The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 Reviews

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May 18, 2018
Narratively, we are beyond Margaret Atwood. The author is still involved, but the story has fresh energy, and maybe even a sense of freedom, now that it doesn't have to worry about being faithful to a text.
May 11, 2018
The creeping dread, tension and moments of sheer terror that defined Season 1 remain but now swell under the new stories, flashbacks revealing where the hardening, slipping of society began.
May 11, 2018
The Handmaid's Tale is nobody's idea of a chill watch, but the series' vision of a dystopian, fundamentalist society run by vicious theocrats continues to captivate.
May 10, 2018
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.
May 10, 2018
One of the bigger flaws from last season is we didn't get an indication of how Gilead was able to take over the government so quickly, and it's something they're definitely working on this season.
May 10, 2018
The Handmaid's Tale could never be called upbeat, but it goes to a truly dark place in the episode "Other Women."
May 9, 2018
"Other Women" unearths an unpleasant time in June's past, and also parades a new fresh hell before her eyes
May 3, 2018
The Handmaid's Tale hasn't eased up on its harrowing bleakness, and having left Margaret Atwood's source text behind, it currently has the thrilling feeling of being off the map.
May 2, 2018
The Handmaid's Tale is a masterclass in blending dark humor with subtle world-building and complex relationships that turn toward horror on a dime.
May 2, 2018
[Elizabeth] Moss, as always, is fantastic, really playing three different characters - the woman she was, the woman she's pretending to be for her captors and the woman she secretly is.
April 30, 2018
If you want harrowing drama, it's here in The Handmaid's Tale. Admirably so, if you are prepared to be horrified.
April 30, 2018
It's still compelling viewing despite the bleakness of it all.
April 27, 2018
The Handmaid's Tale is scariest when it speaks in its singsong, this-is-all-normal-dear voice.
April 26, 2018
The series is extremely well made, the cinematography is superb - and the performances remain strong. However, the excellent actors in the cast have to register only outrage, terror and despair. Can this kind of thing sustain an audience?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 26, 2018
There is something to be said about the unrelenting grimness of it all; the show definitely knows a thing or two about making it feel absolutely palpable.
April 26, 2018
This season, I especially like the flashbacks to the "normal," pre-Gilead world.
April 26, 2018
Prime examples of the The Handmaid's Tale ability to crush hope. But they also expand the world of Gilead beyond the Waterford domicile of misery and abuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 26, 2018
The show relies too heavily on Moss's panicked stares and ominous panting... But in the six episodes made available to critics, the season is clearly building to something, and it can still be utterly engrossing.
April 26, 2018
It may be a darker, less superficially empowering story, but it's more honest, and much more compelling.
April 25, 2018
[Yvonne] Strahovski, a commanding, cool actress, registers all these conflicts within the physical constraint of a primly severe green dress. She's like a blade of grass trembling at the sound of the lawn mower.
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