The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 Reviews

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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
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
April 25, 2018
Season 2 artfully shows how such a thing could happen in America, step by agonizing step, in disturbingly plausible detail.
April 25, 2018
Beyond those deeper themes, there's just enough B-movie sensibility in The Handmaid's Tale to really thrill, from its visceral horror to its clever plotting.
April 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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 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
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.
April 23, 2018
The series continues to be a beautifully composed portrait of the ugliest human impulses made manifest.
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.
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
"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 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 19, 2018
The Handmaid's Tale remains intellectually nourishing, easy to admire, and difficult to endure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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