The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 (2019)


Season 3
The Handmaid's Tale

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The Handmaid's Tale's third season reigns in its horrors and inspires hope that revolution really is possible -- if only the story would stop spinning its wheels and get to it already.



Critic Ratings: 48


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Air date: Jun 5, 2019
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Air date: Jul 10, 2019
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Critic Reviews for The Handmaid's Tale Season 3

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (20)

Rarely are lighting, design and music so privileged over dialogue.

Jun 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

June -- trapped in her sequence of shock, rebellion, rinse, repeat -- doesn't feel like a person anymore.

Jun 5, 2019 | Full Review…

If not much sunnier, not as relentlessly grim as the second, while June is slowly, methodically, morphing into the Robo-June we know she must become. So far, so good.

May 31, 2019 | Full Review…
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What's obvious about "The Handmaid's Tale" works wonders. What's more opaque can create problems.

May 29, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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One of the most chilling aspects of the superb third series of The Handmaid's Tale has been the way new horrors are evoked.

Jul 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Trust nobody. And wait until you discover what Lydia's backstory is.

Jul 10, 2019 | Full Review…

The Handmaid's Tale fails to incorporate historical parallels to Gilead into the narrative, erasing black women from the very stories of their own subjugation.

Jul 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Sheesh but it's good: Margaret Atwood's characters have taken on a life of their own way past the book, which is surely the bellwether of any decent dys- or utopia.

Jun 17, 2019 | Full Review…

The show has spent three seasons building out an alternate world. What a shame it would be if it never developed the imagination or ambition to really explore it.

Jun 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The newly arrived season three appears to lack a sense of direction, spending an inordinate amount of time on close-ups of its heroine's alternately inscrutable, furious or resolute face.

Jun 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3

  • 4h ago
    I have stuck with this show for 2 and a half seasons now with the hope that at some point the show would start resolving the issues it has established so terrifyingly. Season 3 did not give me that satisfaction. It's more of the same from season 1 and 2.
  • 4h ago
    It's clear that this season only exists to exploit the success of the brand, and it's enraging that they're ruining a good story for the sake of money. Every single episode is exceptionally well acted and shot, and it would count as an outstanding piece of narrative... if only this was yet the first or the second season. At season three, we've already seen and experimented all that OfJosef sees and experiments in Gilead, and forcing characters into repeating the same chooses and errors makes them look dumb and incoherent. Season 3 should have been a final act to this drama, which honestly could have already ended at season 2. On the contrary, it appears that we're far from even reaching a point which will allow Handmaid's tale to decently end at season 4. What a waste!
  • 7h ago
    If I could give it a lower score I would. This season went off the rails and is lost in the wilderness. One should start taking shots every time June looks defiantly at the camera, at least being drunk will get you through watching this. So sad. What happened???
  • 8h ago
    After watching for 2 seasons, this season after a few episodes I have given up on the show. As it has become painfully obvious, that what would have made a good mini-series, or an extended 3 episodes of Black Mirror, has dragged well past its prime. It is now transformed into a "man hating" indulgence, that is grating and tiresome.
  • 14h ago
    Season 3 is too slow. Utter nonsense
  • 19h ago
    Relentless gloom and suffering - sorry but this isn't entertainment
  • 21h ago
    Not worth watching anymore. Hulu needs to pack it in.
  • 22h ago
    This season has been so boring, there has been no significant developments. I think I will watch the rest of this season by fast forwarding the episodes so I don't waste my time.
  • Jul 18, 2019
    The episodes in season 2 have been pretty terrible. It's time for June to get out and go be with baby Nicole. It would make more sense to turn the story line to her husband and perhaps have him go back for Hannah. I'm over June and her mindless starring and trembling at the camera and being a complete mean girl when it suits her and then back to trying to be a merciful angel. I will probably stop watching it soon.
  • 1d ago
    As this show 'progresses', it becomes evermore absurd. If Gilead is as brutal and oppressive as the author and show-runners would have us believe, there's no logical reason for Ofred's character to even be alive at this point given all the mayhem she's caused. This show is for people that have dystopian fantasies of living in a religious/fundamentalist society and given the number of chances Ofred's had at escaping, apparently it's her fantasy too.

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