Critic Consensus: Haunting and vivid, The Handmaid's Tale is an endlessly engrossing adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel that's anchored by a terrific central performance from Elisabeth Moss.
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There are many decent actors in this series -- Joseph Fiennes, Max Minghella -- but all focus is on Elisabeth Moss as Offred, the handmaiden through whose eyes the story is seen. She is supremely well cast.
We want to watch it, because we fear that if we don't, we won't recognise the horror when it comes.
Offred is very much the center and Moss has never been more compelling. As oppressed as Offred is, she's fully human and, unfortunately, a character both of and for our time.
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