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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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In a media landscape where shows can run as long or as short as they need to, having one that finally shapes its narrative to meet the underlying moral is as timely as the cautionary tale it's telling.
The magnificent Elisabeth Moss's face, as she set her bonnet square with intent (to the strains of Talking Heads' Burning Down the House: genius), bodes ill for the hypocrites of Gilead, and wonderfully well for the next series.
All their stories deserve to be heard just like Offred's, and The Handmaid's Tale pushes that argument by holding up a mirror to society, one that's timeless and horrifying. It's not necessary TV, it's a wake-up call.
The constant to-and-fro of hope and despair, the sheer defiance in the era of #MeToo, and the ever-enthralling talent of Elisabeth Moss make The Handmaid's Tale one of the most gripping TV shows to date.