Among the secular population, there seems to be a fascination with the orthodox and ultra orthodox groups of the world’s major religions who choose to isolate themselves and live only by the commandments of their faith.
In a A Stranger Among Us , Emily Eden (Melanie Griffith) is a police officer who is very good at her job. When a Hassidic businessman is murdered, Emily goes undercover as a ba’al teshuva (someone who re-embraces their Jewish faith at an Orthodox level) to find the killer.
Were the critics wrong? I think the question should be, would this actually happen in real life? Probably not, but this is a work of fiction. I don’t think the critics were completely wrong, but there is something about this movie that isn’t quite right.