Rarely has a director's intent to make us feel a character's pain been so vividly realized.

April 29, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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"Unorthodox" is a lovely and very specific depiction of a woman for whom music is a form of truth, who is negotiating her path after virtually living in hiding for her entire life.

April 16, 2020 | Full Review…

At times it feels as if we're watching life on another planet,

July 31, 2020 | Full Review…

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