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The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 Reviews

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May 14, 2018
Indeed, while it is brilliantly directed and acted, especially by Elisabeth Moss in the central role, I've a feeling that it's going to prove too much for some viewers, myself included.
May 8, 2018
Its relevancy is potent, but a four-quadrant broad appeal mainstream binge it is not.
April 25, 2018
Rather than hitting notes of triumph that inevitably ring false, these latest chapters lean into the all-consuming anguish. It follows through on the logical implications of its premise-but also raises a critical question about its direction.
May 21, 2018
Sometimes the show's litany of sadism begins to look dangerously like torture-porn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 17, 2018
The Handmaid's Tale's second season is not just living up to its stellar first season, but it's also raising the bar once more for what contemporary drama can be.
May 21, 2018
Grim stuff, but compelling - oh, my, it was compelling. And terrifying because it doesn't seem impossible that this stuff could happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2018
Showrunner Bruce Miller and his team - which includes Atwood as consulting producer - took a risk in expanding things, but they've succeeded brilliantly.
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.
April 25, 2018
Even the moments you dare to hope for, well, hope in the bleak, blue-toned powder keg that is Gilead, it's impossible to shake the feeling one wrong move, one wrong breath, might incite catastrophic doom. It's both terrifying and riveting.
April 20, 2018
"More of the same" sounds like a pejorative description but, when it's applied to a series that won two Golden Globe awards and received universal acclaim for its first season, it is in fact the highest compliment.
April 16, 2018
These specific references are a bit jarring, but it doesn't mean this season isn't great-it very much is. It's just different, and it can't hurt going in with a separate set of expectations from the original season.
April 19, 2018
The Handmaid's Tale remains intellectually nourishing, easy to admire, and difficult to endure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 9, 2018
"Other Women" unearths an unpleasant time in June's past, and also parades a new fresh hell before her eyes
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.
April 16, 2018
It updates the commentary of its source material to our 2018 context, which only raises the show's sense of immediate urgency as well as its penchant for instilling existential dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 16, 2018
Showcasing fantastic performances, a challenging narrative and visually arresting imagery, The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 continues to be essential viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
April 19, 2018
[Season 2] offers a template for how dissent can grow, giving it one more piece of relevance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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."
April 25, 2018
Instead, what is most striking is the way it's both intensely unenjoyable but unquestionably worthwhile, an artistic achievement that altogether reinvents what it means to hate-watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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