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Critic Consensus: Elizabeth Moss' expressive eyes speak volumes to unspeakable horrors in "Offred," an effective, if allusive, introduction to the bleak world of Gilead.

Episode Info

Offred, one the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife.

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Critic Reviews for Offred

Moss's beaky physiognomy and hawk-like stares might have been custom-made to play a bowed but unbroken woman incubating secret memories of a previous life, with a sarcastic commentary unspooling in her head.

Sep 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The brilliance of The Handmaid's Tale in part emerges from a quality it shares with the book: it never over-explains, or preaches.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The world of Gilead isn't quite fleshed out, but we get the gist of it from subtle details...Despite the show's tone, it's beautifully shot. Even the ugly scenes are pretty.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The Handmaid's Tale begins fittingly with the end of the world as we know it.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The great thing about this show is that it allows us to glean information about the new world we find ourselves in piece by piece. There's no lengthy exposition provided. The show trusts that we're smart enough to figure it out.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a very tough watch, but so far, a triumph of an adaptation.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…

In the midst of the horrors of Gilead -- the mutilations, the executions, the ritual rapes -- the most upsetting scenes to watch are sometimes the normal ones, because you know how they end.

Sep 13, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Are you ready for some dystopian horrors that feel just a little too real? Hope so, because we've just begun Hulu's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's chilling 1985 novel The Handmaid's Tale, a story all too culturally relevant again today.

Sep 13, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

This episode works best when it relies on sparse dialogue and focuses on Moss's face.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The much-anticipated adaptation of Margaret Atwood's superb novel has finally made it to the UK and, on early evidence, the wait looks to have been worth it.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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