Critic Consensus: Beautifully shot but dishearteningly relevant, The Handmaid's Tale centers its sophomore season tightly around its compelling cast of characters, making room for broader social commentary through more intimate lenses.
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Showrunner Bruce Miller and his team - which includes Atwood as consulting producer - took a risk in expanding things, but they've succeeded brilliantly.
The first two episodes made available for review were a confident return, a vengeful approach that offers no reprieve from the stark intensity of its cocoon.
The fourth [episode is]... the show's best depiction to date of how unearned guilt holds a vice on one's identity, fragmenting it into abstract concepts of good and evil that leave no space for the true essence of humanity.
Handmaid's Tale had a tough act to follow, but its second coming soars on multiple levels
The most compelling scenes in the new season are the ones that explore how exactly Gilead took over America, and that draw on contemporary events and figures with eerie relevance.
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