The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 Reviews

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May 7, 2019
This was, in my view, the perfect conclusion to a middle-brow stinker...
March 11, 2019
The Handmaid's Tale has returned with a searing second season that dwells on how the spirit of Gilead, where women have no control over their bodies, has always been alive in the real world.
March 10, 2019
Once again, The Handmaid's Tale ignores the realities of racial history to tell a colourblind story of struggle that erases the contributions of black and brown women.
March 2, 2019
If The Handmaid's Tale has any story to tell us about current conditions at all, it is this: progressive white women from good homes were waiting for a show that depicted their class as resilient, traumatised sex slaves.
February 17, 2019
Sifting through themes of faith, abandonment, and responsibility, The Handmaid's Tale season 2 is a powerful return to a world that none of us want to live in.
January 31, 2019
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.
January 21, 2019
[It] feels almost hollow, a somewhat soulless recreation of aspects of the first season that places emphasis on a visceral shock value rather than anything else
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 11, 2019
As always, the acute feelings of both hope and misery hinge on the incredible talents of Elisabeth Moss.
December 20, 2018
It was mostly an excruciating slog, opening with too many gratuitous scenes of violence against women and culminating in an absurd finale.
December 19, 2018
Serena has become the most compelling and dynamic character on the show, even as she has become arguably less sympathetic than ever.
December 19, 2018
[It was] a disturbing, gory and riveting second season.
December 19, 2018
[It was] an eventful and thrilling climax to an eventful and thrilling season.
December 7, 2018
Handmaid's is caught in a hellish cycle of its own making: grief, hope, more grief, repeat.
December 7, 2018
A few story strands that fell oddly flat. But the central narrative and themes remain riveting.
October 23, 2018
All these different arenas give The Handmaid's Tale many axes along which to mirror or echo events, with provocative results.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 17, 2018
Yes, the sophomore season of the streaming series is solid, but the narrative pressure to course-correct a rulebook established in season one is evident.
October 10, 2018
Simply put, The Handmaid's Tale remains one of the most astonishing shows on television. There is no show bleaker, yet no show more captivating
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 13, 2018
They have not missed a beat... They are not mincing words.
September 12, 2018
At once sobering and inspiring, The Handmaid's Tale should be required viewing not just for women, but also for anyone who values a clear-eyed view of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 29, 2018
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.
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