The Handmaid's Tale Reviews

September 11, 2019
For a movie about an encroaching fascist regime of horrific dimensions, The Handmaid's Tale is an oddly serene piece of work.
August 15, 2019
The problem of the movie comes from the predominantly masculine vision that it offers: It is not in vain that the responsible for the film are two men - Director and Screenwriter. [Full review in Spanish]
July 9, 2017
Schlondorff's treatment is idly drab and antiseptic, indifferent almost, as though he felt Atwood's vision was cinematic enough.
May 6, 2017
The early '90s were also not exactly a robust period in political cinema, and the influence of the Moral Majority - so clearly felt in Atwood's text - wasn't as pronounced in the Bush I White House as it had been in Reagan's. But, sadly, it sure is now.
February 28, 2017
Book-based cautionary tale has violence, sex, and language.
September 7, 2011
June 30, 2005
December 21, 2004
overblown paranoid crap based on same.
December 17, 2004
Pretentious, self-righteous melodrama about the evils of patriarchy
May 15, 2004
March 19, 2004
August 17, 2003
Harold Pinter's adaptation has its powerful moments, but ultimately the narrowing of the novel's scope dilutes the story's message too much.
July 10, 2003
This film adaptation of Margaret Atwood's bestselling 1986 novel heralds freedom as a cherished ideal.
January 29, 2003
November 16, 2001
Uneven yet still gripping
January 1, 2000
At the end of the movie we are conscious of large themes and deep thoughts, and of good intentions drifting out of focus.
January 1, 2000
March 9, 1990