Critic Consensus: "After" weaves various storylines beautifully in a bleak climate that turns strangely hopeful, with a standout performance by a featured character.
Critic reviews for After
In an otherwise incredibly empowering episode of The Handmaid's Tale, Moira is reduced to a woman defined by her reproductive choices.
As glimmers of hope increasingly threaten to crack through the oppressive atmosphere that dominates The Handmaid's Tale, we see the scales of power begin to tip.
So: The eternal mud-wrestling match between Offred and Serena would appear, at first, to be ended, or at least suspended, or at least different.
[Samira] Wiley has been consistently brilliant in the role, but this week, she utterly broke me.
As The Handmaid's Tale stops to recalibrate itself before heading into the home stretch, it stumbles a little, weaving its many threads together in a way that's somewhat satisfying, impeccably acted, and beautifully filmed, but frustratingly lightweight.
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