The Handmaid's Tale - Season 2, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes
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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.

Episode Info

Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead.

Cast

Joseph Fiennes
as Commander Fred Waterford
Ann Dowd
as Aunt Lydia
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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.

May 21, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

This show could also be called June Looks Powerfully Into The Camera. Elisabeth Moss manages to convey so much in her piercing looks.

April 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

April 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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?

April 25, 2018 | Rating: 8.9/10 | Full Review…

"June" is a shock to the system for the viewers and the characters alike.

April 25, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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