Critic Consensus: Not for the faint of heart, "June" starts off the sophomore season of The Handmaid's Tale with a poignant gut-punch of shock while flaunting a masterful lead performance.
Critic reviews for June
Fingers were crossed a good minute into the second series until, from within the van ferrying Offred perhaps to liberty, the telltale sound of barking dogs announced a darker destination.
Rebellious, petulant June is more in line with the go-girl feminism that this show is so fond of, and already feels less tonally dissonant than the first season.
This show could also be called June Looks Powerfully Into The Camera. Elisabeth Moss manages to convey so much in her piercing looks.
Even more of the action seems to happen within Moss' expressive face, but the producers do a good job keeping the all-too-conceivable horror going in this well-wrought cautionary tale.
It transits from a bit much to strangely poignant to making you want to curl up in a ball and sob as the close shots move from panicked face to face and always back to Offred's, eyes lifted in -- what? Prayer? Resignation? Terror? Remorse? Relief?
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