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The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 Reviews

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 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 25, 2018
The fourth [episode is]... the show's best depiction to date of how unearned guilt holds a vice on one's identity, fragmenting it into abstract concepts of good and evil that leave no space for the true essence of humanity.
April 25, 2018
Handmaid's Tale had a tough act to follow, but its second coming soars on multiple levels
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 25, 2018
The most compelling scenes in the new season are the ones that explore how exactly Gilead took over America, and that draw on contemporary events and figures with eerie relevance.
April 25, 2018
Season 2 artfully shows how such a thing could happen in America, step by agonizing step, in disturbingly plausible detail.
April 24, 2018
The Handmaid's Tale is powerful and propulsive. After the first three episodes, when the horrors become more predictable, it's even pretty watchable.
April 24, 2018
Perhaps the strongest early sequences, however, come through the glimpses of the past, which actually reveal moments of normalcy, happiness and even tenderness, in stark contrast with the hell through which they're living.
April 24, 2018
Not knowing the producers' plan, I can't say if the right length for The Handmaid's Tale is two seasons or five or more. But sometimes the best testament to a story's effectiveness is that it makes you hope for it to end.
April 23, 2018
Creator Bruce Miller clearly understands, loves and respects not only Atwood's complicated conceit, but also the care with which she created her characters and the message her work delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 23, 2018
Taken in large doses this makes for tough, wearying viewing. It's also worth every moment of discomfort it dishes out. For now, we can take it.
Top Critic
April 23, 2018
Still excellent, still a desperately bleak downer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 23, 2018
Now that the series is no longer taking its cues from the book, it can only become more pertinent by acknowledging that there would still be a hierarchy among its imagined second-class citizenry.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 23, 2018
I was blown away by the first hours of the new season, which are so gripping that my blood pressure rose right along with my admiration for everyone behind this series.
April 20, 2018
Showrunner Bruce Miller has established the stakes for this world, and while it'd be nice if there was more focus, the series remains as unforgiving and unforgettable as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 20, 2018
In Season 2, whichever way they go, it's the right direction.
April 16, 2018
The Handmaid's Tale remains one of the most meticulously, thoughtfully photographed series on television.
April 16, 2018
As a cautionary tale, Handmaid's is never moralizing or hysterical, instead constructing a pervasive mood of dread through quiet, deliberate storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 16, 2018
By anchoring each location with a series of beautifully calibrated performances, "The Handmaid's Tale" has become more expansive without sacrificing its hypnotic atmosphere.
April 16, 2018
The Handmaid's Tale didn't necessarily seem like a drama that required, or even permitted, a second chapter. But it's almost as though the times demanded more of this story.
April 16, 2018
[Elizabeth] Moss is the putative star of this vehicle, but [Alexis] Bledel is going to give her a run for her money.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 16, 2018
Handmaid's big improvement over the excellent first season is that it more seamlessly toggles between scenes with Offred and the rest of the characters... Still, there's only so much trauma audiences can take before it becomes too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 16, 2018
The results are dark and often miserable, even when The Handmaid's Tale offers fleeting glimmers of hope, and any time you think the descent has stopped, the show finds a new murky place to go...