Critic Consensus: Haunting and vivid, The Handmaid's Tale is an endlessly engrossing adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel that's anchored by a terrific central performance from Elisabeth Moss.
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Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized "return to traditional values." As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander's household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude… More
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There's hope underneath all of the oppression due to the strength of the characters, and episodes aren't just hours of misery from start to finish.
The series is a cautionary tale that at once feels like a cold warning and a hopeful reminder to fight back at the smallest indications of injustice.
The Handmaid's Tale is one of my favourite novels, so they're bound to mess that up, but get this: it's incredible. It'll blow you away.
When [Margaret] Atwood says her story is rooted in a long-extant reality, I believe her.
Once The Handmaid's Tale was done being a phenomenon, it had to start being television, and that, more or less, is where the problems began.
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