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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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.
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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